Spring 2024 Exhibitions

The Don Russell Clayton Gallery and Malinda Jolley Mortin Gallery


Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future, Ten Years of the Zuckerman Museum of Art 

January 25 – May 11, 2024

Curated by Cynthia Nourse Thompson

Opening Reception: January 25, 2024 | 5-7:30 p.m.


Since the opening in 2014, the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art has served as a vital academic resource and cultural center for students, faculty, and members of the community. Conceived by stakeholders as a means of bridging the university’s approximately 7,000-piece permanent collection and the thematic programming of its two expansive modern galleries, the ZMA supports and enhances internal and external communities through public programs, service activities, and leadership. The Museum’s intentionally collaborative environment encourages intellectual and artistic exchange by delivering meaningful content, dynamic programming, and experiential learning engagement opportunities. Featuring a thoughtful and careful selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection, Reflections expands upon the Museum’s mission through a compelling lens: re-contextualizing and interweaving disciplines and diverse narratives to engage multiple audiences in the celebration of its ten-year anniversary. 

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Ruth V. Zuckerman Collection: Inside Out

Long-term display Location: Ruth Zuckerman Pavilion 

Curated by Teresa Bramlette Reeves

For the preservation of artwork, museums must often hold their permanent collections in storage rather than in public view. "Visible storage," maintains the necessary safe-keeping of the objects while allowing museum visitors to see and study work that would otherwise be unavailable. This installation employs visible storage to showcase a substantial number of Ruth Zuckerman's sculptures and drawings from the KSU Permanent Collection, while making aspects of a collection's care transparent for the public.

KSU ruth v. zuckerman inside out collection

Project Walls

wooden ceramic wreath art

Image Credit: Leandra Urrutia, Periphery, 2016, Chinese Stoneware and Wire. Courtesy of the artist

Project Wall North and West: Leandra Urrutia

In association with the ZMA exhibitions

August 29, 2023 – July 27, 2024

Virtual Artist Lecture: Thursday, February 29, 2024, 7pm

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The ZMA is pleased to present two newly commissioned works by artist Leandra Urrutia. Urrutia is an object maker and storyteller based in Corpus Christi, Texas. Borrowing parts of the human form, she makes powerful compositions and installations that showcase her wild and unconventional creative sense. Her studio work illustrates compelling female-centered struggles between body and mind, especially as one experiences injury, healing and the aging process. Her Mexican-American heritage, Catholic upbringing, interest in aggressive sports, and visits to China continue to bring an unorthodox influence to the ceramic and mixed media sculptures she dreams up. Leandra’s work has been exhibited locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Her honors and awards include a McKnight Residency award from the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an ArtsMemphis Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration, and a National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Emerging Artist award. Examples of her work can be found in the Lark Book Series 500 Figures in Clay and 500 Ceramic Sculptures. Leandra is a co-founding member of Studio Nong: An International Sculpture Collective and Residency Program that originated in Nanning, Guangxi Province, PRC. She also creates functional pottery and served as president of the Memphis Potters Guild in Memphis, Tennessee from 2019 to 2022. She taught ceramic sculpture, foundations, and a variety of other courses at the Memphis College of Art from 2002 until its closure in May 2020 and briefly served as faculty at Mississippi Valley State University from 2020 to 2022. Currently she serves on the faculty of Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas, teaching ceramics to undergraduate and graduate students.

Project Wall East: Ato Ribeiro

In association with the ZMA exhibitions

August 29, 2023 – July 27, 2024

Artist Lecture in -person: Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 12 pm

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The ZMA is pleased to present a newly commissioned work by artist Ato Ribeiro. Ribeiro is a multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of media including sculptural installation, drawing and printmaking. He was born in Philadelphia, PA and spent his formative years in Accra, Ghana. He is currently serving as a 2022/2023 MOCA GA WAP Fellow, and was recently a 2022 Atlanta Artadia Awardee and a MINT 2021 Leap Year Artist.  Ribeiro was the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award recipient, Artist in Resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, and received Fellowships at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, The Studios at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Madison, ME among others. He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and his M.F.A. in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

wooden collage

Image credit: Ato Ribiero, Warrior King, 2021, Repurposed wood, wood glue. Courtesy of the artist.

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