Work by Visiting Artist Donte Moore on Display

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Donte Moore with his art in the Cofrin Gallery

From January 10 through February 20, the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery will be home to “Umbilical Regeneration: The Retrospect,” an exhibit by visiting artist Donte Moore. A reception for the Academy community took place Friday, February 4, and a reception for the general public was held Saturday, February 5, in the Cofrin Gallery. Moore also met with students during the week leading up to the receptions.

Guests must be masked and comply with Mercersburg’s visitor policy at all times. 

A ceramic artist with primary concentrations in ceramics and drawing, Moore is originally from the borough of Mercersburg. In 2015, he earned the William D. Davis Drawing Award and was nominated to receive the APSCUF/SU award by the faculty of art and design at Shippensburg University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in art. Following the completion of a master of fine arts from the University of Delaware in 2019, Moore held the studio technician position and was an adjunct professor there.

“I first met Donte when he was fresh out of high school and demonstrating throwing on the wheel at [Mercersburg's] Townfest,” says Sydney Caretti, arts faculty and director of galleries. "He was already fluid in his technique as well as engaging and personable.”

Moore has exhibited work at The Pennsylvania State University, Baltimore Clayworks, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, The Delaware Contemporary, and internationally at Heit Berlin, Germany. Two of Moore’s current works can be viewed in the October 2021 edition of Ceramics Monthly magazine highlighting the “11th Annual Workhouse Clay International.” In addition, Moore’s work is included in Lancaster Museum of Art’s  “Strictly Functional Pottery National” and a virtual exhibition “Speaking with Precision” sponsored by Artaxis and the Color Network.

Moore demonstrating his craft for Mercersburg students

“The relationship to the pottery wheel is a metaphor for the world in which we live, machines versus man,” says Moore. “Defining who I am as an individual is an everlasting struggle since machines dominate our existence. Once intended to enhance the world and simplify our lives, modern machines constantly transform human behavior, distancing us from one another by distorting reality through a constant need for machine interaction. 

“Undeniably, my work is influenced by my pursuit of machine perfection, which negates the handmade quality, the wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection, the human quality. What is perfection? Who determines and defines it, man or machine?”

Moore is currently an instructor at the Delaware Art Museum as well as the ceramics technical assistant and adjunct professor at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He is also a former student of Anita Shively, Mercersburg’s fall 2021 visiting artist.

Upcoming events at the Burgin Center for the Arts include the Winter Band Concert during a school meeting Friday, February 11, and the Winter Dance Showcase Saturday, February 19. More details about upcoming arts programming can be found on our events calendar.

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