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Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, Announce the First Annual Clemson Ceramics National Juried Exhibit – Deadline – Aug, 17, 2012

June 14, 2012

The Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, announce the first annual Clemson Ceramics National Juried Exhibit, which will take place Oct. 3 through Nov. 7, 2012, with the theme “Containment”.

We are pleased to present the first Clemson Ceramics National, a biannual juried exhibition, which will rotate thematically. Our inaugural exhibition asks artists to explore “containment” through the lens of functional ceramics. “Containment” may be used literally or conceptually in the works, according to the artist’s individual interpretation. The goal of this year’s Clemson Ceramics National is to showcase a diverse collection of ceramic tableware and functional objects, and bring a broad range of contemporary voices from across the country to the Upstate.

This year’s juror will be Frank Martin. Martin earned his M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Martin is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee’s School of Art. He is a recent recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship through a Tennessee Arts Commission Award. Frank’s work has been exhibited in: The State of the Art 2008: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational at Parkland Art Gallery Champaign, IL, The Art of Tennessee at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. His works are in the collections of the Charles A. Wusum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine Wisconsin and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, New York. His work is in 500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form, 500 Platters & Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function and Style, Lark Books, Electric Kiln Ceramics: A Guide to Clay and Glazes, The Ceramic Design Book, and Make it in Clay.

All US artists at least 18 years old may submit original functional ceramic work created within the past two years.

Entry must be postmarked on or before Friday, August 17, 2012.

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Furman University in Greenville, SC, Offers Works by Diana Farfán

February 9, 2012

Furman University in Greenville, SC, is presenting the exhibit, The Toy Republic, featuring sculptures by Diana Farfán, dealing with the impact of social and class stratification in ceramic forms, on view in the University’s Roe Art Building, Thompson Gallery, through Feb. 17, 2012.

Through the use of primarily ceramics along with mixed mediums, Farfán’s surrealistic forms show the plight of people as they are impacted by societal and class hierarchies.

Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Farfán received her BFA at the National University of Colombia and her MFA in ceramics at the University of South Carolina. Her two- and three-dimensional works have been shown and awarded in a number of exhibitions in places including Colombia, SC, the US, and Taiwan. Farfán lives and works in Greenville.

Farfán offered the following artist’s statement: “In addition to my passion for clay, there are also some major themes that I have sought to communicate with my art. These are: our human condition (how we cope with the overwhelming environment of dysfunctional societies); the human body itself (how our physiology is a projection of our inner state); and the efficient or inefficient way we connect with others and with ourselves (how we reveal our feelings, hopes, loves, and fears).”

“My pieces are a bridge that helps me to understand my need to communicate, with figurative ceramics, the metaphoric manipulation of the human being. My intent with this work is to cause viewers to consider the reality of our emotional defenses and how they change us, making us something other than purely human.”

“With my toys, I incorporate both classical and contemporary elements to represent the human body. Their disproportional bodies are intended to raise questions about the ambiguous identity of modern life, social ambivalence, distorted reality, and the effects of mass media on our interpersonal relationships and minds.”

“Their heads, torsos and limbs are articulated at the joints with exaggerated industrial artifacts (screws, nuts, bolts, hooks, lenses, etc.) that invoke the complexity of our mundane lives and their adaptations to a world more mechanical, industrial, and materialistic. My marionettes, puppets and dolls remind us of subjugation, which deprives us of self-determination.”

“I attempt to develop my own manner and technique of representation through a figurative, symbolic and surrealist style. My work has been based on the purpose of communicating my point of view through the essential components of form and content. The central focus of this journey has been ceramics, and it has now become intertwined with my day-to-day life observations.”

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