exhibiton image Cathy Weiss' installation at Ink & Clay 38

Date: March 15 - April 27, 2012
Opening Reception: 5-7pm, March 24, 2012

Ink and Clay is the Kellogg Gallery's annual, western states, competitive exhibition of ceramics, prints and drawings. 2011 marks the 37th year for this unique exhibition which is made possible through the generosity of Col. Jim Jones and the office of the University President, J. Michael Ortiz. The Ink and Clay competition was brought to prominence over the years due to the directorship of the exhibition by the artist and master printmaker, Patrick Merrill.

Jurors: Ink - Michelle Deziel
Michelle Deziel is an Independent Contemporary Art Curator and Consultant. Deziel is currently organizing the first major West Coast retrospective of Los Angeles painter and printmaker Ynez Johnston at the Mingei Museum in San Diego (2011). She is also working as a consultant on the Norton Simon Museum of Art’s exhibition PROOF: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California (2011) and co-authoring the catalogue for the Torrance Art Museum’s 2012 show Between the Knowing.
Deziel was formerly a curatorat the Norton Simon Museum, where for ten years she managed the museum’s collection of 20th century art and organized numerous exhibitions, including works on paper exhibits by Goya, Picasso, Diebenkorn and Ruscha. She holds a B.A. degree in Art History and French from Cal State University, Long Beach. She also studied at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne and the Université d’Aix-Marseilles in France. When asked by what criteria she would judge the “Ink” submissions, Michelle responded: “When asked to jury exhibitions, my approach is to carefully and critically examine each submission before making a selection. I am interested in works of art that have the power to engage aesthetically, conceptually and technically. Whether a drawing or a print, the artist’s technical mastery must be evident-quality always stands out-as does originality and innovation.”

Carol Sauvion is the Founder and Director of Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles, California, and is the Executive Producer of the Pea- body Award winning and Emmy nominated CRAFT IN AMERICA television series broadcast nationwide on PBS. She has served as curator and juror for numerous exhibitions, and has been a guest speaker at a multitude of museums and conference venues including the Smithsonian Institution and the Getty Institute. Sauvion holds a degree in Art History from Manhattanville College in New York, and has over ten years experience as a studio potter and instructor. She is currently filming the second episode in CRAFT IN AMERICA’S third season.
In describing the criteria by which she would determine her selections, Carol relates: I look forward to jurying the ceramics for the Ink and Clay 2012 exhibition at Kellogg University Art Gallery. I consider it a unique opportunity to become familiar with the work of artists from a large geographic area. Whether produced in quantity or as one-of-a-kind, the ideal handmade work reflects excellence and the unique vision of its maker. It is well conceived and skillfully executed, with the concept and the technique in balance. Ultimately, the object is perceived as more than the sum of its techniques and materials. These are the qualities I look for
when jurying.

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