Jun Kaneko’s Mammoth Ceramic Sculptures Debut on the Grounds of The Dixon Gallery And Gardens

May 26, 2015

A collection of large-scale works by acclaimed contemporary ceramic artist Jun Kaneko is on view through November 22 at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens.


Contemporary ceramic artist Jun Kaneko's work has garnered acclaim across the United States and around the world.  His powerful, large-scale ceramic forms, bold and colorful, yet quiet and spiritual, are currently on display throughout the grounds of The Dixon Gallery and Gardens.  Kaneko began his career studying painting in Japan, and he was drawn to sculptural ceramics when he came to the United States in 1963 to continue his studies at Chouinard Institute of the Arts.  His career flourished after further studies with some of the leading artists of The Contemporary Ceramics Movement in America.  Operating out of a 400,000 square foot studio in Omaha, Nebraska, with the world's largest industrial kiln, Jun Kaneko creates installations that are meant to promote civic interaction. 

In this interview, I talk to Dixon curator Julie Pierotti about Kaneko's work, the challenges of installing these massive pieces on the Dixon grounds, and what museum visitors will experience when they see the interaction between these giant ceramic pieces and the lush beauty of the Dixon gardens.

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