Clay Art Center Presents NY, NY: CLAY

Siegel, Elise_Cobalt Portrait Bust, 2015, 27X13X9_Stern, Melissa_Half lifeSteven Montgomery

Images shown above: artwork by Jessica Stoller, Elise Siegel, Melissa Stern, Steven Montgomery

An invitational exhibition as part of Clay Art Center’s year-long focus IN OUR BACKYARD

February 15, 2016  Port Chester, NY:  Clay Art Center is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition NY, NY: CLAY, curated by author, curator and NYU professor, Judith Schwartz, PhD.  The exhibition, opening on  Sunday, April 3 from 4-6pm and running through May 25, 2016, will showcase an eclectic representation of young, mid-career and mature artists and can be viewed as a sampling of the work of those who live, work, and build their careers in this quintessential urban environment of New York City. 

NY, NY: CLAY is the second exhibition in a series of programs which comprise IN OUR BACKYARD, Clay Art Center’s year-long focus on the integral role clay has on art, architecture and design in New York.  Five exhibitions feature artists who are working in the New York metropolitan area, are using clay as their mode of expression, and are making an impact in the field of contemporary art.  IN OUR BACKYARD will also feature lectures, workshops, a symposium and a catalog encapsulating the year’s events.

Seventeen artists have been chosen to participate, including:  Claudia Alvarez, Ron Baron, Toby Buonagurio, Linda Casbon, Elisa D’Arrigo, Judy Fox, Kenjiro Kitade, Julia Kunin, Shida Kuo, Stephen Montgomery, Michele Oka Doner, Adams Puryear, Elise Siegel, Robert Silverman, Melissa Stern, Jessica Stoller and Derek Weisberg. 

About the exhibit, curator Judith Schwartz, PhD. states, “NY,NY: CLAY is  an eclectic representation of young mid-career and mature artists and can be viewed as a sampling of the work of those who live, work, and build their careers in this quintessential urban environment.  New York never had ceramic gurus to whom students flocked, nor did it boast a dominant way of working with clay – such as Bay Area figurative or Funk, Pacific Northwest functional, or Los Angeles slick. New York has had no single conformity, no established way of doing things. The mixture of culture, food, music, theater, dance, street life, museums, galleries, architecture, and energy, commingles to add to the revitalization and regeneration of the city’s dynamism and it is reflected in the cross cultural expression of the work on view. New York is money, power, people – and with that, fortunately, taste, culture, and in the ceramic arts, some of the most dynamic individual expressions in clay today.”

Judith S. Schwartz, Ph. D., serves on Clay Art Center’s Board of Directors and is a Professor at New York University, and Head of Sculpture: Craft Media Area, teaching studio courses in undergrad and graduate area sculpture and mixed media. She is a curator and author of national and international exhibitions and articles on contemporary ceramics, and author of Confrontational Ceramics, (A & C Black, London and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).  Elected North American representative to the Council of the International Academy of Ceramics, and now Vice President, Chair of two notable conferences held at NYU: “Case for Clay in Secondary Education” and “Criticism in Crafts Arts: Crossings, Alignments, and Territories”, as well as the Educational consultant to Lenox China Company; Board of Directors for the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Past President), Studio Potter Magazine, The Joseph Schein International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University (Advisory Committee), The Museum of Ceramic Art, New York, NY (Current Board President) ,  K12 Ceramic Art Foundation, The Clay Art Center, Port Chester New York, Board of Trustees, Arts Westchester and the University Council for Art Education (Past President). Juror and consultant to numerous national and international exhibitions – the Ceramic Biennial in Icheon, Korea, European Biennale, Bornholm, Denmark, and The Figure Competition at the Westerwald Museum in Germany. Curator of All Fired Up for the Westchester Arts Council which featured her exhibition, Confrontational Ceramics and most recently curator of InCiteful Clay which is currently touring the 2014-2017.  She is an honorary member of NCECA, a J. D. Rockefeller III grantee and received the Everson Museum’s award for excellence in art education, Fulbright Senior Specialist to the National School of Art and Design, Dublin, and educator of the year award Renwick Museum of Art, Washington, DC.

Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.   Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm or by appointment.  For more information or images, please contact Dominique Mason at [email protected] or 914-937-2047x 226