Eckerd College has a long tradition in the arts with an equally long list of faculty and students who have distinguished themselves beyond the campus, located at 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The ceramics program has been especially vibrant over the years, and works by 25 past and present participants in it have been gathered together. Some, including former faculty members John Eckert and Robert Hodgell, have died. Others, such as Stanton Hunter, a 1980 graduate whose work is shown, have gone on to teach at other institutions.
The show is in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' annual conference being held in Tampa during the next few days, which will draw an estimated 5,000 ceramic artists, teachers and collectors. They'll have opportunities to visit this show and many others throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
So will you. For more exhibits, see the calendar on this page. For a full list of exhibitions affiliated with the conference go to the council's website, nceca.net.
The exhibition at Eckerd continues through April 8 and gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
You're invited to the opening reception today from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. eckerd.edu.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic