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Kansas Fantastica: Ceramic Pieces and Pastels of Eric Abraham

"Kansas Fantastica," the ceramic figures and pastel drawings of Kansas artist Eric Abraham will be featured in an exhibition opening Oct. 21 in the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist College.

Abraham, a native of New York City, has been self-employed as a ceramic artist for the past 30 years. Currently living in Wamego, Kan., Abraham has a studio in nearby Wabaunsee, Kan. He has exhibited his work nationally and has been featured on the Lynette Jennings design program on the Discovery Channel several times during the past three years and previously on the NBC Today Show "Art in Your Neighborhood" special.

Abraham's primary medium is clay, although he has had extensive experience with other media, sometimes in combination with clay. "Due to the self-sufficient nature of an artist's lifestyle," Abraham says, "I tend to be very adaptable with materials and aesthetics which are heavily influenced by a combination of images derived from the essence of the Baroque and Rococo periods as well as other highly decorative eras, including 'primitive' cultures, naive art and nostalgia."

Abraham also notes that he attempts to interpret "the lighter, more imaginative and amusing aspects of the human experience" into art forms that uplift and bring pleasure to the viewer.

Abraham holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Nebraska. He has taught art at Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Summer Vail (Colo.) Art Workshop and in the Wichita, Kan., public school system. Recent exhibitions of his work have been in the Kansas City Art Institute, Colorado Art Museum in Denver, and the Columbian Theatre and Gallery in Wamego, Kan. Abraham's works are on permanent display at the Anderton Gallery in Crested Butte, Colo.; Jayne Gallery in Kansas City, Mo.; Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kan.; and Sunrise Art Works in Aurora, Colo.