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Arts Exposure

Clay Times Three

A trio of exhibits at the Silver City Clay Festival
will unearth creativity from around the world.


The 2013 Silver City Clay Festival, August 2-4, will feature three juried exhibitions and is currently accepting artwork submissions for all three exhibitions.

A Tile & A Vessel will focus on a unique pairing: a tile and a vessel. The dynamic between these two clay pieces is intriguing, and pieces featured in this exhibition must relate, play off of each other, and be unified in some element of design. The juror for A Tile & A Vessel is Christy Johnson, director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), and the exhibition will be curated by Marcela Shepard. The exhibition will open Thursday, August 1, at the Clay Gala. The deadline for entries for this exhibition is April 30.

Public PrōJECT will recognize artists and their large-scale clay/mosaic public installations. Outstanding international clay and mosaic installation projects will be exhibited as digital projections in a festive outdoor venue. Jurors are Claude Smith III, professor emeritus and chair of the Expressive Arts Department at Western New Mexico University, and active ceramist; Kathryn Allen, architectural ceramist with national, public and private installations; and Marcia Smith, mosaic, metal and clay installation artist and mosaic sculptor. The exhibition will be publicly projected in downtown Silver City on the evening of August 3. Deadline for entries for this exhibition is May 15.

Neo-Mimbreño 2013 Vessels will focus on vessels in a neo-Mimbreño context. Artists will depict a vessel inspired by the prehistoric Mimbreño culture of the Southwest. The juror is Stephanie Whittlesey, professional archeologist and artist, and the exhibit will be curated by artists Beth Menczer and Diana Ingalls Leyba. Neo-Mimbreño 2013 Vessels will have the distinction of being one exhibition presented at two museums: It will be featured at both the WNMU Museum and the Silver City Museum, from August 3-30. The deadline for entries for this exhibition is June 3.

For interested artists, the prospectus documents outlining the submission process are available at the Silver City Clay festival website: www.clayfestival.com.

In addition to this trio of exhibitions, the festival will showcase tile, pottery, adobe, and natural building processes. The festival will include three days of workshops, demonstrations, sales and exhibitions of clay art of all kinds; child-friendly activities, lectures, tours and films; receptions, dances and an opening-night gala. This year's festival will feature a week of pre-festival events, July 27 through August 1, which will include an adobe labyrinth build workshop, a Clay Poker Tournament Fundraiser and more. For more details, visit www.clayfestival.com.