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- Making Art Make a Difference Since 1982 -
Working artists coming together to make art accessible to the community through exhibits, classes, and conversations.

Beginning June 5


Yary Livan: Master Ceramist

June 5 to July 13, 2024
Reception: Sat, June 15, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Yary Livan is a Cambodian master ceramist and teacher who has a history of engagement in the community, and is known for teaching ceramics in the Lowell public schools.

He was educated at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh “where he majored in ceramics and painting and focused on traditional Khmer ceramic forms and ornamentation.” (National Endowment for the Arts 2015)

He is the only known Cambodian master ceramist in the United States. “Livan’s mother suggested to the authorities that Livan knew how to build wood-burning kilns to produce roof tiles, and so he survived the Reign of Terror (1975–1979)” (Karl Cole, Davis Publications, July 2016).

After emigrating in 2001, he became a Visiting Artist, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Havard in 2002, and later completed a three year residency.

Livan also taught at Youth-Art-in-Action, an after school program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In 2003, “Livan taught traditional Cambodian and contemporary sculpture, including modeling, carving, mold making, and casting.” (National Endowment for the Arts 2015)

On October 01, 2015, Livan received the Award from the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships, recognizing his artistic excellence and supporting his significant contribution to traditional arts and culture.

In April 2023, he was honored by the NCTA (National Council for Traditional Arts) as a National Treasure. Livan is known as an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College (MCC), where studio artists from The Brush have taken his classes.

He built and uses a wood-fired kiln on space provided by the Lowell National Historical Park, in partnership with MCC.

The Brush is honored to exhibit a collection of Livan’s work this summer.

image This program is supported in part by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Brush is supported by the Lowell National Historical Park

image We are located in the building behind the Visitor Center on Market Street.
PARKING -- HCID Parking Garage. GPS: HCID Parking Garage, Lowell, MA 01852 (After parking, head for the flagpole near the opening in the large mill building)

Address: 256 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Phone:(978) 459-7819

April 1 to December 31:
(Tues - Sat) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
(Sun) 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

January 1 to March 31:
(Wed - Sat) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
(Sun) 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm