Contemporary Clay:

10th International Biennial Juried Exhibit 2024

May 24 – June 28

Juror, Alleghany Meadow



The Art Center hosts this international, juried exhibition every other spring enriching ceramic art in the Grand Valley. Since 2006, Contemporary Clay has sought to showcase the latest developments in ceramic art nationwide, spanning the categories of functional vessels, sculptural ceramics, and installation art.


  • November 17:  Open for Submission 
  • January 19 Extended to January 26:  Submission deadline
  • April 9: Window for shipped artwork
  • April 9: 10am-2pm: Drop-off for hand-delivered artwork
  • June 7, 6:30-9pm: Reception
  • June 29-30, 9am-4pm: Juror workshop
  • June 29, 9am-4pm: Pick-up for hand-delivered artwork
  • June 29: Begin return shipping






Alleghany Meadows

Alleghany Meadows is a studio potter and entrepreneur in Carbondale, CO. He earned his BA from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, and MFA from Alfred University in NY. He was an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch, studied in Japan with Takashi Nakazato, and worked with potters in Nepal on a Watson Fellowship. He exhibits and teaches workshops nationally and internationally, and his work is in numerous museums and public collections. He is the founder of Artstream Nomadic Gallery and co-founder of Studio for Arts + Works, FARM, and Harvey Meadows Gallery, and he has served on the board of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

“I often draw inspiration from details in nature, the form of the sky seen from a solitary hilltop, the tension in a peony blossom squeezing outward during a warm week in late June. I love to work physically hard, long hours in the studio. Repetition and rhythm in my process are how I search for subtleties, forms, surfaces, patterns. I am fascinated by the potential when related elements stack and arrange, becoming something greater than a sum-total of parts. A series of soup bowls nesting together evokes an emerging flower, then transforms into a stage for breaking bread with loved ones, then circles back to a stack of bowls after they are washed, poised and alert for their next experience.”


2022: Fong Choo

2020: Bill van Gilder

2018: Doug Casebeer

2016: Steve Hilton

2014: Jim Romberg

2012: Brad Miller

2010: Pete Pinnel

2008: Tom and Elaine Coleman

2006: Tom Collins & Bryan Yancy




$750 Best of Show

$450 First Place

$300 Second Place

$250 Third Place


Contemporary Clay: How to Enter

Open for submissions is November 17, 2023-January 19, 2024 January 26, 2024


1)  Contemporary Clay 2024 is open to all artists.

2) Artists may enter up to 3 works that use clay as the focus material.

3)  Artwork must have been executed over the last two years and must not have been previously exhibited at this location.

4)  Artwork should not be so fragile that shipment or public display is harmful to the work or the viewer.

5)  Accepted work which differs significantly from the submitted images will be disqualified from the exhibition.

6)  No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the closing date of the exhibition.

7)  TAC encourages work to be for sale. Artwork must not be sold prior to shipment to the TAC if designated for sale in the online entry form.



Entry for Contemporary Clay 2024 is online through the TAC’s website. CD and handwritten entries will not be accepted. To enter, click the direct link on the exhibition page. You will be asked to login to your Art Center account. If you do not already have an account with us, enter your email, click the Create Account button, and create your account. Once you are logged in, you will be asked to enter an artist statement and your email or social media information. Please note, these are optional, and you may skip this step by pressing the Save & Continue button. Once you’ve continued to the next page, click the red Add Entry button, and enter all applicable information. Please make sure to save your item details before you continue. Once you are finished, click the Finish and Send Confirmation button.

ENTRY FEES: Non-refundable entry fee $35 for up to 3 entries. Payment is by credit card and the process is online (see above).


1) Artists may submit up to 3 entries (works of art).

2) Artists may submit up to 3 JPEG images per entry.

3) Our online entry form will ask you to list the following for each entry: title, media, dimensions, and sale price. Leave 0 if your work is not for sale.

SHIPPING: Accepted artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the TAC and all related expenses. Artwork should be shipped in a sturdy, reusable container with instruction for packing. NO PACKING PEANUTS. All packages must include a return shipping label.

LIABILITY & INSURANCE: Detailed information on the TAC’s liability and insurance will be included with the acceptance email to the artist.

AGREEMENT: Submission of artwork shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to comply with the conditions set forth in this prospectus, including the following: Accepted artwork must be available for purchase unless ‘NFS’ is clearly stated in the online entry form. No work accepted for the exhibition may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition. The Art Center will retain a 40% commission on all sales of juried artwork. Permission to reproduce the artwork for publicity purposes and for educational purposes is granted. Images are viewed anonymously by the juror. All decisions made by the exhibition’s juror are final. The Art Center is not responsible for any artwork that is lost or damaged in transit.