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25th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition

Price:  Free

Date:  April 19, 2024 to June 23, 2024

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the opening of The 25th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, in loving memory of Darlene Williams. The opening and awards reception will take place 5 – 8 PM, April 19 – June 23, 2024. The reception is free and open to the public. Music and refreshments will be provided.

The museum hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years, open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This year, the Juror, Louise Rosenfield (Dallas, TX), selected 102 works by artists from 29 US states and Mexico. This year’s invited artist is Chase Kahwinhut Earles (Ada, OK), who will have a small focus exhibit of his work.

The San Angelo National Ceramic Competition is a weekend-long celebration of collaborative events. Beginning Thursday, April 18 a ceramic workshop taught by Andrew McIntyre will be held at Angelo State University in the main ceramics studio from 9 – Noon. Children and families can enjoy Clay Play Day from 3 – 6 PM in the Education Studio at SAMFA where staff and ceramic artist Ariel Bowman will be on-hand to help with clay activities where kids can create sculptures of prehistoric animals.

On Friday, April 19 the Concho Clay Studio at SAMFA will host a ceramic workshop taught by ASU Invited artist Eric Ordway from 9 – 11:30 AM in conjunction with Atmospheric Vessels: Selected Works by Eric Ordway and Andrew McIntyre at the Mayer Museum at ASU open from 10 – 5 PM (this exhibit will run through May 10, 2024). The 39th Annual Ceramic Symposium will be held in the Carr building at ASU in Room 101 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM featuring panelists Louise Rosenfield (Ceramic Competition Juror), Chase Kahwinhut Earles (Invited Artist), Eric Ordway (ASU Invited Artist), and Andrew McIntyre (ASU Invited Artist). These events lead up to the Opening and Award Reception of the 25th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition at SAMFA from 5 – 8 PM. Join us also in Gallery Verde (417 S. Oakes St.) for the Opening Reception of the Native Offerings 2024 Invitational curated by Exponential Art from 5 – 9 PM; and also the Ceramic Student Art Show in the Coop Gallery (427 S. Oakes) from 5 – 8 PM. The Oakes Street galleries are within easy walking distance of the museum and free trolley transportation will be available from 5 – 8 PM between SAMFA and the Oakes Street galleries, as well as other venues participating in the Downtown San Angelo’s Spring Fling Stroll event.

Saturday, April 20, The Chicken Farm Art Center will host an Invited Artist Workshop with Chase Kahwinhut Earles from 9 – 3 PM. The Chicken Farm will also host Clay and Play, a family activity event, from 4 – 6 PM, a Raku Firing Interactive Workshop led by the Concho Clay Studio at 5PM, and the Texas Barbeque Dinner and Dance at 6PM. SAMFA and the Oakes Street galleries will be open 10 – 4 PM on April 20 and 1 – 4 PM on April 21 with an Artist Talk taking place at 3PM in Gallery Verde.

On Monday, April 22, join ASU Ceramics Professor Hayun Surl for a tour through Ceramic Competition exhibit at SAMFA at Noon.

The Ceramic Competition exhibit will be on display at SAMFA from April 19 – June 23, 2024.