In 2017, Clay Art Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary by hosting RE/CLAY, a year-long program that examines the past, present and future of ceramics, giving specific attention to chronicling the development of the Center. Programming throughout the year will include exhibitions, classes and events that ask how artistic growth can be measured over time, and how clay has impacted the Center’s community from decade to decade.
January will start the program off with a strong array of events: a community exhibit, Rising Stars, will display the work of some of the 400 students who took classes at the Center in the past year (Jan. 8-21); a lecture by independent curator Jeannine Falino will discuss how contemporary ceramics has advanced the direction of American craft (Jan. 21); three previous Artist-in-Residence alumni will return for a three-day workshop (Jan. 14-16); and an exhibition, Rewind: 60 Years at CAC, will present a narrative of the Center from 1957 to the present, as arranged by its founding director, Reena Kashap. The multimedia project will include first-hand accounts in the form of recorded oral histories and the work of 60 artists (Jan. 29-Mar. 25). For more info, visit: clayartcenter.org.
A version of this article first appeared in the December 2016 / January 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.
Image above: Artwork by Nicholas Bernard, on view in Clay Art Center’s “Rewind” exhibition.