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Resilience: New Ceramic Works by Terri Kern

October 12, 2024–February 16, 2025 | Sinton Gallery and Taft Historic House

What does nature teach us about the ability to embrace, resist, or recover from life’s challenges? Local ceramic artist Terri Kern explores the theme of resilience in her latest creations. Inspired by the natural world, her symbolic works of art tell stories of love, loss, triumph, and hardship: tiny portraits dangle from the mouths of dragons; birds cautiously perch upon spools of thread; cages enclose empty swings. For the pieces in this exhibition, Kern also sought inspiration from a variety of objects in the Taft Museum of Art’s collection, including Chinese porcelains, Italian maiolica, and European portrait miniatures.   

Using wheel throwing and hand building techniques, Kern decorates her intimate narrative works, made from white earthenware, with layers of colors, creating vibrant glazed surfaces. Her award-winning ceramics have been featured in numerous publications and are held in public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Kern’s works have also been exhibited internationally, including shows in China, Japan, and Germany. 


Experience the Exhibition

Enjoy special tours, behind-the-scenes insights, and more during this unique exhibition!

Jamel Shabazz (born 1960), Drama and Flava from Back in the Days, detail, 2000, color-coupler print. Courtesy of the artist

Jamel Shabazz (born 1960), Drama and Flava from Back in the Days, detail, 2000, color-coupler print. Courtesy of the artist

SAVE THE DATE | Members’ Opening Reception | Posing Beauty Resilience

Thursday, October 10*

5–8 p.m.

Join us for an exclusive members’ opening and be one of the first to explore the Taft’s newest special exhibitions, Posing Beauty in African American Culture and Resilience: New Ceramic Works by Terri Kern. The program will include remarks from President & CEO Rebekah Beaulieu, as well as music and self-guided tours. Light bites and drinks. Free valet parking. 

NEW: Reduced Pricing!

  • $10.00 for Members 
  • $20.00 for Guests of Members 
  • Complimentary for Sustaining Members ($275+) 


*Please note: this event was originally scheduled for Thursday, October 4 and has been moved to Thursday, October 10. 

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By

Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment
Sallie Robinson Wadsworth Endowment for Exhibitions

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