EXHIBITION: Form & Function- Ceramics Exhibition

Indiana State University have announced details on their latest exhibition at the Turman Gallery which presents an array of works by students currently enrolled in ceramics classes in the Department of Art and Design.

Titled ‘Form & Function’, the exhibition is part of the annual program that features work by a specific area of art and aims to foster the exploration of the discipline while providing a space to share diverse ideas and unique perspectives.

The selected pieces in this exhibition range from more traditional vessels to sculptural forms as students are given the freedom to express their creativity. Attendees to the exhibition will be able to see traditional and innovative practices used in ceramics that students draw upon to showcase both their creative and technical skills.

Kira Enriquez-Loya, Associate Professor of Ceramics and Chairperson of the Department of Art and Design, has worked closely with students to hone their ceramic skills. She said, “I am constantly in awe at the quality of work produced by students in the Department of Art and Design and this exhibition is no exception.”

She added, “Throughout the term, students gain understanding of theory and explore a range of techniques in both making and firing processes. Aside from experience in ceramic practices, this exhibition provides a hands-on learning opportunity for intermediate to Graduate ceramic students while they install their work in a professional gallery. Form and Function represents an experiential learning tool designed to increase career readiness”.

Additional real-life experiences to prepare students after graduation include efforts organized through the Ceramics Guild, a student-led organization that fosters creativity and entrepreneurship activities to support students’ attendance to professional conferences in the field such as The Indiana Clay Conference (ICC), and The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

Students exhibiting their work are Aubrey Arms, Abigail Canull-Beauchamp, Mallory Gossett, Stella Harrison, Denny Hindle, Grace Hughes, Robin Lane, Zoe Newbold, Madison Rumler, Sophia Sanders, Bee Snow, Alysen VanLeer, Courtney Williams, Mahal Wright, and Iris Zhao.

The exhibition showcases work from a range of courses at Indiana State University including ARTS 310: Intro to Ceramics class taught by Graduate Assistant, Madison Rumler. Students enrolled in classes with Professor Enriquez have also contributed works including ARTS 311, 410 and 400A: Intermediate to Advanced and Senior studio, and ARTS 610: Graduate level.

Form & Function is currently available to view in the Turman Gallery until Friday, May 10. A reception evening will take place on Thursday, April 25 from 4pm to 6pm where attendees can meet the students and learn more about their craft. This exhibition is free to attend and is open to the public between Monday-Friday, 11am – 4pm with extended hours until 6pm every Thursday.


  • Event Date
    April 25, 2024
  • Start Time
    4:00 pm
  • End Time
    6:00 pm
  • Event Address
    Turman Gallery (Fine Arts Building) 645 Chestnut Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809
  • Event Contact
    Tanmaya Bingham
  • Phone
    (812) 237-3787
  • Email
  • Sponsoring Unit
    Department of Art and Design