American ceramist Lynn Duryea is known for her minimalist sculpture, incorporating references to architectural, mechanical and industrial elements.
She will lead a discussion of her work during an Artalk Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Board of Visitors Lounge of the Van Dyke Center on the campus of Emory & Henry College.
The Artalk will be followed by a reception with the artist at The 1912 Gallery where her exhibit, “Lynn Duryea: Structures” is on display from Jan. 15 to Feb. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery will open at 6:30 for viewing before the Artalk.
Duryea had been a studio-artist in Maine for more 20 years before earning an MFA from the University of Florida in 2002. She currently serves as assistant professor of art at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.
In Duryea's austere but intriguing work, the materials used are both functional in the creation of the sculpture and reflect the historical and emotional content of the pieces.
The representation of function is in an allusive and enigmatic sense, suggestive of the past. The objects are evocative of abandoned sites of human activity, generating feelings of melancholy and stillness.
The 1912 Gallery is located on the campus of Emory & Henry College just off exit 26 along I-81. Send an email to or call 276.944.6866, from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for additional information or to set up a special appointment to view the art work.