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Born in the border town of Palomas, Chihuahua, Diego Valles has been expanding the limits of both Mata Ortiz and traditional Mexican ceramics ever since he relocated to Mata Ortiz. In 2010, he was awarded The National Youth Award for Arts, Mexico’s highest honor to a young living artist, “for the combination of Science, Art and Excellence in the creation of his ceramics." Valles will be the juror for this year's International Juried Exhibition, A Tile & A Vessel.
The Silver City CLAY Festival’s International Juried Exhibition, A Tile & A Vessel, requires that each entry consist of two clay components: one, the artist’s interpretation of a vessel, and one, the artist’s interpretation of a tile. They must relate to each other in design and/or function. The pairing may exist as separate parts or as one physically integrated piece; however, each submitted pairing will be juried and sold as one work.
More details and submission information coming soon!
The 2014 CLAY Festival, a Silver City Arts & Cultural District Signature Event, held three unique International Juried Exhibitions, announcing the winners during the festival weekend.
Nawal Motawi, juror for A Tile & A Vessel, gave the following remarks regarding the exhibition:
I would like to congratulate all of the artists who have pieces on display. It wasn’t difficult to recognize the pieces that should be in the show. Choosing the prize winners, on the other hand was tough. I hope that all the artists know that every juror brings their own predilections and preferences to the task. My own are in favor of works that exhibit good technical control of ceramic materials and generally tighter technique. I hereby salute all of the artists for the hours of getting it wrong, that it takes to learn how to get it right----and for the hours of work entailed in the direct creation of the pieces you see here today.
The winners include:
Archaeologist, Dr. Patricia Crown, served as the juror for the Neo-Mimbreño 2014 Exhibition hosted at the Western New Mexico University Museum and the McCray Gallery on campus, and awarded the following prizes:
The 2014 juried exhibition, Private PrōJECT, proved to be a festive Saturday evening beginning with a street dance on Bullard Street and ending with an outdoor digital exhibition featuring private clay-mosaic installations. Juried by Kathryn Allen, Claude W. Smith III, and Marcia Smith, this year’s winner of the $1000 prize for “Best Residential Installation” is “Angel Niche” by Phyllis Pacin of Oakland, California.
The CLAY Festival wishes to congratulate all artists who participated in this year’s exhibitions as well as every sponsor and volunteer who made this festival possible.
ARTISTS - AUTHORS - ENTREPRENEURS!!!
Interested in offering your clay-centric goods at the 2014 CLAY Festival?
BE A PART OF THE CLAYFEST MARKET!
Booths are available!
The CLAYfest Market is a 2-day juried market seeking to offer the best clay-related goods, be they books on earth-building, decorative and utilitarian ceramics or clay-dyed textiles... etc.
APPLY ONLINE TODAY!
3 CHANCES TO WIN.
CLAY 2014 will feature 3 International Juried Exhibitions open to artists EVERYWHERE.
Don't miss your chance to Win! Awards include:
A TILE & A VESSEL
$1000.00: 1st Place Tad Van der Weele Memorial Award
$750.00: 2nd Place
$500.00: 3rd Place
$200.00: Tile Heritage Prize
$1000.00: Best Residential Installation
$600.00: 1st Place
$300.00: 2nd Place
$100.00: 3rd Place
A Tile & A Vessel APRIL 30, 2014
Private ProJECT JUNE 14, 2014
Neo-Mimbreno 2014 JUNE 16, 2014
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION... visit our exhibitions page.
- THE CLAY TEAM
A Word From Marko Fields...
Hello: I am very pleased to announce our upcoming 5th Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition. As many of you know, we normally have it about this time of year, but due to the fact that we have recently relocated our entire ceramics facilities to its new home, we have had to delay the show. But without further ado, please download the attached flyer, print it, hand it out, and send it along to your ceramics friends.
This is a great exhibition, and we've had extraordinary works by some of the leading contemporary artists in the field. Past winners and participants include: Ikeda, Connell, Burns, Foulem, Beck, Negishi-Laidlaw, Henry, Erickson, Dooley, Turner, Anderson, Smith, Clark and Scotchie, among many others.
We hope you'll respond to this call for entries. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Resident Artist, Professor of Visual Art
MFA, McKnight Fellow
Concordia University, St. Paul