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Heather Nameth Bren: Motherland

Heather Nameth Bren: Motherland
Date Thursday, September 28 - Friday, December 8, 2023
Thursday, September 28, 2023
6 - 8 p.m.
Location Johnson Gallery - View maps and directions
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Dr St Paul MN 55112
Instructions for GuestsPlease park in the West Lot on Bethel's campus.

Event Description

Artist Talk: Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m. in the Eastlund Room (CLC Building, Level 2). Reception with the artist following in the Johnson Gallery.

On View in the Johnson Gallery: September 28-December 8, 2023

Virtual Viewing: Instagram @bethelgalleries


Motherland is a clay and ceramic exhibition that explores trauma and its generational legacy. Kitch ceramic ephemera sculptures and ceramic tile mosaics "paintings" reframe trauma. In contrast, a raw clay installation references the plasticity to transform trauma into a new legacy with endless potential.


About the Artist:
Heather Nameth Bren is a studio artist who specializes in ceramic sculpture, creativity research, and visual art education. Her creative practice is conceptually based and explores ideas of dominant and subordinate perception through her ceramic and mixed media objects and installations.

Bren received a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2003. During that time, she participated in a study abroad exchange program with Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom, where she learned industrial ceramic processes that continue to inform her work. She has worked as a ceramic sculptor for over twenty years and has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.

Bren has been the recipient of a number of awards including a Jerome Foundation Artists Project Grant through Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. In 2004, she was recognized as an “Emerging Artist” by Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Bren received the 2010 McKnight Foundation Fellowship for ceramic artists. Most recently, Bren was awarded a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant for research in delftware and travel to the Netherlands.


Please contact Gallery Director Michelle Westmark-Wingard at m-wingard@bethel.edu.