2013 UN-WEDGED — North American Ceramic Competition and Art Show — November 2 - 30
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Sam Chung, Asst. Professor, Arizona State University, Herberger College of the Arts-School of Art,
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All work will be judged exclusively from digital images submitted to:
All images must be of the actual work. Images should be jpg or tiff format and at least 1024x768 pixels minimum. Up to two images per entry will be accepted.
There is a non-refundable $35 fee for each entry. You may submit up to two entries at a cost of $35 per entry (one entry = one art work = $35). Payment is due upon completion of your online submission at https://pnwunwedged.slideroom.com.
UN-WEDGED seeks contemporary ceramic work, both functional and sculptural, that is exceptional in concept and execution. The use of other media is acceptable as long as ceramics is the principle vehicle of expression. The show is open to all artists living in the United States, Canada and Mexico. All work submitted must have been completed within the last two years.
juror’s award - $1000
director’s award - $500
terms and conditions:
All work accepted to the show must be for sale. Works will be sold on a consignment basis 60/40 with 60% of the retail price going to the artist. The care and condition of the work will be the responsibility of the gallery for the duration of the show. The artist will be reimbursed for 60% of the retail price of any broken or damaged works. The artist is responsible for the insuring of any work in shipping to the gallery. Work exceeding 40 # in weight or over 30” in any dimension will necessitate careful consideration.
shipping and handling:
The artist is responsible for shipping work to the show and associated costs. The gallery will assume responsibility for return shipping, ground rates unless the work is exceptional in size or weight (see above).
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2012 UN-WEDGED — North American Ceramic Competition and Art Show
OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, November 3, 6- 8 PM
The show will continue through November 30th.
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11 am-5 pm or by appointment.
A portion of the mission statement of Pottery Northwest reads: "...to develop and promote excellence in the ceramic arts..." Our gallery program is indeed a significant aspect of the mission.
In the age of the internet and our ability to go anywhere, see anything (almost), it is especially important not to lose sight of the importance of engaging real physical objects. Just as the camera is not the same as the eye, the object has a presence that is impossible to capture without encountering it firsthand.
In simple terms it is important to see work in person, right there, "live". I am constantly reminded of this, and most frequently discover there is a lot more to the piece than the very best image can convey. That is one of the reasons for our North American Juried Exhibition, UN-WEDGED. We want you the viewer to have the ability to see this work in person. It is also the case that the jury fees associated with the show go right back to artists in the awards we make. That too, is a means of developing excellence in the field and cultivating work of quality.
Our jurors are professionals in every sense. Their careers reflect an attention to excellence and a receptive view to good work no matter the source. This year Steven Young Lee, the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation, has chosen the work of 21 artists from the applicant pool to represent the field.
Please join us for UN-WEDGED 2012, our third annual North American juried competition. The opening reception is Saturday, November 3rd, 6-9 pm with a number of the artists in attendance. The show will continue through November 30th. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11 am-5 pm or by appointment.
2011 UN-WEDGED — North American Ceramic Competition and Art Show
OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, November 5, 6- 8 PM
Pottery Northwest, the region’s premiere ceramic facility, will host its second annual ceramics competition and exhibition: UN-WEDGED 2011. UN-WEDGED is a North American juried show with artists applying from all over the United States as well as Canada and Mexico. Applicants submitted both functional and sculptural work as well as mixed media. The show will run from November 5 through November 26, 2011 in the north gallery of Pottery Northwest’s historic home at 226 First Avenue North (between Thomas and John), just one block south of the Key Arena at the Seattle Center. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 5, at 6 pm. The public is cordially invited to attend.
The 2011 UN-WEDGED juror is Chris Staley, Professor of Ceramics at Penn State University. An award winning artist and well respected educator for many years, Staley is also the recipient of the Jean Griffith Fellowship Residency at Pottery Northwest. As juror for the competition and show, Staley has had to hone down a large pool of submissions to a select group that reflects the show’s ambition of “exceptional work both in concept and execution.” At the same time, he puts his own personal stamp on the interpretation of exceptional by selecting the recipient of the Juror’s Choice Award. This year, the Juror’s Choice Award of one thousand dollars goes to David Hollander of Boulder, Colorado for his piece Horse Head, Hand.
A second Director’s Choice prize of five hundred dollars (selected by Wally Bivins, Pottery Northwest’s director) will be awarded to Dan Molyneux for his piece Xerxes. “We are casting a wide net with this show and defying the idea of a specific trend in the field. The trend in the field that we’re interested in is excellence, and that can come in many manifestations.” Bivins says.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Founded in 1966 as a non-profits arts organization, Pottery Northwest is a long time and vibrant source of programming in the Seattle arts community. Artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialog and as a formative step in their professional career. World class professional artist residencies, exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series spanning many years are all features of this fixture at Seattle Center.
2010 UN-WEDGED — North American Ceramic Competition and Art Show
November 4 - 30, 2010
Pottery Northwest - the Pacific Northwest’s premier ceramics studio and a community of artists at many levels - is pleased to announce the opening of the first annual UN-WEDGED exhibition, a showcase of the finest in North American contemporary ceramics. The exhibition will open November 4th and continue through November 30th in Pottery Northwest’s south gallery located at 226 First Avenue North, one block south of the Key Arena. A Gala Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 6 – 8 pm. The public is cordially invited to attend.
UN-WEDGED was juried by University of Georgia professor emeritus Andy Nasisse who also happens to be Pottery Northwest’s 2011 Jean Griffith Fellowship recipient. In selecting the pieces to be included in the exhibition, Nasisse considered the major themes in contemporary ceramics. The figure, organic abstraction, metaphorical vessels, landscapes, functional pottery, architectural, and narrative ceramics have all been given fresh and insightful interpretations by the "UN-WEDGED" artists. Each piece was chosen on how well it lived up to the general terms that it sets for itself. How authoritative is the handling of the material? How clearly or mysteriously are the concepts conveyed? Is the craftsmanship done well? Are the formal aspects executed with sensitivity? More importantly, is the artist speaking with their own voice, even if they are speaking about issues that have been part of the vocabulary of ceramics for a long time?
Some of the pieces, according to Nasisse, “were truly inspired and had real power and presence. It was very hard to isolate one of these pieces and say that it was ‘the best,’ but the sculpture that was chosen for the Jurors award was fresh, alive, very compelling, and could suggest multiple levels of meaning! This stratification of ideas, both visually and conceptually, is the path to creating objects that have transformative power, objects that give the viewer a sustaining experience and that have the possibility of becoming universal.”
“Our goal in hosting a show with a significant prize award under the eye of a distinguished juror is to promote excellence in the field of ceramics. It also provides the Seattle community, including our students and the local clay artists, with a look at what is happening on the clay scene nationally. We are delighted with the response to our first national juried show; it indeed reflects tremendous breadth in the field” stated Executive Director, Wally Bivins.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Founded in 1966 as a non-profits arts organization, Pottery Northwest is a long time and vibrant source of programming in the Seattle arts community. World class professional artist residencies, exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series spanning many years are all features of this fixture at Seattle Center. Artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialog and as a formative step in their professional career. The Pottery has recently supported artists like Anne Grgich, John Grade, and glass workers Jamex and Einar de la Torre to “cross over the bridge” and use ceramics in addition to other media.