How would you contain a container? And why?
Last year, artists from across the country submitted work that attempted to answer these questions; fourteen were chosen by juror Garth Clark to participate in the 2014 National Juried Show at Creative Arts Workshop (CAW), titled Box Pot: The Contained Container. A leading figure in ceramics, Clark is a scholar, art dealer, founder of the Ceramic Arts Foundation and the current Editor-In-Chief of CFile, the "global knowledge center for contemporary ceramics and clay in art, design, architecture and technology."
From this select group, two winners were chosen: Thomas Edwards (Lincoln, NE) and Del Harrow (Fort Collins, CO). In addition, two pieces were given honorable mentions: framed porcelain plates by Jeremy Brooks (Carbondale, IL), and a collaborative interactive set of containers by Sarah Fagan and Daniel Granias (Portland, OR). These five artists were invited to participate in the current Prizewinners Show, on display in CAW’s Hilles Gallery from March 13 through April 4. An opening reception and artist talk with Thomas Edwards will be held Friday, March 13 from 5 – 7pm. The public is invited to attend.
Thomas Edwards will exhibit new work created during a residency program at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Edwards’ "fossil-like" sculptures are an investigation and critique of modern behavior, often comprised of concrete or cement that is used to hold pieces of pottery trapped in a state of preservation.
Jeremy Brooks will show a new series of porcelain plates, titled I Can Feel the Distance, decorated with a ceramic decal collage featuring two figures in a pastoral landscape. Acrylic paintings from her Organize series will be on display by Sarah Fagan, as well as ceramic sculptures that reference our origins as physical beings, by Daniel Granias.
Concurrent with the Prizewinners Show, the Creative Works Gallery will feature an exhibition of paintings by New Haven-based architect, Barry Svigals. Strati di Memoria, Layers of Memory, represents an exploration into the multiple impressions of Piazza della Repubblica, the central piazza in Cortona, Italy.
PAST PRIZEWINNERS SHOWS
2014: Hillary Charnas and Rebecca Murtaugh, Prizewinners of the 2013 National Exhibition How Simple Can You Get?, with juror Robert Storr
2013: Chad Erpelding and Megan Moore, Prizewinners of the 2012 National Exhibition Boundless, with juror Anne Coffin
2012: Van Chu, Prizewinner of the 2011 National Exhibition Seeing Seeing, with juror Felice Frankel
2011: Peggy Johnston and Erika Mahr, Prizewinners of the 2010 International Exhibition Inventive Structures, with juror Hedi Kyle
2010: Jennifer Kaufman, Prizewinner of the 2009 National Exhibition Sky's the Limit, with juror Janet Echelman
2009: Helen Byler and Carrie Mae Smith, Prizewinners of the 2008 National Exhibition Painting as Presence, with juror William Bailey
Nicholas Kripal, Judit Varga, and Nicholas Wood, Prizewinners
of the 2007 National Exhibition Ceramic Abstraction: Exploration
with juror Paula Winokur