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2017 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: ADAM REDD - Fountain of Youth

MAY 13 - JUNE 10, 2017

Closing Reception: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Our current artist-in-residence, ADAM REDD, holds an Master of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and a BA in Ceramics from California State University in Chico. In Spring 2016, Redd served as the ceramics professor sabbatical replacement at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. He has spent the last few summers as a studio resident and acclaimed chef at Watershed Center for the Ceramics Arts in Newcastle, ME. A native of California, he is currently living in the eastern U.S. expanding his studio practice. This exhibition is the culmination of his eight month residency at Arch. 

"My current body of work deals with formal issues of color, shape and surface treatment. Simultaneously a large part of the making is a lean to the immediate sense of touch inherent in clay and a refusal to let the guilt of craft over take my thinking. Working within the motif of pottery as decoration I have been creating vessels that serve to only function in that way. Things are heavy and bottoms are left off of objects. 
These are sculptures of pots."
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OPENING EVENT: Adams Puryear - Secret Wars 4.7 · SATURDAY, MAY 6th


Please join us Saturday, May 6th from 1-5 pm for an opening event and artist's reception for Secret Wars 4.7, an installation by Adams Puryear. 

For the second winter in a row, we have invited an artist to occupy our main gallery as their private studio space for three months while creating and installing a solo exhibition. The installation/experimental residency was designed to meet the unique needs of installation-based sculptors who require more time than most galleries can typically accommodate. This year's residency was awarded to Adams Puryear, a Brooklyn-based artist originally from the south coast of Massachusetts.

Secret Wars 4.7 is the culmination of 5 months of research between January and May 2017 at Arch.  The winter of 2017 officially entered the U.S. into a post-truth political climate that was most reflected in the media’s intense interest in future speculation.  During this time I was taking long solitary walks on nearby beaches, attempting to leave the bombardment of news and trading the noise of the media for the noise of the sea.  Eventually I noticed sea noise and media noise both contain indecipherable answers hidden under multiple layers of information.            

Secret Wars 4.7 attempts to reflect this by presenting two 4’ tall white porcelain sculptures that emit a loud murmur, encompassing the audience and producing layers of disorienting noise.  Each of the oppositional sculpture-monuments have graphic plaques, small objects, and multiple thin drooling masses of colored material slowly moving to the floor, symbolizing the spectacle culture we find ourselves in today.

ADAMS PURYEAR attempts to process the clutter of contemporary life into physical 3D artworks. In his practice he thinks about images moving over the Internet, performative sculpture, collaged media, power, comic books and different senses of loss.  

PURYEAR received a BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in 2004 and an MFA in ceramics from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2012. He exhibits his arts regularly in NYC and abroad, and has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Icheon World Ceramic Center in Republic of Korea and Museum of Modern Art in Dominican Republic.  In 2006, Puryear founded FPOAFM Nomadic Studios: an experimental, project-driven craft collective that is engaged in contemporary craft and art discourse. Adams currently lives and maintains a studio in Brooklyn, NY. 


Arch Contemporary is located at 18 East Road in Tiverton Four Corners in Tiverton, Rhode Island. All receptions and exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the gallery directly by phone or e-mail.

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Application Deadline: Summer Residency

We are currently accepting applications for our 2017 Summer Potter-in-Residence. This is an amazing opportunity for a functional potter that includes FREE STUDIO SPACE with monthly materials/firing stipend, gallery representation in seasonal retail store and online, solo exhibition, potential teaching opportunities and more. DEADLINE EXTENDED: MARCH 20, 2017

Find more info and application requirements on the Residency page

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to Dec 23

Holiday Sale




The shop is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11-6 PM and Sunday 11-5 PM through December 23rd!

Give the gift of art. Featuring the work of 20 unique artists from across the country, you'll find a perfect gift for everyone on your list. From mugs, bowls and teapots to large-scale sculpture, wall hangings and planters, Arch can be your one stop shop for unique and sophisticated locally made gifts. 

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Artist's Lecture: Ashwini Bhat


Ashwini Bhat, hailing all the way from Pondicherry, India, has been the artist-in-residence at Arch since September, 2016. Don't miss your last chance to see Ashwini's stunning solo exhibition and hear this fascinating artist speak about her studio practice, sources of inspiration and travels before she heads out west to continue her nomadic clay life. *The lecture will be held at the Meeting House, directly behind the gallery in the Tiverton Four Corners.

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Holiday Bright Night

Join Tiverton Four Corners, Friday, December 16th for an evening of events & holiday shopping 4-8 pm. Participating shops will keep their lights on bright for your shopping pleasure. Frolic through a festive, well-lit neighborhood of galleries & shops as you enjoy special events, offers & refreshments to complete your holiday list! 

Visit participating shops: Milk & Honey Sakonnet Collective Four Corners Grille Farmcoast Outfitters & Salt The Cottage Arch Contemporary CeramicsStudio By The Sea Tiffany Peay Jewelry The Meeting House at Four Corners Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center Kathrine Lovell Studio & GalleryCourtyardsltd & Cutie Curls

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