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Syracuse China Center for the Study of Ceramics
This presentation of the Everson's extensive, internationally recognized collection of ceramics spans from ancient sculpture and Ming dynasty porcelain all the way to contemporary works.
Open during regular museum hours
One of the innovative forms of current museum programming, the Art Zone is designed to acquaint beginning art viewers with the visual arts. The gallery helps visitors to the museum, particularly children and families, interpret the Everson's collection by engaging in creative activities that teach basic art principles.
The Art Zone contains several interactive areas. The largest station focuses on two important aspects of the Everson: ceramics and collecting. The design reflects a wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities. It invites a sense of wonder and play and lends itself to the act of exploring. The station engages viewers through focus titles, conversational text and six ceramic objects from the Everson's permanent collection. Children can also create objects with clay and a variety of tools, fill out a title card and add to our collection by displaying their work in the wunderkammer.
The Art Zone also includes a portrait station. Portraiture, as both a historical and contemporary genre, describes who we are, where we came from and what we do. To examine how identities are constructed through this important medium while playing and having fun, children can dress up in costume in front of reproduced images from the museum's collection and have their photo taken.
The introductory area of the Art Zone is furnished with computers, books, art supplies, enlarged magnetic puzzles and building blocks, and gives visitors an opportunity to explore basic art principles through accompanying activities. The gallery also contains a classroom which is used for the Museum's Hands-On Art Classes and other workshops. The Art Zone also houses the Everson’s Educator Resource Center.
The design of the Art Zone is intended to complement the I. M. Pei-designed building which houses it. By demonstrating the relationship between a building process and the significance of architecture, the gallery is meant to be instructive in and of itself.
*Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.