Contemporary Clay 2018

May 11 – June 23
Sponsored by Chuck & Robbie Breaux, Sara Ransford, and Intermountain Architecture
First Friday reception and awards announced June 1, 7-9pm
Juror lecture Saturday, June 2, 5pm, free and open to the public
Pick-up for hand-delivered artwork June 26, 9am-4pm

The 7th Contemporary Clay Biennial is upon us once again! The Art Center hosts this international, juried exhibition every other spring. Since its inception in 2006, Contemporary Clay has sought to showcase the latest developments in ceramic art and offers a wide spectrum of creation, spanning the categories of functional vessels, sculptural ceramics, and installation art.

This year, juror Doug Casebeer chose work by 58 artists representing 26 states, out of a field of 117 artists who submitted. It was a competitive jurying process, with only 65 pieces (24% of the total number of entries) selected. The exhibition also features work by four invited artists chosen by Casebeer: Stuart Asprey (Norman, Oklahoma), Seth Green (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Giselle Hicks (Snowmass Village, Colorado), and Lorna Meaden (Durango, Colorado).

This is an opportunity to view and appreciate a diverse and dynamic range of interpretive work in clay. In some cases, the artistic styles on display are ones rarely seen in the Grand Valley’s local exhibition venues. We hope you’ll make time to come enjoy this show!

Doug Casebeer is the Artistic Director of Ceramics at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO. He teaches, lectures, builds kilns, and exhibits his art worldwide. Casebeer received his BFA and MFA degrees in ceramics from Wichita State University and Alfred University in New York, respectively. For information about his workshop on June 2, see page 21.

Juried artists: Deighton Abrams, Ted Adler, Noel Bailey, Luisa Baldinger, Shannon Blakey, Danielle Callahan, Guo Cheng, Joshua Clark, Karin Davis, Justin Donofrio, Magdolene Dykstra, Jonathan Fitz, Erik Gellert, Pat Hall, Carroll Hansen, Matthew Hardwick, Monica Hewryk, Jennifer Holt, Molly Johnson, Heather Kaplan, Elliott Kayser, Jamie Kirkpatrick, Lucien Koonce, Laura Korch Bailey, Stephanie Lanter, Drew Liedtke, Mey-Mey Lim, Elaine Lorenz, Joyce Lung, Lauren Mayer, Paul McCoy, Andrew McIntyre, Ashtonn Means, Lee Middleman, Andres Montenegro, Stephanie Osser, Molly Peacock, Elaine Quave, Katie Queen, Mike Rand, Sara Ransford, Horacio Rodriguez, Kazuma Sambe, Elizabeth Shriver, Jessica Smith, Brian Snapp, David Stevens, Hannah Thompsett, John Tobin, Goedele Vanhille, Derek Walter, Veronica Watkins, Eliza Weber, Tim Wedel, Stephanie Wilhelm, Don Williams, Shiyuan Xu, and Alex Zablocki.

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