Crocker Art Museum Receives Gift of Ceramics by Rob Barnard


SACRAMENTO, CA.- The Crocker Art Museum has received a gift of 37 works by ceramist Rob Barnard, one of the foremost practitioners of the wood-fired tradition. The collection, given by Rob Wood, brings to the Museum a fully developed view of Barnard’s studio practice up to the present. This generous gift enhances the Crocker’s ceramics holdings, contributing to its status as an international destination for the research and exhibition of contemporary ceramics. Collector Rob Wood first became aware of Barnard’s work in 1988 and met Barnard later that year during the artist’s solo exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s Anton Gallery. Wood has been collecting Barnard’s work since that time. “What struck me about Barnard’s work then, and continues to resonate with me today, is just how complex ‘simple’ can be,” Wood said. “Barnard’s work is the physical