The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to announce the Southern Miss Ceramics National, a juried exhibition of ceramic sculpture and sculptural vessel forms created by artists from across the United States.  
AWARDS:………………………..First Prize: $500…..Second Prize: $300…..Third Prize: $200

ENTRY FEE:…………………….$35 for up to three entries (two images per entry)
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY:……June 4, 2016
ELIGIBILITY:  The Southern Miss Ceramics National is
open to all US residents 18 years of age or older.  Entries must have
been completed within 3 years of the entry deadline.  Ceramic
sculptures, sculptural installations, and sculptural vessel forms are
eligible.  Mixed media works are eligible only if ceramic/clay is the
primary medium.  Individual components of ceiling suspended or wall
mounted works should not exceed 20 pounds.  Freestanding and pedestal
displayed works must be stable.  Installation of large-scale works, or
works requiring specialized installation or assembly, may be required by
the artist.  Size (including crating) is limited to works that will fit
through a standard door, 32 x 80 inches. All entries must be original
works and available for the duration of the exhibit.  Accepted works
cannot be substituted.
JUROR:  BRIAN HARPER – Brian
Harper is an Associate Professor of Fine Art and Ceramics Area
Coordinator at Indiana University Southeast.  He received a BFA from
Northern Arizona University, and an MFA from the University of Iowa.
 His artwork investigates our inherent human wonderment of the unknown
and the methods, mythological or otherwise, for how we give structure to
unknown elements of our observed, unobserved, and unobservable world.
 His work has been exhibited in over 80 national and international
exhibitions, including 7 solo exhibitions.
In addition to his studio practice, Brian is Founder and Executive Director of Artaxis.org,
a growing online network of over 350 contemporary artists.  Widely used
as a resource by the general public, academia, and professional
artists, Artaxis.org provides the opportunity to view a wide array of
work relevant to the critical discourse in contemporary ceramic art.
 More information about his work can be found on his website at www.brianharperstudio.com.
INVITED ARTIST:  KENNETH BASKIN – Kenneth
Baskin is an Associate Professor of Ceramics at McNeese State
University in Lake Charles, LA.  He earned a BFA from the College of
Creative Studies in Detroit, and an MFA from the University of South
Carolina.  Baskin has presented workshops and lectures, and exhibited
his ceramic sculptures nationally and internationally.  Some honors
include the 2007 NCECA Emerging Artist Award, a solo exhibition of his
work at the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan,
participation as a visiting artist, workshop instructor and lecturer at
the Tainan National University of the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan, and at the
National Taiwan University of the Arts in Taipei.  Baskin’s work has
been included in numerous books and journals.  More information about
his work can be found at kennethbaskinsculpture.com.
CALENDAR:
Entry Deadline:……………………………………….June 4, 2016
Notification of Acceptance:………………………after July 9, 2016
Receipt of Works:……………………………………August 22 – September 9, 2016
Installation of exhibit:……………………………..September 15-30, 2016
Show Opens:………………………………………….October 4
Invited Artist Demonstration:……………………October 10 (time TBA)
Juror’s Lecture:………………………………………October 11, 6 p.m.
Awards and Gallery Reception:………………….October 11, 7 p.m.
Return Shipping or Pick-up of Works:…………November 7-11, 2016
SHIPPING AND DELIVERY:  Artists
are responsible for all shipping and delivery costs.  Works should
arrive no later than September 9, 2016. Detailed shipping instructions
will be sent to all participants.
INSURANCE:  The
University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art will provide insurance
coverage for all artwork while on the USM campus and gallery premises.
 Insurance for artworks while in transit to and from USM is the
responsibility of the artist.  USM is not liable for any damage or loss
occurring during transit.
SALES:  Works can be available for purchase or listed as NFS (Not for Sale). Commission will not be taken on any sales.
GUIDELINES FOR ENTRY:  Entries will be accepted online.  ENTRY LINK COMING SOON!
Artists
may submit up to three entries. All entries will require the
following:  name, title, medium (type of clay and firing method), 1-2
digital images of each work submitted (72 dpi, no more than 5 MB for
each image and no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side), size
(inches) H x W x D, approximate weight of each piece, insurance value
and retail price, a brief artist statement of 300 words or less about
work submitted.
USE OF IMAGEREY:  The University
of Southern Mississippi reserves the right to use images of selected
artwork for marketing and publicity purposes without compensation.
 High-resolution images will be requested for all accepted entries.
MORE INFORMATION:  For more info, please contact museum director, Mark Rigsby, mark.rigsby@usm.edu, (601) 266-5200.
The
University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art was established in
1997 by the Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning Board of Trustees
as an expansion of the C.W. Wood Gallery founded in 1977.  Recently
completed in 2014, the Gallery of Art and Design, a 2000 sq.ft.
contemporary art gallery, is now the primary exhibition space for all
USM Museum of Art and Department of Art and Design exhibitions and
events.
ENTRY LINK:  COMING SOON!

http://www.usm.edu/visual-arts/southern-miss-ceramics-national