Distinguished Visitor from the Smithsonian
Louise Cort, Curator of ceramics at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer/Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C., paid a visit to Yary and the Cambodian "smokeless" kiln on a cold day in late January. She was accompanied by Danny Eijsermans, a Freer/Sackler Curatorial Fellow and Ph.D. candidate whose area of study is Southeast Asian art history.
We are delighted to learn that Professor Yary will again be honored in Washington during the July 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which will celebrate 50 years of NEA National Heritage Fellows. Yary is a 2015 recipient of this award, the highest in the nation. During July 4 - 9, on the National Mall, Yary will demonstrate the art of Khmer ceramics.
Yary and I first met Louise in Providence Rhode Island at the
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 2015 annual
conference. Louise came to our panel presentation "Continuing &
Contemporizing Cambodian Ceramics - A Community Effort".
Louise's visit to Lowell was facilitated by Maggie Holtzberg who runs the Folk Arts & Heritage program at the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Maggie was a fellow panelist at NCECA. Read more about Louise's visit to Yary's studio, and plans for an upcoming show of Cambodian ceramics at the Smithsonian, at Maggie's blog Keepers of Tradition.
Margaret Rack is Professor of Art at Middlesex Community College
Photo by Maggie Holtzberg