Carol Sauvion - Clay Submissions Juror
Jurying the Ink & Clay exhibition was a unique experience. Being able to view the entries in the gallery where the exhibition will be mounted allowed me to envision how the pieces would display together in the dimensions of the space. Seeing the images on a large screen magnified the objects and the process for me. Having Quinton Bemiller to ask question of was also a great help. As anyone who has judged an exhibition from slides will agree, the process can be difficult. This experience was positive.
The one comment I would make about the objects I reviewed was the wide disparity of quality. Some pieces were fully realized in terms of technique, concept and intention, others were less so. Many of the pieces seemed to have been made by self-taught or beginning practitioners. While the pieces chosen will certainly make a diverse and well-rounded exhibition, it would have been ideal to have had all the submissions at that level.
I look forward to visiting the exhibition to see how the “Ink” mixes with the “Clay” in the galleries.
Many thanks for this opportunity.
Michelle Deziel - Ink Submissions Juror
It was an honor to be the ink juror of the 38th Ink and Clay competition at the Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona. Selecting a juried show is one of the most thrilling and challenging tasks an art professional is asked to do-especially when the caliber of work is as high as it was for this competition. It is always exciting to see current works of art and the new and different directions being explored. I had the pleasure of examining over three-hundred works on paper by artists of all ages and stages in their careers across the Western United States. I was impressed and delighted by the breadth and quality of the submissions. It was not easy to make the selections for this show. I looked for images that have the power to engage aesthetically and technically. Whether a drawing or a print, I chose artworks that demonstrate technical mastery, originality and innovation. The final group of works offers a refreshing range of inventiveness and creativity.
I would like to thank the Kellogg University Art Gallery’s new director Quinton Bemiller for the opportunity to jury this noteworthy competition. I would also like to applaud and encourage all of the contestants who submitted work for Ink and Clay.