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Clarke University hosts Nate Ditzler: Best Intentions Exhibit at Quigley Art Gallery

By Megan Hinderman  |  October 13, 2021
Teamwork, ceramic, underglaze, glaze, brass tubing, wood paddle blade, enamel paint, 9” x 24”x 18”, 2020

The Clarke University Quigley Gallery is proud to feature an exhibition of sculptures, titled “Best Intentions” by Visiting Professor of Art Nate Ditzler. The exhibition will run from October 16 through November 6, 2021. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.  

A born in Hawaii, Ditzler holds undergraduate degrees in art and cultural anthropology from University of Hawai´i at Manoa. In 2016 he completed a Master of Fine Arts at West Virginia University. His sculptures are featured in public collections including The Hawai´i State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, The Hawai´i State Mayor’s Office for Culture and the Arts, and the Flint Institute of Art, as well as private collections in the United States, Switzerland, and Canada. Ditzler came to Clarke University as a Visiting Professor of Art + Design in January 2021 and will join the faculty full time as an Assistant Professor in fall 2022. 

The “Best Intentions” exhibition in Quigley Gallery will exhibit 14 sculptures by Ditzler. The works are  fabricated using a combination of handmade and slip cast ceramic forms, supported with mixed media elements and modified found objects. The sculptures are playful, humorous and seek to bring lightheartedness to small moments in daily life.  

Nate Ditzler’s exhibition is filled with fine craft, color, joy, and humor,” said Louise Kames, Professor of Art + Design. “Who doesn’t need a little extra joy and humor in their lives right now?

Ditzler describes his work as, “seeking meaning from the seemingly trivial and overlooked moments of everyday life. I am fascinated by the way that combining familiar and surreal aspects can cause a shift in an artwork’s meaning, as well as the way in which the viewer can enter into the work based on their own subjective reality. By employing these strategies, I seek to raise questions regarding the complexities and paradoxes found in the everyday.” 

To learn more about the exhibition and other upcoming Arts @ Clarke events, visit