The Bemidji Community Art Center and the Bemidji State University Visual Arts Dept announce the 6th annual, It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition.

It’s Only Clay 2008

This annual National juried ceramics competition and exhibition is a collaboration sponsored by the BCAC and Bemidji State University. IOC features a lecture and workshop on the campus of Bemidji State University by artist and potter Linda Christianson and a juried exhibition of functional ceramics by the Bemidji Community Art Center on exhibit in Nov. and Dec. 2008. Previous jurors include Jeff Oestreich, Robert Briscoe, Bill Gossman and Bob and Cheryl Husby.

It’s Only Clay 2008 Juror, Linda Christianson.
artist statement

“The pots we use in our home are like stage sets. At rest on a table,
dish drainer, or in a cupboard, they are visually engaging. Through use
they provide access to other activities : gathering food from the
garden, cooking, conversation, dining, arrangement of flowers, sorting
of papers. This daily relationship with the pots offers up both utility
and continual visual inquiry. Like a stage set, the pot has an ability
to disappear and then reappear.”

Linda Christianson

List of Artist’s Accepted for IOC 2008. The BCAC would like to thank all the artists for their time and effort and interest in our It’s Only Clay National Juried Competition and Exhibition. We received over 160 images from 55 artists around the US. Listed below are the artists whose work was selected by Linda Christianson for the 2008 It’s Only Clay Exhibition. We would also like to thank Linda for her work as our Juror.

artist – city, state
Hadi Abbas – Orlando, FL
Marion Angelica – Minneapolis, MN
Jonathan Barnes – St. Petersburg, Fl
Bradley Benn – Edina, MN
Kalika Bowlby – Kansas City, MO
Nathen Bray – Chishlom, MN
Bob Bruch – Cleveland, OH
Jeff Burger – Bemidji, MN
Ken Chin-Purcell – St. Paul, MN
Clay Cunningham – Council Bluffs, IA
Lisa Dolezal – Cannon Falls, MN
Jimmy Eddings – Atchinson, KS
Dgnait Moreno – St.Louis, MO
Delores Fortuna – Galena, MN
Robin Foster -Red Lake Falls, MN
Kevin Foy – Dekalb, IL
Ann Fremgen – Golden, CO
Jeffrey Goard – Bishop Hill, IL
Adam Helenske – Fargo, ND
Fred Herbst – Painted Post, NY
Butch Holden – Bemidji, MN
Peter Jadoonath – St. Paul, MN
Jamie Lea Johnson – Austin, TX
Janice Kostelny – Hoffman Estates, IL
Jena Levandowski – Dassel, MN
Nanette Loeff – Evanston, IL
Robert Long – Starksville, MS
Ted Neal – Muncie, IN
Scott Lykens  -Monticello, AR
Ben Maier – Traverse City, MI
Eileen McDaniel – Wavtoma, WI
Jon McMillan – Edwardsville, IL
KyoungHwa Oh – Chester Springs, PA
Georgette Ohr – Champaign, IL
Kip O’Krongly – Minneapolis, MN
Wenfen Pan – Okemos, MI
Marcia Paul – Deephaven, MN
John Serrano – Mesquite, TX
Luke Sheets -Ada, OH
Kelli Sinner – Moorehead, MN
Warren Smith – Northhampton, MA
John Spiteri – Lisle, IL
Sarah Tancred – Bowling Green,OH
Anna Velkoff Freeman – Norfolk, VA
David Wallace Fargo, ND

Juried Exhibit at the Bemidji Community Art Center
The “Its Only Clay” 2008 exhibit is a juried competition focusing on, and dedicated to, functional clay vessels. Selected works will be a part of the exhibit at the BCAC from November 7th to December 20th. 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.

* Guidelines for submissions are outlined in the It’s Only Clay 2008 brochure.
* Deadline for submissions: all entries must be postmarked September, 5th 2008
* Exhibition Dates: November 7th through December 20th.
* Opening Reception and Awards: November 7th 5 to 7 pm


In 2008 there will be prize money for 1st place$800.00, 2nd place $500.00 and 3rd place $300 plus additional purchase awards will be made with work going towards the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection at BSU .

Submission deadline is September 5th, 2008 (postmarked).

Application fee $30.00 for 3 entries.

Lecture and Workshop
It’s Only Clay 2008 Workshop begins with an evening lecture “Linda Christianson – Working Potter”, Tuesday Oct 7th, 2008 at 7pm. on the campus of Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE, in the Education Art Building Rm. #115. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Form = Function” is a two day workshop will focus on the process of throwing and altering parts to create complex forms. Christianson will demonstrate throwing on a treadle wheel in the am and assemble in the afternoon. Attendees will have full access to encourage discussion and a free and informal exchange of ideas. Hands on practice time for workshop participants will follow the conclusion of each workshop day. Workshop dates are Oct 8th and 9th from 10 am to 4pm in the Visual Arts Department ceramic studio, Rm #105 on the campus of BSU.

Workshop fee $40. Space is limited. Deadline for applying: Sept 19th 2008 (Post marked).

University Housing available upon request – contact Rosemary Yavarow, (218)755-3735.
Send application and money to:
Visual Arts Department – IOC Workshop
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr., NE Box 36
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699

Sponsors of Its Only Clay – 2008 include the BCAC, the BSU Visual Arts Department, the BSU Ceramics Club and the BSU Foundation. Its Only Clay 2008 is also made possible, in part, by funding from the Region 2 Arts Council and the Minnesota State Legislature.