Press Release

HLGU TO Present Art Exhibit by Josh Mccurdy

Friday, February 3, 2012
by Carolyn Carpenter

Hannibal, MO - The Hannibal-LaGrange University Art Department will be holding a special art exhibit featuring the work of artist Josh McCurdy of Hannibal, MO in Hagerman Art Gallery February 3 – 29, 2012.

Josh received his degree from Culver Stockton College and has continued a strong passion for
Clay Vase
 art. He has been a part of the Alliance Art Gallery in downtown Hannibal since 2009.

Josh’s work consists of a wide range of functional, high-fire stoneware but his passion lies with raku. “Raku is an Americanized firing-method of burning combustibles (newspaper or saw dust) within a container. Glazed pottery is removed from the kiln with tongs while they are red hot and placed inside a container with combustibles. This ignites the combustibles and reduces the amount of oxygen inside the can, thus creating a reductive atmosphere that brings out all of the bright colors and coppers in the glazes. This type of firing is also very unpredictable, causing every piece to turn out differently every time. The uniqueness of the firings makes raku my favorite firing method,” said McCurdy.

An opening reception for McCurdy’s exhibit will be held on Friday, February, 3 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Roland Fine Arts Center on the HLGU campus. For more information, contact Robin Stone, art department chair, at (573) 629- 3175.


Josh McCurdy

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations