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Professor among 10 artists worldwide in China exhibit

An Austin Peay State University faculty member will be among 10 artists worldwide to show ceramic art at an exhibit later this month in China, an invitation that came during a summer residency in France.

Assistant Professor of Art Ken Shipley will exhibit five ceramic teapots in The International Top 10 Teapot Masters Exhibition, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Shanghai.

A committee will choose two of Shipleys pieces for inclusion in a permanent collection in the Shanghai Museum.
An Austin Peay State University faculty member will be among 10 artists worldwide to show ceramic art at an exhibit later this month in China, an invitation that came during a summer residency in France.

Assistant Professor of Art Ken Shipley will exhibit five ceramic teapots in The International Top 10 Teapot Master's Exhibition, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Shanghai.

A committee will choose two of Shipley's pieces for inclusion in a permanent collection in the Shanghai Museum.

This past summer, Shipley crafted the 10-12 pieces of art while participating in the Artists in Residence Vallauris (AIR Vallauris) fellowship program in Vallauris, France. While there, a fellow resident from Taiwan asked Shipley if he would come to Shanghai in October to participate in an exhibition.

“He came to my studio in Vallauris the next day and took photos of my work,” Shipley said. “I provided him with other images, and he sent them to the selection committee in Shanghai. I received confirmation a few days later that I had been selected.”

Shipley said most of the work he plans to take to Shanghai has been created since returning from France.

“Possibly a couple of pieces that were made in France may go to Shanghai, too,” he said.
Shipley said participants will tour Shanghai and meet with government officials, private business leaders and international art collectors.

In addition, Shipley has been asked to stay after the exhibit until Nov. 4 to travel to the town of Yixing, where there are centuries of history in ceramics, particularly teapot forms.

Shipley earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His work can be seen in galleries in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky and Indiana. Shipley also has exhibited his work in Germany and Japan and in collections shown in France and China.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Shipley by telephone at (931) 221-7325 or by e-mail at shipleyk@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer