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Alumna and Porcelain Artist Ginger Henry Geyer Featured in Two Exhibits in Dallas

Exhibits At the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and Valley House Gallery Run Through May 15

Ginger Henry Geyer (B.F.A. ‘75 – Painting) currently has two exhibitions of glazed porcelain art on view in Dallas through May 15. One, titled “The Porcelain Reformation,” is at The MAC (McKinney Avenue Contemporary), and is curated by Richard Brettell, McDermott Chair in Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, who also produced the exhibition catalogue. The second exhibit, “Ginger Geyer: Porcelain Sculpture,” is at Valley House Gallery. The MAC exhibit was reviewed recently in D Magazine’s Front Row blog by SMU English professor Willard Spiegelman.

At the Meadows School, Ms. Geyer studied sculpture under James Surls, printmaking with Larry Scholder, and art history with Annemarie Carr and Bill Jordan. She went on to complete an M.F.A. in 1978 in museum education with Nancy Berry. Her 13-year career in art museum work began in the conservation lab at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, which led to the organization of an exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art that introduced the public to the art, science, and ethics of art conservation. From Rockefeller education intern to McDermott Research Associate, her expertise developed in the area of collection management. She was selected to attend the Getty Museum Management Institute, and was a speaker at several national museum conferences. As special projects coordinator for DMA director Harry Parker, she pioneered an early computer system to assist with the DMA’s collection inventory and relocation to a new building. She wrote grants, interviewed trustees, researched museum ethics and standards, and curated small exhibitions of prints and drawings. Later, as deputy director for planning under museum director Rick Brettell, she developed the architectural program for the Hamon Wing.

In 1990, Geyer left the DMA to pursue her own art work in Austin. She served as a consultant to area museums and associations, and taught ceramics and painting at Concordia University. As her glazed sculptures began to take on theological meaning, along with humor, pop culture and art history, she enrolled in a lay program at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. There she completed an M.A. in pastoral ministry, did independent studies with Betty Sue Flowers, and was appointed adjunct professor to co-teach “Art & Soul: The Creative Dialogue of Faith.” For 10 years she has organized exhibitions, artists’ retreats, and art workshops at Laity Lodge, a retreat center supported by the H.E. Butt Foundation, while continuing to focus on both her studio work and writing projects.

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