River 2 River

Iowa Ceramic Center & Glass Studio

Entry Deadline: Aug. 3

Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, The Cherry Building, Suite #117
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
PHONE 319-365-9644


River 2 River
Regional Juried Exhibition
Juried By Clary Illian and Mitchell Spain

September 6th – October 7th 2018
Closing Reception: October 6th 5:30pm-7:30pm

Deadline: August 3rd, 2018
Cost of Submission: $25 for two individual works.

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is pleased to host the fourth bi-annual Iowa Clay Conference. In conjunction with the conference, River 2 River will highlight the richness and diversity of ceramic art within Iowa and across the Midwest. Participation is open to all artists 18 years of age or older living in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material and must have been completed within the last 2 years.

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Mitchell Spain: Born and raised near Des Moines IA, Spain received his BFA in Ceramics in 2012 from the University of Iowa and his MFA at the University of Kansas in 2015. Today, he is an accomplished artist crafting high-quality ceramic works using trompe l’oeil technique that mimics these rustic findings.
Mitchell has exhibited in national and international exhibitions including the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics. His work and writing have been featured in national ceramics publications including Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics: TECHNICAL magazine. He currently lives south of Des Moines, Iowa where he is working as a full-time studio artist.

Clary Illian: An Iowa native, Illian apprenticed with Bernard Leach in 1964-65 upon receiving her BFA from the University of Iowa. She has made a living as a full-time utilitarian potter and currently resides in Ely, Iowa. She has taught a few semesters and workshops in art schools and craft teaching institutions across the United States and Canada. Clary is also well-known for her writing, authoring numerous articles for various ceramic publications, including Studio Potter. Her text, “A Potter’s Workbook” was published in 1999 and is used in classrooms around the world. After a long career making stoneware and porcelain pots, Ms. Illian recently switched to earthenware and sees her work becoming more light-hearted, but keeping the functional intention intact.

First Prize: $150 and a solo exhibition at the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio Main Gallery
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

The Coe College Sinclair Galleries is home to two contemporary spaces professionally designed to display art in any media. Sinclair Galleries will concurrently host both River 2 River and the Iowa Clay Conference Presenters Exhibition featuring Matt Kelleher. With their high ceilings and polished concrete floors, these galleries are educational venues that engage the Coe community with the breadth of visual culture on campus, nationally and internationally. Coe College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

ELIGIBILITY: The jurors will make final determinations selections. Floor and pedestal works must be self-supporting. Wall hanging works must be provided with hanging systems that are secure to install. Individual objects should weigh less than 60 lbs. and be of dimensions that can pass through a 36” x 80” entrance door. iCCGS staff reserves the right to exclude from exhibition works that arrive at the venue in poor condition.

Applications will be accepted online only at www.iowaceramicscenter.org/river2river2018

DEADLINE: August 3rd

EXCLUSIONS: We reserve the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions that include more than two works or more than two (2) media files per work. Additionally, we reserve the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions made with incorrect fees. We will not process refunds to those who submit incorrect fees.


Submission materials:  You may submit two individual pieces with two images per piece (total of no more than 4 images)
Images must be sized at 1800 px on the longest side at 300 dpi. (A 4X6 image would be sized at 1800×1200) and labelled Sub1A, Sub1B, Sub 2A, Sub 2B appropriately.
Artists must also submit an artist statement of approximately 200 words.

Ship to:  Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, The Cherry Building, Suite #117, Cedar Rapids IA, 52401

INSURANCE AND SALES:  Although the greatest care will be taken in handling of entries, the Center will not accept any responsibility for damage of work submitted which is improperly packed for handling. All accepted works must be insured for shipment. If any work is broken while on exhibit, the Center will reimburse the artist for 50% of the retail price (the full artist commission). No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition without permission from the director of the iCCGS.

PROMOTION Participating artists must agree to allow iCCGS staff and visitors to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. Images of accepted works will be retained by iCCGS for promotional purposes, posting on our website with artist credit and sharing with media related publications.

Application Open: July 12th
Online Submittal deadline: Aug 3rd
Acceptance notification: August 10th
Contracts due: August 27th
Shipped and hand delivered works to arrive: No later than August 27 th
Loan period: From arrival through October 20th
Exhibition dates: September 6th – October 7th
Iowa Clay Conference dates: October 6 & 7
Exhibition Reception: October 6th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Return of works: Shipped by October 20th

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