Ink & Clay #40 Exhibition at the Kellogg University Art Gallery

I have just been notified that I am to have two pieces represented at the Kellogg University Art Gallery “Ink and Clay 40” Annual exhibition Opening September 13, in Pamona. Left: “I Am The Egg! Lady #1; and Right: Energy Impact Crater #3. Both are 30×22 and mixed media. Thank you Kellogg University Art Gallery  Ink & Clay 40, September 13 to October 23, 2014  Jurors are Jeannie Denholm, Phyllis Green and Dave Lefner

The following info has been copied from the Kellogg University Art Gallery website.
“Ink and Clay is the Kellogg University Art Gallery’s annual competitive exhibition of ceramics, prints and drawings. 2014 marks the 40th year for this unique exhibition, made possible through the generosity of Mr. Bruce M. Jewett, the endowment of Col. James “Jim” H. Jones, and the Office of the University President, Michael Ortiz.

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Ink & Clay 40 will be from September 13 through October 25, 2014. For the second time, this juried exhibition will be a national competition, open to artists throughout the United States.

The official Ink & Clay 40 website will be online in mid-September–there you can find a full list of exhibitors and awards, a gallery tour, and more. Go to for this information.”

About the Jurors
Phyllis Green, Dave Lefner and Jeannie Denholm

Phyllis Green
First, I look for a sense of uniqueness or originality – I have looked at so much artwork, by both professionals and students, in my years as an artist, and a teacher. What grabs me most is seeing something I have never seen before, or something that provides a fresh perspective to a familiar form or theme. Second, I seek a sense of technical competence – to me, “craft” equals control. I look for a reasonable amount of proficiency by the artist with materials and technique, enough to convince me of the artists intention. This criterion is hardest to access when looking at images of artwork, but easier when viewing the actual artwork in person.

Dave Lefner
I believe most TRULY great art comes out of hard work and process, even if the end result may look simple… especially in ink & clay. Therefore, for my first and most important criteria, I look for technical skill and how it is applied within the piece. I think of how the factor of time and energy may have helped the full development of the work of art. However, conversely, I also trust in my second criteria, which is the initial response to a piece that just works somehow; whether it be compositionally, use of colors, concept, etc. Part of this feeling may be from decades of study, or intuition.

Jeannie Denholm
My criteria when looking at artwork is first to look for art that is the most innovative, least common, fresh, and most unique. Next, I seek out how well the technical skill is exemplified – how quality is revealed in terms of materials and execution. Pushing the media in new directions, outside of the norm. Last, but not least, the deeply personal interests me.

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