Contemporary Ceramics from the Harry Shaw Collectionis the title of the new exhibition opening at the Mesaros Galleries in the Creative Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 11, and running through Dec. 9.

According to Bob Bridges, curator of the Mesaros Galleries and of the West Virginia University Art Collection, the exhibition is composed of an important collection that was recently donated to the WVU Art Collection by Harry Shaw of Grafton.

Mr. Shaw has been collecting ceramics for 30 years and has assembled a fantastic collection. The collection as well as important documentation and educational materials, represents a cross section of ceramic arts today,Bridges said.

The exhibition is curated by Bridges and WVU art alumnus Jeff Greenham, a ceramic artist.

Pittsburgh Ceramic Artist Edward Eberle, whose works are represented in the Shaw Collection, will present a visiting artist lecture about his work Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A) of the CAC . A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the galleries.

For the past 32 years, Eberle has been creating work which explores various personal and cultural narratives, both modern and historical, through the use of images of human and animal forms in two and three dimensional works. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and regularly exhibits in New York, Pittsburgh and Chicago.

Managed and programmed by Curator Robert Bridges and the WVU Division of Art, the Mesaros Galleries organize a diverse and exciting schedule of exhibitions throughout the year. The galleries are committed to showing experimental work that is innovative both in terms of media and content. The Mesaros Galleries also host contemporary artists of important or growing reputation who work in all media in the Visiting Artist program. All the gallery events and receptions are free and open to the public.

The Mesaros Galleries are open Monday through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. They are closed Sundays and on University holidays. Special viewing times may be arranged upon request.

For more information, contact Bridges at (304) 293-2140 ext. 3210.