It’s Only Clay

The Watermark Art Center and the Bemidji State University Department of Technology Art and Design,  present the annual It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition.

In 2014, we will be hosting our 12th Annual IOC event featuring Karin Kraemer as the 2014 Juror.   We are accepting applications now 2014 IOC Application.  Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes equaling $1,600.00.  Purchase awards will be made for BSU Margaret Harlow Collection.  $30 for 3 entries.  Postmark deadline September 12th, 2014.  Please read the 2014 Prospectus for more guidelines on submitting for jury.

This annual event is a collaboration sponsored by the Watemark and Bemidji State University.  IOC features a lecture and workshop on the campus of Bemidji State University by artist a guest artist and a juried exhibition of functional ceramics by the Watermark Art Center on display in November and December of each year. Previous jurors include Andrea Leila Denecke, Guillermo Cuellar, Simon Levin, Richard Bresnahan, Linda Christianson, Jeff Oestreich, Robert Briscoe, Bill Gossman and Bob and Cheryl Husby.

Juried Exhibit at the Watermark Art Center – The “Its Only Clay” exhibit is a juried competition focusing on, and dedicated to, functional clay vessels. Selected works will be a part of the exhibit at the Watermark  for 6 weeks during the months of  November  and December.

Awards and Prizes – Prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners equaling $1,600.00 and additional purchase awards for work going towards the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection at BSU.

It’s Only Clay Workshops and Presentations  – Each year the Art Center and BSU host a series of artist presentations and instructional demonstrations in the field of ceramics featuring the visiting artist and juror.  Additional hands on opportunities may also be available with area ceramic artists.

Sponsors of Its Only Clay – the BSU Department of Technology, Art and Design and the BSU Foundation.

Funding –  It’s Only Clay is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council and by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.