February 1, 2018 entry deadline
Colorado, Grand Junction “Contemporary Clay 2018” (May 11–June 23) open to all artists working in clay. Contemporary Clay aims to showcase the latest developments in ceramic art. Artists may submit up to 3 works that use clay as the focus material, and up to 3 images per entry. Artwork must have been executed within the last 2 years and should not be so fragile that shipment or public display is harmful to the work or the viewer. Open to sculptural and functional work, installation art, collaborative projects (between 2 or more artists), and mixed media work. Awards up to $750. Fee: $20–35. Juried from digital. Juror: Doug Casebeer. Contact Avery Glassman, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, 1803 N 7th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501; firstname.lastname@example.org; 970-243-7337.
February 5, 2018 entry deadline
Missouri, St. Joseph “St. Joseph Sculpture Walk 2018” (June 8, 2018–May 14, 2019) open to all sculpture artists in all durable outdoor media. Artists may submit up to 4 sculptures for consideration, but each submission must have three images of the same sculpture attached. Selected sculptures/sculptors will receive a $500 honorarium. Cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded at the June 8 reception. Juried from digital exhibition. Fee: $15. Contact Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph, 118 S 8th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501; email@example.com; 816-233-0231; www.stjoearts.org.
February 28, 2018 entry deadline
Louisiana, New Orleans “Clay Center Sculpture National” (April 6–28) open to sculptures and sculptural wall-mounted works that are at least 50% ceramic materials. Entries must be original artworks made by the artist in the last three years. Juried from digital. Juror: Shalya Marsh. Fee: $30. Contact Clay Center of New Orleans, 1001 S Broad St. Unit 116, New Orleans, LA 70125; firstname.lastname@example.org; 504-517-3721; www.nolaclay.org.
February 28, 2018 entry deadline
Louisiana, New Orleans “Atmospheric” (May 4–26) open to both vessel-based and sculptural works fired in atmospheric firing types (wood, reduction, raku, pit or salt/soda firings). All submitted pieces must be original artworks made by the applicant within the last three years. Juried from digital. Fee: $30. Juror: Linda Christianson. Contact Clay Center of New Orleans, 1001 S Broad St. Unit 116., New Orleans, LA 70125; email@example.com; 504-517-3721; www.nolaclay.org.
March 23, 2018 entry deadline
Nevada, Las Vegas “Environmentally Aware” (May 3–27) open to all artists working in clay. Environmentally Aware will showcase work that features threatened environments and endangered plants and animals. Looking for work that reminds us we share our planet with diverse creatures. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material, must specify firing technique(s) and size, and must have been completed within the last 2 years. There will be a $300 award for best of show. Fee: $35 for first three entries. Jurors: Margaret Haden, Peter Jakubowski. Contact Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104; firstname.lastname@example.org; 702-375-4147.
April 12, 2018 entry deadline
Louisiana, Alexandria “31st September Competition” (July 6–October 20) open to all artists over the age of 18 working in any medium. All work must be original and must have been completed in the last two years. Video entries must not exceed 30 minutes in length. Work should not exceed 7 feet in any direction or 200 pounds in weight. AMoA encourages artists working in video and other experimental media to submit entries for judging. Multiple awards will be given. Juried from digital. Fee: $30. Juror: William U. Eiland. Contact Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301; email@example.com; http://themuseum.org; 318-443-3458.
April 15, 2018 entry deadline
France, Campestre “1001 Bowls” (July 7) open to all students that studied at the Ceramists School AGIR Ceramique. All are invited to participate in the Students Bowl Show, which is part of the 1001 Bowls cycle created by Christian Coissieux in 2006. Festival in Régagnas: 30 year celebration. Juried from digital. Contact Ariane Coissieux, Farm of Regagnas, 30 770 Alzon-Campestre, France; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ecole-ceramique.com; +33 6 03 85 38 17.
April 21, 2018 entry deadline
Colorado, Manitou Springs “Cheers! Drink Up!” (June 15–July 18) open to all artists working in clay who are members of ICAN (International Ceramic Artists Network, formerly Potters Council). To become a member go to: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/subscription-offers/ican. $100 cash awards for 1st place in each of the following four categories: beer, coffee, tea, and spirits. Juried from digital. Fee: $30 for up to four entries. Juror: Peter Karner. Contact Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829; email@example.com; 719-685-1008; www.commonwheel.com/cheers-drink-up.html.
