The Familiar and the Indefinable in Clay: The 71st Scripps College Ceramic Annual

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The Scripps College Ceramic Annual, the longest continuous exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States, will open for its 71st year on Jan. 24 and will continue through April 5.

Image: Betty Woodman, Balustrade Vase 95-13, 1995, Ceramic, 26 x 26 x 3, Courtesy of Jeffrey Spahn Gallery, San Francisco, CA

This exhibition, which will include a selection of hybrid works, represents both emerging and well-established artists.

The Scripps College Ceramic Annual, the longest continuous exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States, will open for its 71st year on Jan. 24 and will continue through April 5. This exhibition, which will include a selection of hybrid works, represents both emerging and well-established artists and will feature an illustrated catalog with an essay by art writer Leah Ollman. The Jan. 24 opening will begin with a special lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Scripps College Humanities Auditorium, followed by an opening reception at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m., which will include live music and light refreshments. These events are free and open to the public.

Traditionally an “artist’s choice” exhibition, a leading ceramic artist is invited to choose the participating artists each year. This year’s guest curator is Julia Haft-Candell, a Lincoln visiting professor at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate University. Haft-Candell has consistently shown her work across Southern California as well as New York and Houston. Her own work melds ceramics with a wide array of other materials and her selection of artists for the Ceramic Annual reflects her free and eclectic approach. The exhibition features Nicole Cherubini, Jessica Hans, Jun Kaneko, Linda Lopez, Anton Reijnders, Brie Ruais, Kathleen Ryan, and Betty Woodman – artists whose individual works first appear dissonant, yet resonate in an underlying harmony when shown together. Haft-Candell says the pieces in the show “hint at the familiar and steer towards the indefinable.”

The gallery would like to thank Kirk Delman, David Furman, the Jean and Arthur Ames Fund, the Joan and David Lincoln Endowment, the Pasadena Art Alliance, Skutt Ceramic Products, Inc., and the Paul Soldner Endowment at Scripps College for supporting the exhibition and catalog. For more information on the exhibition, please call (909) 607-4690 or visit “Upcoming Exhibitions” on the gallery’s website at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu.

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