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Open Call
Ceramics +: Drawing into Sculpture
curated by Matt Nolen


Ceramics +: Drawing into Sculpture
curated by Matt Nolen
Apply by November 1st!

Ceramics: Drawing into Sculpture curated by Matt Nolen

Curator's Talk: December 13th

Open call statement:

Over the last 25 years or so fine art has become less and less confined to one medium or another, i.e., painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, etc. One could almost say the majority – or at least a large percentage – of work seen in galleries and museums combines one or more of what is thought to be traditional categories of media.  Ceramics can be seen materially as a bridge - where the 2D surface is fused through firing to become a physical part of the 3D form.

This exhibition will feature artists whose studio practice includes 2D object/image making (drawing, painting, photography, collage) and ceramic sculpture.  

The presented works will explore and push possibilities in both two and three dimensions and in their crossover, i.e., to extend qualities usually associated with drawing, such as spontaneity, linearity, intimacy, directness, and mark-making into three-dimensional space – and vice versa – to extend (or compress) qualities usually associated with sculpture, such as weight, scale, mass, and physical presence into drawing.

Please note that both 3D and 2D work are required for a submission.  Accepted media:  3D- sculpture with ceramic as primary material.  2D- drawing, painting, photography, print on canvas, board, paper.  All works should be ready for mounting.


Background of the curator:

Matt Nolen is a studio artist living and working in New York City and Narrowsburg, NY.  Trained as a painter and architect, Nolen’s work includes sculptural objects and architectural installations using clay and mixed media.  His work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous private and public collections including:  The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NYC., The Museum of Arts and Design, NYC., The Newark Museum, NJ., The Houston Museum of Fine Art, TX., The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. and The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY .

Nolen’s work has been written about and reviewed in many periodicals and books including:  The New York Times, American Ceramics, Ceramics Art and Perception, Masters of Craft, Confrontational Clay, Postmodern Ceramics, Painted Clay and Sexpots.

Nolen has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Mid Atlantic Foundation (regional NEA) Fellowship and international residencies in Israel and China and Canada.  His residency at the Kohler Co.’s Art/Industry Program resulted in a handmade public washroom that has been named “Best Restroom in America” by the Cintas Corp. and among “The 10 Best Bathrooms in the World” by the Travel Channel.

He has recently served as President of the Board of Trustees for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, is currently serving as Trustee of the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation and is Adjunct Professor of Art at New York University, Hunter College, and Ceramics Area Coordinator at Pratt Institute.

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