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Marvin Cone on My Mind: The Ceramics of Dean Schwarz

March 15 - November 2, 2014

Dean Schwarz, Barn Poppy, Lemonade Windmill, Watermelon Moon, 2011, stoneware, 19 ½ x 7 3/8 inches. Photo: Peter Lee, Minneapolis, MN.
Painter, writer, and teacher Dean Schwarz is best known as a potter. Born in Cedar Rapids, Schwarz developed his interest in ceramics while a student at the University of Northern Iowa. Serving in the US Navy in the early 1960s, Schwarz took the opportunity to visit as many potter’s studios as he could, especially in Japan. Studying with Bauhaus potter Marguerite Wildenhain in California in the mid-1960s was especially influential. Schwarz taught at Luther College in Decorah for more than 23 years, as well as co-founded South Bear School, a summer arts school also in Decorah, Iowa.

It was during his youth in Cedar Rapids that he first became aware of the work of Marvin Cone. Recently, Schwarz has created a distinct series of pots inspired by Cone’s paintings. This exhibition pairs many of Marvin Cone’s paintings with several of Schwarz’s pots, creating a unique conversation between the two media and the two artists. This exhibition is made possible in part by a Program Fund Grant from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.


Nancy Sauerman
on 10/22/14
Saw the exhibit last month and I was inspired, in awe. Bringing my friend, an aficionado of Iowa barn art, to this exhibit this month. Fine idea to pair these two media and artists.
on 04/14/14
Interesting & beautiful display.
on 03/10/14
Wish I could be there. To see it.
Michael Thomas Hussey
on 12/19/13
Counting the days until this one comes up. Going to be good
J. Johnsten
on 08/28/13
Looking forward to this exhibit! It will be interesting to see the interpretation of Cone's 2D paintings in the 3D work of Schwarz

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