MFA Critic Lecture: William J. O’Brien
William J. O’Brien’s art is born out of an improvised and intuitive studio practice, rich in material experimentation. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics, O’Brien explores the traditional and historical application of materials but also employs play to refute such definitive uses. He has exhibited internationally; major exhibitions include shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, the Renaissance Society in Chicago, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin. He is an Associate Professor of Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.