Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Upcoming Exhibitions

Menagerie.National Call for Entries.

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is accepting submissions for Menagerie, a juried National Clay Competition celebrating Animals. Open to Ceramic Artists who create, interpret and explore the wonder of Animals real, surreal or imagined. Open to both functional and sculptural Ceramic Art.

Submission details:https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=8923

Juror: Ariel Bowman
Artist Statement:
I make sculptures of prehistoric animals that represent the wonder to be found in natural history. I am intrigued by animals that evolved with distinct features, such as unfamiliar tusks, strange elongated limbs, and unusual proportions. I use clay to bring these extinct creatures back to life, sculpting folds of flesh and filling their bellies with air. The picturesque aesthetic of the eighteenth century refers to a time when our relationship to nature was being expanded by scientific discoveries, yet separated by the disappearance of wild places. Each scene that I create is a fantasy inspiring curiosity about the unknown animal, while nourishing the imagination of the viewer with intricate details. Mysterious giants wander through palatial ruins, discovering the overgrown remains of monuments to human greatness. Moss and vines cover the fossils of civilization, and show the effects of time in their decay. My work uses reflective nostalgia to present these extinct animals in the context of human history. The unexpected combination of such contrasting timelines questions reality, and rekindles a childlike fascination with the animal world.

Awards:
First Place: $1,500.
Second Place; $1,000.
Third Place: $500.
Event Dates: July 23, 2021 - Sept 12, 2021
Entry Deadline: July 1, 2021