In 2020, Clay Art Center’s gallery theme is Welcome Home, which will focus on all the elements that make a home; exploring the meaning of family, the daily routines, moments and items that surround us and add to our sense of home, and the interaction of the people within to create that place which develops our sense of identity.
"Our Call For Entry Exhibition is 'The Family Portrait', and our guest juror is Kukuli Velarde. We invite artists to submit works that look at the family unit as image, as a system, and as historical reference and contemporary metaphor for where we are as a culture, a society, and in our sense of selves."
“It is haunting to think about those who were here in the world before us. Who were those people who passed their DNA to us, and with it, gave us imprinted memories of their times, and the times in which their own ancestors lived?
There were a number of impossible-to-imagine acts of love, and also acts of violence, for us to become. What is a family portrait, if not a snapshot we choose to grab from a history of hundreds of years of survival, overcoming, and living; living with all our might and against all odds? A family portrait might not include blood related individuals, or even those with whom we share physical likeness. It could mean perhaps the physical rendering of a trait, that appears in the family tree as a legacy from our ancestors. It could be the sum of cultural elements of the place where we came from, or parents came from, or grandparents came from. It could be an object that symbolizes the combination of cultural roots. It could be a self-portrait depicting the cultural elements that we recognize in ourselves and that belong to our heritage. Who are we but the sum of many lives, many experiences, many paths. Let’s think of the offspring that will come in a hundred years from your family tree; as her/his ancestor, what could you communicate about you, and the ones that preceded you?”
Kukuli Velarde is an internationally renowned Peruvian born artist, whose works address issues of gender, social and cultural identity and hierarchies, tradition and inheritance, investigated and interpreted though the reference of historical and religious imagery. Kukuli is the recipient of several major awards and grants including most recently, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, New York, and the Grand Prize Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, South Korea. A BFA graduate of Hunter College, New York, her paintings and ceramics have been shown all over the world in both solo and group settings. Visit her website here:www.kukulivelarde.com
Any currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate or non-matriculated artist (with previous degree) in the United States over the age of 18. Works presented must be available and for sale at time of show. Primary medium must be in clay.
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Before beginning submission, applicants must be prepared to provide the following:
Artist statement (up to 1000 characters - Do not include artist name in statement.)
Each work submitted must include the following details:
Medium (60 character limit)
Primary Discipline (ceramics)
Description (300 character limit)
ADJUDICATION The juror will select artwork of available pieces ONLY!
Application Deadline: June 30th, 2020* EXTENDED
Notification: July 21st, 2020
High-Resolution Images for Press Release: July 28th, 2020
Work Received: September 1st – September 7th, 2020
Work Returned: by the end of November 2020
- Work must stay in gallery until show ends.
- Artwork that is hand delivered must be picked up at end of exhibition. Work that has been shipped to CAC will be returned at CAC’s expense.