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Potter Dean Schwarz featured in new exhibition at CRMA inspired by Marvin Cone

March 06, 2014
Dean Schwarz, Barn Storms, 2012, stoneware, 20 ½ x 6 ½ inches. Photo: Harry Baumert, Minneapolis, MN.

Area potter Dean Schwarz has created a distinct series of pots inspired by artist Marvin Cone. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) will feature his pottery alongside Cone’s paintings March 15 through November 2 in an exhibition called Marvin Cone on My Mind: The Ceramics of Dean Schwarz. The pairing of these two artists will create a unique conversation for viewers about themes, symbols, styles, and mediums.

Dean Schwarz was born in Cedar Rapids, and developed an interest in ceramics while a student at the University of Northern Iowa. While in the US Navy in the early 1960s, Schwarz had an opportunity to visit many potters’ studios in Japan. Later, he studied with Bauhaus potter Marguerite Wildenhain in California, an experience which was influential upon his art. Schwartz also taught at Luther College in Decorah for more than 23 years and co-founded South Bear School, a summer arts school in Decorah, Iowa.

Schwarz is represented in numerous private collections, and in the holdings of museums and universities throughout the world. In recent years, his large pots are created in collaboration with his son, Gunnar Schwarz, whom does the wheel-throwing while Dean designs the surfaces and applies glazes.

“Over the course of a relatively short period of time, Dean has created a remarkable series of pots loosely inspired by Marvin Cone and his paintings. Paired together for the first time in this dynamic exhibition, visitors will be able to explore for themselves the relationships between the two artists,” commented Director Sean Ulmer. This exhibition is made possible in part by a Program Fund Grant from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.