It Was 20 Years Ago Today…: An Exhibition and Teaching Collection

Main Gallery, Emily Galusha Gallery

Northern Clay Center announced a special exhibition commemorating its first twenty years.  It Was 20 Years Ago Today…: An Exhibition and Teaching Collection opened to the public on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  This exhibition was part of a year of special events celebrating the Center’s 20th birthday.  As part of the festivities, the Center also hosted an exhibition reception and Big Birthday Bash on October 16th. 

This exhibition focused on the past ten years and highlighted some of the pieces from the teaching collection, which were acquired during the ten-year retrospective.  Since our tenth anniversary the exhibition program has continued to showcase some of the best ceramic work in the world from emerging artists and potters to established masters. Along the way we added an additional gallery space and began to receive support from the Windgate Foundation.  Both have had a tremendous impact on the scope and scale of the exhibition program.

Pottery, sculpture, installations and other objects by over 400 artists have been included in NCC exhibitions over the past ten years.  The Center’s exhibition committee worked with the staff to curate a representative sampling of the work of artists who push the limits of clay in form and meaning, such as Nina Hole’s monumental temporary sculptures, David East’s utopian landscapes, Judy Onofrio’s mixed-media exotic ladies and birds.  The sampling included artists whose work epitomizes wonderful utilitarian pots, such as Malcolm Davis, Mary Barringer, and Ayumi Horie.  It included artists and potters whose work has been exhibited at a range of career stages, from emerging Jerome Artists to mid-career McKnight Artists to influential Regis Masters.  And, it included artists from locations as close as studios at Northern Clay Center to as far away as Australia.

Members of the exhibition committee who participated in the selection process were: Kelly Connole, Maren Kloppmann, Jeff Oestreich and Rob Silberman.  Staff members were Jamie Lang, exhibition director and Emily Galusha, director.  Works by the clay artist members of the selection committee are included in the exhibition.

Confirmed participating artists were: Linda Arbuckle, Chuck Aydlett, Mary Barringer, Megan Bergstrom, Margaret Bohls, Andy Brayman, Nino Caruso, Rebecca Chappell, Sam Chung, Kelly Connole, Cynthia Consentino, Malcolm Davis, Andrea Leila Denecke, David East, Gutte Eriksen, Edith Garcia, Arthur Gonzáles, Katharine Gotham, Ursula Hargens, Mike Helke, Tony Hepburn, Nina Hole, Ayumi Horie, Satoru Hoshino, Farraday Newsome & Jeff Reich, Cindy Kolodziejski, Jamie Lang, Beth Lo, Peter Lupori, Janet Mansfield, Tony Marsh, Andrew Martin, Connee Mayeron, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Paul McMullan, Judy Onofrio, Walter Ostrom, Lawson Oyekan, Don Reitz, Nick Renshaw, Mary Roettger, Annabeth Rosen, Irene Saito, Pete Scherzer, Tatsuzo Shimaoka, Forrest Snyder, Patti Warashina, Kurt Webb, Janet Williams, Robert Winokur, Tetsuya Yamada, and Lucy Yogerst.

NCC published a catalogue of the exhibition along with an updated history of NCC and selection of essays.  As was done with the 10th anniversary exhibition, we acquired the objects in the exhibition to add to our teaching collection.