May 25, 2018 entry deadline
Nevada, Las Vegas “Serve It Up 2018” (July 7–September 1) open to all artists working in clay. Pottery often raises questions of art versus craft. Serve It Up fills the gallery with functional work that answers the question, pottery is with no doubt art. From tumblers to bowls to serving vessels, if it belongs on the dinner table it belongs at Clay Arts Vegas. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material, must specify firing technique(s) and size, and must have been completed within the last 2 years. All work must be functional and food safe. There will be a $300 award for best of show. Fee: $35 for first three entries. Jurors: Amedeo Salamoni, Peter Jakubowski. Contact Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104; firstname.lastname@example.org; 702-375-4147.
united states exhibitions
February 1, 2018 entry deadline
Texas, San Angelo “22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition” (April 20–June 24) open to all artists 18 or older who are residents of the US, Canada, or Mexico. All work, both functional and sculptural, must have been completed within the last two years. Works previously accepted into this competition are ineligible. The exhibition highlights a broad range of attitudes in the clay medium from functional to sculptural work. Submit up to 3 entries, maximum of 2 digital images per artwork. Multiple awards will be given. Fee: $20. Juror: Peter Held. Contact San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St., San Angelo, TX 76903; email@example.com; 325-653-3333; www.samfa.org.
February 15, 2018 entry deadline
Massachusetts, Worcester “Sweet Suggestions” (April 6–June 15) open to all artists who are at least 18 years of age and are residents of the US. Show us your best ways to serve, eat, and enjoy your favorite desserts! All ceramic, metal, or glass dessert, baking, serving, or eating wares or utensils of varying type will be considered. No entries larger than 15 inches tall and 15 inches wide. Submit up to 6 images of 3 pieces. Multiple awards will be given. Fee: $30. Contact Rebecca Zablocki, Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd., Worcester, MA 01605; firstname.lastname@example.org; 508-753-8183 x.208; www.worcester.edu.
March 2, 2018 entry deadline
Indiana, Kokomo “Nefelibata” (April 6–25) open to all artists who are at least 16 years of age and are residents of the US. All fine art media are accepted including: ceramics and mixed media. All work must be original, completed in the last two years. Sculptures should not exceed 9 feet in height due to gallery space. This concept of living in the endless confines of your imagination is what we would like to see represented in the work submitted. Submit up to 3 pieces. No entry fee. Contact Indiana University Kokomo; Union Street Gallery, 2300 S. Washington St., Kokomo, IN 46902; email@example.com; www.iuk.edu.
February 11, 2018 entry deadline
California, Davis “29th Annual California Clay Competition 2018” (April 27–May 25) open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18 residing in California. Clay must be the primary medium–functional or sculptural. Work must be for sale through the duration of the show and made within the last two years. Work must fit through a standard door frame and weigh no more than can be easily handled by two people. Fee: $15 per piece. Juried from digital. Juror: Tiffany Schmierer. Contact Marcia Smith, The Artery of Davis, 209 G. St., Davis, CA 95616; http://theartery.net/ccc.html; firstname.lastname@example.org; 530-758-8330.
March 5, 2018 entry deadline
Kansas, Prairie Village “Future of the Arts 2018” (April 13–28) open to all residents the Kansas City metro area and surrounding suburban cities, for children, grades 1–12 who attend public or private schools. Open to all media. Multiple prizes will be awarded. Work must be for sale through the duration of the show. Each student may enter art as many times as they like, although only one piece per artist will be allowed in the final round of judging. Fee: $5. Juried from digital. Contact Julie Flanagan, Prairie Village Arts Council, 7700 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, CKS 66208; http://artspv.org/call/fota; email@example.com; 913-710-6804.
April 20, 2018 entry deadline
New Mexico, Albuquerque “Resonations in Clay—Life on the Bosque” (July 7–September 30) open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18 residing in New Mexico. Clay must be the primary medium—functional or sculptural interpreting the Bosque’s changing four seasons and nature’s cycle of life on the river. Work must fit through a standard door frame. Fee: $40. Juried from digital. $1000 cash awards. Jurors: Virgil Ortiz, Camilla Trujillo, Kim Eichorst, Ph.D. Contact Kim Glidden, New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, PO Box 881, Chimayo, NM 87522; www.nmpca.com/claybosque; 505-351-2462; firstname.lastname@example.org.
fairs and festivals
February 5, 2018 entry deadline
Illinois, Springfield “Liturgical and Sacred Art Festival 2018” (April 27–May 26) open to all artists working in all media over the age of 18 living in the US. All submitted artwork must explore a spiritual or religious theme. Work must be original and completed in the last three years. Include a written statement of up to 1000 words with your entry. Multiple awards will be awarded. Fee: $30 for up to three works. Juried from digital. Contact SAA Visual Art Center, 700 N 4th Street, Springfield, IL 62702; www.springfieldart.org; 217-523-2631; email@example.com.