The American Museum of Ceramic Art is pleased to announce a call for entries for Fahrenheit 2018. The selected works will be exhibited at the AMOCA from March 10 – July 22, 2018
Juror: Patti Warashina
Patti Warashina was born in Spokane, Washington in l940. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington in l964. While in college she studied with sculptors Robert Sperry, Harold Myers, Rudy Autio, Shoji and Shinsaku Hamada, and Ruth Penington. Early influences in Warashina’s art include California Funk, Surrealism, and experimental West Coast ceramic sculpture from the 50’s and 60’s. Her work is best known for satire, humor, and dream state figures, expressed through low fire polychrome ceramic material.
Warashina has received several awards for achievement including the Twining Humber Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 granted by Seattle’s Artist Trust, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences in 2003. She received the Governor’s Award of Special Commendation for the Arts in l980, in addition to grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both l975, and l986. In l978, Warashina was awarded through the World Craft Council Travel Grant, the Japan/U.S. Friendship Committee, and Ford Foundation to participate at the World Craft Conference in Kyoto, Japan, with travels in SE Asia.
Her work is featured in museum collections around the world, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York City, the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, Ichon World Ceramic Center in South Korea, Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Ceramic Art in California.
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$35 USD for up to 3 works.
– The exhibition is open to ceramic artists 18 years of age or older.
– Artists may submit up to 3 works for consideration, and up to 2 images of each piece (one complete photo plus one detail or alternate angle).
– Artwork may be available for sale. Artists will receive 50% of the retail price on any sales.
– The artwork exhibited must be the same piece(s) submitted for consideration.
– Submitted artwork must not exceed 36” in any direction.
– The artwork entered should be prepared for exhibition and the artist must provide any necessary mounting fixtures. Pedestals will be provided.
– Artists are responsible for cost of shipping and insurance of selected work(s) to AMOCA.
– AMOCA will pay for return shipping and insurance for the return of any unsold work.
By applying to Fahrenheit, applicants agree to the following schedule if selected to exhibit:
– Applications due September 30, 2017.
– Entrants notified of jury results by email no later than October 31, 2017.
– Work to be received at AMOCA no later than February 1, 2018.
– Exhibition Dates: March 10 – July 22, 2018
– Artwork will be shipped back no later than September 30, 2018.
The American Museum of Ceramic Art is proud to announce its inaugural
AMOCA Ceramics Annual. The theme for 2016 is biomorphism and will
highlight current trends of biomorphic exploration in the field of
ceramics. Biomorphic work investigating form and surface reminiscent of
plants, animals, and living organisms will be exhibited. Both sculptural
and functional works will be considered and clay must be the primary
The selected works will be exhibited in The Studio Artists’ Gallery at the AMOCA Ceramics Studio in October/ November 2016.
The American Museum of Ceramic Art is pleased to offer two paid
summer internships sponsored by the Getty Foundation as part of its
Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Founded in 2004 and
located in the Pomona Arts Colony, AMOCA is the only ceramics museum on
the West Coast. AMOCA’s mission is to educate by presenting,
collecting, and preserving significant ceramic achievements, and by
offering hands-on ceramic studio experiences.
The Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internships will run for ten
consecutive weeks and pay a total stipend of $3,500.00 (before tax)
distributed twice a month.
According to the Getty guidelines, these internships are
“intended for members of groups underrepresented in the professions
related to museums and the visual arts, particularly individuals of
African American, Asian, Latino-Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific
Applicants must reside or attend college in Los Angeles County.
Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have
completed at least one semester of college by June 2013, and those who
will complete their degree by September 1, 2013 are also eligible to
apply; (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not
Be available for ten consecutive weeks of full-time work (40 hrs/wk) between the dates of June 3rd and August 23rd, 2013.
Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
Application Deadline: April 28th, 2013
How to Apply:
Please send the following by email to email@example.com with the
subject line “Getty Internship: [curatorial or educational as
applies]”. You may also submit by mail by sending your application to
AMOCA, 399 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767.
A cover letter describing the academic and/or work experience,
skills, and personal attributes that qualify you for the internship
A current resume or CV
A short writing sample (essay, term paper, article, etc.)
Two letters of recommendation
Getty Curatorial Internship Job Description
The curatorial internship with the American Museum of Ceramic Art,
Pomona, CA, is designed to give an overview of the skills and
responsibilities required to organize, install, and present an art
exhibition for a professional museum setting.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of AMOCA’s Associate Curator, the intern will
be directly involved in all aspects of mounting, maintaining, and
dismantling an exhibition.
Exhibition Record Keeping: Maintaining master calendar,
exhibition notebook, marketing materials, publishing, incoming loans,
contracts, exhibition related events, and presentations.
