The Sheldon Art Galleries presents Carol Fleming: White and Black and Bold, March 5 – May 15, 2021, in the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Sculpture Garden. Free public opening tonight, March 5 from 12 – 9 p.m. Visitor capacity for the opening will be limited to 10 visitors per 15-minute time slot. Advanced registration is required at TheSheldon.org/events/springopening/. Registration ends at 10 a.m. on March 5. Registration for an exclusive, 45-minute time slot for a party of up to 10 people, is required during normal gallery hours. Sales end at the opening time each day (noon on weekdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays). Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Fridays, noon – 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free. All staff and visitors age 9 and older will be required to wear masks. For more information on exhibitions, reservations, and safety procedures, visit TheSheldon.org. This exhibit is sponsored by Ted Wight.
Carol Fleming started creating ceramic columns during graduate school at Ohio University in the 1980s and has now worked out of her St. Louis studio, Terra Nova, for over 30 years. She creates large sculptures of arches, eggs, acorns, spheres, and teardrops, and her studio is known for fulfilling site-specific commissions in 25 states. Hand shaping the stoneware, using her own recipe, and firing the pieces in her beloved glass kiln, Fleming’s trademark 8-foot tall, 250-pound columnar sculptures represent vertical bridges that suggest a human connection.
Fleming says, “In this time of conflict, of racial issues and political discord, let’s build bridges toward acceptance and peace. The overlapping black and white glazes remind us that…we share something in common.”