The Zanesville Museum of Art’s outstanding permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, works on paper, and decorative arts is constantly evolving. This year we have added several new works of art that strengthen our remarkable American and Asian holdings. Each of these pieces is on display in the J. William and M. H. Straker Charitable Foundation Gallery through February 2015, including the magnificent ceramic vessel created by renowned studio potter Paul Soldner.
Long-standing friend of the museum and Columbus based potter Jenny Floch donated a vessel created by Paul Soldner made early in his career. A preeminent American ceramic artist noted for his experimentation with raku—a traditional sixteenth-century Japanese firing process, Soldner studied in Ohio at Bluffton College during the 1940s. He returned to Ohio in the 1960s to teach a workshop demonstrating his innovative approach to the traditional low-fire process called American raku. Floch acquired an excellent example of Soldner’s work during this workshop, which is now in the museum’s collection of contemporary ceramics.
The ZMA recently received a stunning work of art from John Quincy Adams, III. Painted in 1961 while living in Zanesville, Ohio, Ida Kauffman created a wonderful untitled work characterized by bold confident brushwork and a striking color palette. This work reflects the artist’s interest in mid-twentieth century American abstract paintings. As an award-winning regional artist, Kaufman exhibited work at the museum where she also taught drawing and painting in the 1950s and 1960s. We are fortunate that this painting is one of five works by this exceptional painter in the museum’s collection of American art.