Ceramic artwork goes on display at Maryville College

January 29, 2003

“Recent Work,” an exhibit of ceramic artwork by Frank Martin and Polly Ann Martin, will open Feb. 3 and continue until Feb. 28 at the Maryville College Fine Arts Center Art Gallery.

A public reception and gallery talk is planned for 5 until 7 p.m., Feb. 7, in the Fine Arts Center.

The Martins, who maintain a ceramic studio and live in Maryville, teach in the area. Polly Ann recently began teaching in Maryville College’s Fine Arts Center Ceramics Studio. Frank is an assistant professor of ceramics at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

The couple received their respective bachelor’s degrees in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute, and their respective master’s degrees in fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

They have taught together for 11 years at various schools, craft centers and universities. They were craftsmen-in-residence at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, program chairs for Chautauqua School of Art and instructors in continuing education at Rhode Island School of Design. The two shared full-time professorships at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and the State University of New York at New Paltz.

The Martins’ last joint teaching appointment was at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA School of the Arts Ceramics Department in New York City.

They have an active exhibition record, and their work has been featured in articles, magazines and books. Currently, their ceramic pieces are on display in various museums and collections.

More than 20 ceramic pieces created by the Martins are expected to go on exhibit during February at Maryville College.

The College’s gallery is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information on the exhibit, contact the Maryville College Fine Arts Center at 865.981.8150.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.