Kittredge Gallery Presents a Ceramic Installation by Artist Brian Benfer

March 18, 2012

Feb. 20 – Apr. 7, 2012

Tacoma, Wash. Kittredge Gallery reopens on Feb. 20 with an installation by ceramist Brian Benfer. Benfer’s previous works have explored impermanence and the ephemeral traces that objects and human activities leave behind. His new installation, Inchoate, shifts focus to states of becoming and both the promise and uncertainty inherent in new beginnings. The exhibition combines an assemblage of porcelain infant heads—eyes closed, waiting—with a series of wall rubbings that highlight the variations and imperfections of the gallery walls, reminding us of the hidden history they record. The installation invites the viewer to meditate on the ways in which the past can shape and direct the future and mold individual paths.

Benfer received his B.A. from Humboldt State University and his M.F.A. in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He has worked in a variety of media, including site-specific installations, sculpture, video, ceramics, paintings, and performance art. Benfer has exhibited work in numerous venues across the U.S. and Europe including Bill Maynes Gallery, New York;  Rotermann Art Center, Estonia; and  Latvijas Makslinieku Savienibas Galerija in Riga, Latvia. He has both taught and presented his work at such academic venues as Ohio University’s School of Art, Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, and Houston’s Center for Contemporary Craft.

Benfer will give a gallery talk on his work during the run of the exhibition. Please consult Kittredge Gallery’s website at or the Puget Sound events calendar at for further information.

Also on view in the Small Gallery during February and March will be a select group of pop art ceramics from Puget Sound’s Joseph and Elaine Monsen Collection.

Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the art department and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public. 

Opening Reception:
Feb. 21, 5 to 7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery

Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA
Directions and Map:
Regular Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri.; noon–5 p.m., Saturday 

Photos are available at

Photos on page:  Top right: Ceramic baby heads in installation. Above: Inchoate, by Brian Benfer.