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NCECA 2019 Claytopia Shows at the Schmidt Artist Lofts

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


National and Local Ceramists exhibit at the Schmidt Artist Lofts

Schmidt Artist Lofts hosts 7 exhibits & a gift shop­ as part of the 2019National Council on Education for the Ceramic Artsconference

SAINT PAUL – Ceramic artists exhibit opening at Schmidt Artist Lofts, 900 West Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

March 26th- March 30th10am-5pm, Reception Friday March 29th5pm-10pm. A gift shop will also feature smaller ceramic work and include 15-20 artists from a variety of mediums.

The seven featured exhibits located at the Schmidt Artist Lofts are a combination of solo and group shows. The following is a brief description of all exhibits.

Divergence, located in theLandmark Gallery, is an exhibition of ceramic and two-dimensional artworks curated by Schmidt residents Zoë Powell and Mitch Iburg, along with College of Saint Benedict ceramics professor, Samuel Johnson. The exhibition gathers the work of eight ceramic artists from the Midwest who also pursue distinct bodies of work in two-dimensional media. The exhibition intends to highlight similarities and differences in philosophy, concept, and technique within different ways of working.

Form and Abstraction: A Universal Language,located in the Tunnel Gallery, isnew work by five contemporary clay artists from the upper mid-west region, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois, these artists have a connection in their use of abstraction as a vehicle to explore content.Curating ArtistNicolas Darcourtstates, "Through a shared understanding of abstraction, accuracy becomes subjective, form functions as a fluid set of solutions, and perception is open to interpretation."

Over the Divide: Works from the Clay Studio of Missoula,located in the Flex Studiofeatures the diverse variety of both functional and sculptural ceramic works created by current artists-in-residence and staff."At the Clay Studio of Missoula, we reflect on our experiences in Montana and recent growth of the facility we work in" explains curating artistShalene Valenzuela.

My Four Truths in Claytopia,located in the Pigs Eye Galleryis Guillermo Guardia’s political, social, and personal statements with his Four Truths sculptures:Puzzle Piece Sculptures, Baby Devils, Immigration symbolized through sculpture of Llamas & Memories of Home.

Full Circle: Decay, Dread, and DŽjà vu after Wedgwood,located in the Pigs Eye GalleryBrad Menninga’s installation containsfictional artifacts, Wedgwood fakes, and eroded neoclassical pottery. They present material reflections on the unfulfilled promises of the Enlightenment and the constant backlash to the proposition of universal human dignity.

something, here, gone,located in the Tap Room, presents mixed-media, stoneware sculpture installation reflecting upon a darker reality; a hidden awareness in notions of love and loss, drawing on concepts of mythology and spirituality. Tony Angelino says, "Through my artistic expression, I hope to cultivate an excitement and curiosity to spark creative exploration into "connectedness" to the vast spectrum of reality."

The Civilized Menagerie, located on the 5thfloor of the Brewhouse, featureswoodland creatures as bandits and poets in an exploration of anthropomorphismin DC Ice’s exhibit. Through illustrative sgraffitto techniques on clayboard,characters carry grief, their blessings and joy bleed out of the frame.The ceramic artists invited DC Ice, a painter and illustrator to show her etched paintings. DC’s technique is so similar to ceramic sgraffito, but the look is very unique and should be inspiring to clay artists says fellow artistBradMenninga.

Pop-up gift shop,a unique highlight to this location. Ceramics artists have been invited to display and sell their smaller works in the gift shop. Their work will be accompanied by several chosen artists, that will also have works for sale. Mediums will range from painting, photography, jewelry & knitwear. The gift shop will be open the same hours as the Ceramic exhibits.

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is a dynamic organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. The actual conference is based at the Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis. Annually, some 6,000+ individuals attend the conference in a new host city. Participants are professors, students, makers, collectors, manufacturers, suppliers, writers, curators. There are a variety of opportunities for the local community to share in the enthusiasm, including gallery expo and projects space opening reception and exhibition throughout the week, our opening ceremonies, shows at local galleries and museums, special exhibits like the National K-12 Ceramics Competition and Show. More information can be found at,www.nceca.net.

Exhibit Detail: All participating artists

  • Divergence:Samuel Johnson, John Beckelman, Bede Clarke, Gabrielle Graber, Mitch Iburg, Erica Iman, Samuel Johnson, Randy Johnston, Ani Kasten, and Zoe Powell.
  • Form and Abstraction: A Universal Language:Nicolas Darcourt,Kathryn Agnes Baczeski, Nicolas Darcourt, Gerit Grimm, Tyler Lotz, and Brady McLearen.
  • Over the Divide: Works from the Clay Studio of Missoula:Shalene Valenzuela, Andrew Avakian, Chris Drobnock, Donna Flanery, Kirk Jackson, Ben Jordan, Scott McClellan, Jazmine Penelope, Shalene Valenzuela, Christine Gronneberg, Elisha Harteis, Andrew Rivera, and others.
  • My Four Truths in Claytopia:Guillermo Guardia
  • Full Circle: Decay, Dread, and DŽjà vu after Wedgwood:Brad Menninga
  • something, here, gone:Tony Angelino
  • The Civilized Menagerie:DC Ice


Schmidt Artist Lofts
900 West 7th St.
St. Paul, 55102 United States

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