During the month of February, the Delmar Riney Art Gallery at Pratt Community College will display the works of featured artist Neil Goss. A Pratt native, Goss lives in Lawrence, where he concentrates his work around natural earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. 

In 2012 he received his BFA in design with concentrations in textiles and ceramics from the University of Kansas School of the Arts.  Goss has created numerous public art installations and has been in multiple group shows and solo shows such as “Reflexivity” and “Sacred Spaces.”  He is the recipient of many scholarships, grants and awards including the Doris Carey Scholarship, TSA workshop scholarship, Hollander Family Fund Scholarship, KU SOTA research travel funds, and the KU Exiting Award Scholarship. 

He recently funded a Kickstarter to attend a residency in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Goss has also had the opportunity to study with Dominique Cardon, Elena Phipps, master dyer Sachio Yashioka, Peruvian master weaver Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, natural dyer/tapestry weaver Inge Norgaard and was invited to assist Michelle Whipplinger in a natural dye workshop at KU.

He currently is a practicing professional artist and teaches pottery and natural dyeing at the Lawrence Arts Center. 

Goss’s exhibit in the Delmar Riney Gallery can be viewed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m, or by appointment. For more information or to be considered as a “Featured Artist of the Month,” contact the Vice President of Students and Enrollment Management at 620-672-3559 or lisam@prattcc.edu.

Exhibit Statement: “We Are All Made of the Same Earth Stuff: The Human Race.”

Black, brown, red, yellow, white…the human spectrum.  We, the human race are made of natural earth minerals, nutrients and elements, the exact same ones that make up the earth and every life form that lives upon it.  We, the human race are mere extensions of the earth, all individual and diverse.  However, we are all here for the same reason - life.  Just like the soils, vegetation and wildlife that strives to exist around our human presence.  All of these things, and most of all including us, are interconnected; each individual making grand impact upon the larger workings of life, no matter how small or large the motion is.  We are matter.  We all matter.  Everything matters.  This is why in this modern age of living and understanding, we must accept every “other” as our brother and sister.  This new concept is called “bio-race-centrism.”  It is the belief that all soils, vegetation, wildlife, non-humans, and humans (of all colors) have inherent value in their life on Earth.  Equality among all.   The earth is our connector.  In a time when we are seeing such a grand continuation/re-emergence of racial and human inequality - of separation and misunderstanding - we must look to the Earth as our connector, as it creates us, sustains us and unites us.  It doesn’t matter one’s color, we all look different and we are all different.  Yet we are all the same, we are all made of the same earth stuff.  We are the human race.  We are all living until the end, waiting just like the soils, plants and wildlife to give our borrowed minerals, nutrients and elements back to Earth: an offering of thanks.