New Harmony Clay Project is an artist residency and educational center located in historic New Harmony, IN. The Project fosters an environment that supports the investigation of new ideas and work in the ceramic arts.
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Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation
The Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation was created to preserve, promote and support, financially, and otherwise, the various historic and educational attributes of New Harmony, Indiana, and the Part of Posey County, Indiana, that is immediately adjacent to and historically or culturally related to the Town of New Harmony.
The goals of the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation include the following, without limitation:
- To promote and encourage historical research related to New Harmony;
- To acquire by purchase, gift, devise or otherwise, title to or custody and control of historic locations and structures in and around New Harmony;
- To preserve and protect buildings and sites of historic interest in and around New Harmony;
- To collect and preserve records, relics and other things of historic interest related to New Harmony;
- To mark places of historic interest in and around New Harmony with suitable monuments; and
- To foster and promote public knowledge of and interest in New Harmony history
A 501(c)(3), the Corporation has been organized exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes. For more information, visit robertleeblafferfoundation.org.
Director, Lenny Dowhie
Lenny Dowhie is an internationally known ceramic sculptor and Professor Emeritus at University of Southern Indiana (USI). Dowhie holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Art Education degree from Arizona State University. He has earned numerous grants and awards for his work in ceramics and has lectured at universities around the world. In the fall of 2013, he spent three months in Jingdezhen, China as one of three international visiting artists through a workshop program sponsored by the University of West Virginia. Dowhie has nearly 100 invitational exhibitions to his credit and his work is included in public and private collections, including the Smithsonian Institute of American Art, Renwick Gallery.
Lenny Dowhie and his wife, Anne Dowhie, are among a small group of founding partners of Expressions of Culture, Inc., producers of the Chicago International Exposition of SOFA (Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art) in Chicago. They currently are involved as producers of the new EXPO CHICAGO, an exhibition of more than 100 premier art galleries held annually at Navy Pier in Chicago. Dowhie was also instrumental in developing the ceramics curriculum and in planning for the USI Ceramics Center, opened in 2009. The ceramics studio bears the names of Lenny and Anne, who taught art at Evansville Central High School in Evansville, IN.
Dowhie established the New Harmony Clay Project in the Fall of 2015. He has been instrumental in the program's development and success.
Program manager, Mitzi Davis
Mitzi Davis is a ceramic artist from Florence, South Carolina. She received a Master of Art in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, emphasis in Ceramics, from Shorter University. She worked as the Ceramic Arts Technician at SCAD in Savannah, GA, for eight years as her ceramic arts career progressed. She moved to Evansville, IN in 2016 to complete an artist residency for the New Harmony Clay Project.
Davis' artwork has been exhibited nationally in galleries at Baltimore Clayworks, Barrett Art Center, Bemidji Community Art Center, Lamar Dodd Center, Terra Incognito Studios, University of South Carolina Beaufort and over thirty other venues. She was an UncommonGoods Ceramic Design Challenge Finalist in 2011 and currently has gallery representation at New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art (IN), Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana (IN) and Baltimore Clayworks (MD). Davis has also led numerous workshops in Georgia and Indiana guiding participants in various techniques to explore clay as an artistic medium.
In 2015, Davis worked as a development intern at Baltimore Clayworks, and later that year, she founded the Savannah Clay Community. She initiated the “SIP: A Ceramic Cup Show” and worked as its project manager in 2016. Davis is currently a full time ceramic artist in Evansville, IN, and working as the Program Manager for the New Harmony Clay Project. See more of her work at mitzidavis.com.