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Contemporary Clay 2021

In-Person Exhibition: August 17 - December 10, 2021*
In-Person Reception: Thursday, October 7 from 5-7PM
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Dynamic ceramic artwork that looks like metal

Eliza Au, Untitled, 2018, porcelain, 14 x 7 x 4 in. 

Extremely large ceramics featuring faces of men and women in various colors

Sunkoo Yuh, Repatriations, stoneware, glazed, 2013, 68 x 87 x 36 inches

Back for its next iteration at the WCU Fine Art Museum, Contemporary Clay 2021, gathers artists from a variety of backgrounds who push boundaries on topics including race, culture, sexuality, gender, and class.

Guest curated by Heather Mae Erickson, Associate Professor of Ceramics at WCU, Contemporary Clay surveys the ever-expanding field of American-made ceramics. The exhibition encourages viewers to consider the concepts, processes, and context of clay in contemporary art. 

Each artist, from emerging to established, is featured because of their noteworthy contributions to the field.

Multimedia piece

Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Whitewash, video, 2017, 6:06 minutes

Exhibition-Related Content 

View the virtUal 360° exhibition tour. 

September 30 | 12-1PM | Virtual 

Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy: "Clay is Hot"

Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy is the essayist for the catalogue being produced as part of the Contemporary Clay 2021 exhibition. Angelik is a New York and Los Angeles-based curator, writer, and arts administrator of contemporary art and craft, focusing on ceramics. Her current research investigates the “aesthetic of optimism” and the subversive power of humor, cuteness, and leisure as tools of protest. Amplifying the voices of BIPOC artists is central to her practice. She serves as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York.

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October 6 | 12-3:30PM | Panel Discussions | Virtual

Panel 1: 12-1:30 EST  
Topic Title: "Trends in Materiality: Ephemeral Clay "
Facilitator:  Magdolene Dykstra – 

BREAK 1:30-2:00 EST

Panel 2: 2:00-3:30 EST 
Topic Title: Reclaiming Ground
Facilitator:  Andres Payan Estrada from Craft Contemporary   

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October 7 | 6-7PM | In-Person Gallery Talk 

Part of in-person reception event.

Curated by Heather Mae Erickson, Contemporary Clay: A Survey of Contemporary American Ceramics, was on view from October 6 - December 16, 2016.

The exhibition examined the evolving, expanded field of clay and ceramics. Exciting shifts throughout the field push this limitless material through new processes and concepts. This exhibition aimed to show the depth and breadth of this material and its user’s ideas, ranging from, but not limited to, traditional and non-traditional functional objects, rapid prototyping, use of mixed materials in objects and installations, and unfired clay as a final material. This exhibition encouraged viewers to consider the concepts, processes, and contexts of clay in contemporary art. Each artist, from emerging to established, was selected due to their noteworthy contribution to the field of contemporary clay and ceramics.

View the virtual 360° exhibition tour. 

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