Selectively Disregarding Put Me Somewhere in Between


VIEW THE EXHIBITION Ι 4.06 - 4.18.2021


RECEPTIONS ι This exhibition offers two receptions, one in-person and one via Zoom. Due to Covid-19, we ask that you use the link below to register for a slot to attend the in-person reception as there are only 16 people currently permitted in the space at once. There are 15 slots available for sign-up. Please remember to properly wear your masks (covering your entire mouth and nose) and practice social distancing as much as possible throughout the entire time you are in the building. There is another link below that will take you to the Zoom reception session. Sign up is not required for the virtual reception and has no limitation on attendees. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation with these requests.

GALLERY HOURS ι Standard business hours for Swift Gallery are Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hours are subject to vary in accordance with University established holidays (below) and the reception, gallery talk/s or awards ceremony.

About the Exhibition ...

The body of work shown in “Selectively Disregarding Put Me Somewhere in Between” is the product of my exploration in when to allow formal issues to influence my decisions as an artist and when to allow myself to create for me and my creative vision. This is something I struggle with during the artistic process.

I aim to create work that is strikingly beautiful and whimsically entertaining while at the same time existing as counterculture to what I call the “standard beauty” found in uniformity. This is so that each piece might exist in a unique way. Some themes within the work include paradox, minor discord, borderline minimalism, the act of masking, celebration, invitation, and the importance of appreciating individual identity.

About the Artist ...

Ali Murphy was born in 1997 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she currently lives and works. She is majoring in Art Education and Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics at Millersville University. She is a former officer and a current 4-year member of the Slip & Score Society, the university’s ceramics club, and a member of Millersville’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, an honors society. She plans to use her knowledge and love for art in her professional career as an aspiring K-12 art educator in the public-school system.

Her work primarily consists of functional stoneware pottery that embodies her passion for the intimacy between the work and the artist/viewer/owner. She focuses on retaining the marks made by an artist’s hand in the process of creation and authenticity to her artistic style and instinct to create. Ali has exhibited her work in the Juried Student Exhibition, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA (2018), Made in Millersville: A Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity, Millersville University; virtual (2020) and Art/Work: A Group Exhibition, Millersville University; virtual (2020). She has been published in the 2019 and 2020 edition of the George Street Press Literary and Arts Magazine as well as the Made in Millersville Journal (2020) that pairs with the Made in Millersville exhibition.

Instagram: @alimurphypottery