Stellaccio Lecture to Feature Renowned Sculptor and Ceramist

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Sculptor and ceramist Del Harrow will visit Illinois Wesleyan University as a guest lecturer for the 2018 Anthony E. Stellaccio Visiting Artist and Lecture Series. Harrow will speak Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in Room 218 in the Ames School of Art. This event is free and open to the public.

Harrow’s artwork, characterized by its emphasis on geometry and space, has been exhibited across the country, from the Arizona State University Art Museum to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. One of his collections is permanently on display at the new United States embassy in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Throughout his career, Harrow has come to incorporate a wide variety of materials and processes in his art, from sculpting clay with his hands to creating digital models and machines. “This way of working demands a continuous movement between the abstract and the concrete,” he says, “the immediately human and the obviously technological, but reveals also unexpected harmonies within the juxtaposition: the necessary reliance on tool and material, clay in hand, or code in computer.”

His co-curated project “DataClay: Digital Strategies for Parsing the Earth” is one of his most well-known works, leading to grants from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville, N.C. and the Graham Foundation Grant, among other honors.

Harrow is currently an associate professor at Colorado State University, where he teaches sculpture, ceramics and digital fabrication.

By Rachel McCarthy ’21