ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED — Firing Imagination: Contemporary Ceramics & Glass

The Carnegie Arts Center is currently calling for entries from artists who work in any ceramic or glass media. The entry deadline is extended to THURSDAY, 2/27 – don’t delay!

Susannah Israel, Rosebud, ceramic

Firing Imagination is a juried exhibition that will highlight the demanding technical aspects and wide variety of creative exploration possible in these challenging media. Entries will be accepted from throughout the Western United States. The show will be juried by artists Susannah Israel and Otto Rigan.  More than 50 works may be included in the exhibition and should represent the very best being created today.  On view April 8 – May 24, 2020.

Artists from throughout the Western U.S. are invited to submit work using any glass or ceramic technique, including mixed media where ceramic or glass elements are included.  

Complete rules for entering can be found on the Carnegie’s website at www.CarnegieArtsTurlock.org.  Entries will be accepted online through the Carnegie website via SmarterEntry.com. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Artists will be notified on March 9 about acceptance. If accepted, works must be received at the Carnegie by March 29 (shipped or hand-delivered).

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20 for the first entry, $15 for each additional entry for non-member artists; $15 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry for members of the Carnegie Arts Center.


Best of Show $800          

Two Awards of Excellence $400 each                       

Two Awards of Merit $200 each

JURORS: Susannah Israel & Otto Rigan

Born in New York, Susannah Israel has a gritty yet passionate view of humanity, drawn from city life. Humor and struggle are always part of the message. Her expressive work is widely exhibited, appearing in catalogs and collections around the world. Career distinctions include residencies at Archie Bray, Doegler Center, Jentel Foundation, and Mendocino Art Center; honors include the prestigious Fletcher Challenge Premier Award and Virginia Groot Foundation Award. Israel holds an MFA in Ceramics from SF State. She has written about contemporary clay artists, given many workshops, and worked in factory sites in California and Kansas sculpting industrial clay pipe. At home in Oakland, she works in her studio and teaches college courses in art. https://www.susannahisrael.com

Otto Rigan, Monolith, glass & stone

Otto Rigan attended Oakland’s California College of the Arts when he was just 14 to study academic drawing. He began his studies in Fine and Studio Arts at California State University, Stanislaus and transferred to CCAC during his sophomore year. At 19, he was awarded his first large scale commission. He completed his studies at la Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. He, then, travelled to London work backstage for Majesty’s Theatre. When he returned to the West Coast, he apprenticed with a stained glass master craftsman in San Rafael. His stone and glass sculptures contribute to varied spaces, like San Mateo Shoreline Park, Spaceport, Mesa Community College, and Maui Residence Inn. Rigan has also photographed and published four books: New Glass, From the Earth Up, The Palace Doors of Abu Dhabi, and Photographing Glass. He is currently artist in residence at UC Merced. https://ottoriganstudio.com

DATES OF EXHIBITION April 8 – May 24, 2020

HOURS AND ADMISSION The Carnegie is located at 250 N. Broadway in Downtown Turlock, CA. The Gallery is open to the public Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 – 4 p.m. General admission to the Gallery is $7; Senior/Student admission is $5; free for Carnegie members and children 12 and under.

About the Carnegie Arts Center – Turlock

Turlock’s historic Carnegie Library opened in 1916, but has been used as an arts center since 1979. In 2005 a devastating fire destroyed everything but its exterior walls. The City of Turlock and the Carnegie Arts Center Foundation entered into a partnership to rebuild and expand the facility which re-opened to the public in 2011. The scorched walls of the original building can be seen from the lobby of the new addition, where they stand as a symbol of community resolve.

As one of only a handful of professional arts centers in California’s Central Valley, the Carnegie is more than regional in its perspective, promoting the work of local artists as well as bringing in diverse creative views from throughout the state, nation and world. Exhibitions have included Ansel Adams, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Alphonse Mucha, and José Guadalupe Posada, as well as regional artists of distinction. With a mission to be the community’s resource for learning and discovering through the arts, programs also include classes and activities in artistic genres as diverse as dance, music, poetry, theater and more.

The Carnegie Arts Center Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Website: carnegieartsturlock.org

Facebook: Carnegie Arts Center of Turlock ; Instagram: @carnegiearts;

Twitter: @carnegieturlock

CONTACTS: Lisa McDermott, Director, (209) 632-5761, x101 or  admin@carnegieartsturlock.org

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