Research and Documentation: preparation of artist biographies,
images, audio-visual, and writing of interpretive exhibition didactics.
Exhibition Design and Installation: development and floor plan
design using up-to-date design programs such as Sketch-up, learn proper
AAM art handling methods, art placement, knowledge of exhibition
furniture and current installation methods and standards.
As an assignment designed to give the intern a start-to-finish
responsibility and a feeling of accomplishment, the intern will take
charge of data input, printing and mounting wall text and labels.
Routine tasks will involve hosting the Information Desk, handling
sales and invoices for the Museum Store, recording and acknowledging
memberships, entering database information, coordinating mailings, and
generating routine correspondence.
Understanding museum collection policies will include an
orientation on object accession, numbering and tagging items,
photography, and condition reports – all information that is entered
into the museum’s database. Attendance at one board meeting will be
arranged so as to understand the museum’s infrastructure and strategies.
To gain a sense of AMOCA’s role in the community, the intern will have
an opportunity to visit some of the approximately twenty Pomona Art
Colony venues, and others in the surrounding area. Other miscellaneous
topics will include familiarization with museum terminology, how to
properly present oneself in a museum setting, and how to interface with
other institutions for the purpose of networking
Getty Education Internship Job Description
The Education Internship with the American Museum of Ceramic Art,
Pomona, CA, is designed to provide an overview of the skills and
responsibilities required to develop educational programs and
activities to enhance visitor enjoyment and understanding. The intern
will assist in developing resources for public schools, colleges and
other visitors, making use of wall text, brochures, interactive
experiences, lectures, tours, and hands-on workshops. In order to
ensure that the educational programs are on par with current educational
standards, the intern will be introduced to the California State
Department of Education’s Content Standards.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of AMOCA’s Education Manager, the intern will
be directly involved in all aspects of researching, documenting, and
preparing age-appropriate educational material.
Participate in the development and assessment of school tour
curricula including docent training, outreach workshops, and summer
Undertake the development of art kits that not only elucidate
past and current exhibitions, but also enhance current public school
learning requirements such as world cultures, arithmetic, reading and
Contact schools, colleges, teachers, and community groups to
promote tours activities, and speaking engagements. Follow-up with
mailings and personal contact to schedule visits to the exhibition.
Execute summer workshops for community groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona and more.
Plan educational public events for adults and children through a
range of mediums that include lectures, workshops story-telling,
hands-on activities, games, quizzes, etc.
Attend conferences and field trips as appropriate.
Understanding museum education policies will include a general
orientation on developing a learning and education strategy that meets
the aims of our museum. Attendance at one board meeting will be
arranged so as to understand the museum’s infrastructure and
strategies. To gain a sense of AMOCA’s role in the community, the intern
will have an opportunity to visit some of the approximately twenty
Pomona Art Colony venues, and others in the surrounding area. Other
miscellaneous topics will include familiarization with museum
terminology, how to properly present oneself in a museum setting, and
how to interface with similar institutions for the purpose of
Routine tasks will involve hosting the Information Desk, handling
sales and invoices for the museum gift shop, recording and
acknowledging memberships, entering database information, coordinating
mailings, and generating routine correspondence.
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 10am – 4pm $85 ($65 for AMOCA members)
Gerit Grimm Bio
Gerit Grimm was born, and grew up in Halle, German Democratic
Republic. In 1995, she finished her apprenticeship, learning the
traditional German trade as a potter at the “Altbürgeler blau-weiss
GmbH” in Bürgel, Germany and worked as a Journeyman for Joachim Jung in
Glashagen, Germany. She earned an Art and Design Diploma in 2001
studying ceramics at Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany. In 2002, she
was awarded with the German DAAD Government Grant for the University of
Michigan School of Art and Design, where she graduated with an MA in
2002. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics
at Alfred University in 2004. She has taught at CSULB, Pitzer College,
Doane College and MSU Bozeman and has worked at major residencies like
Mc Coll Center, Bemis Center, Kohler Arts & Industry Program and
Archie Bray Foundation. In 2009 NET Television created “Fantasia in
Clay” a Nebraska Story about artist Gerit Grimm. Grimm now lives and
works in Los Angeles, California. www.geritgrimm.com
The central idea for my newest artwork is to transgress the
boundaries of folk art and fine art by means of the following method:
appropriate historically significant folk art and theatrical
genres—such as the characters from the commedia dell’arte; and
interpret them through visual idioms of contemporary sculpture. My work
appropriates historical narrative subjects deriving from fables, myths
and interprets them in forms that have visual and conceptual affinities
with contemporary fine art—affinities that allow me to further explore
and question the boundaries between pop art, kitsch and high art. This
new direction of my work would be a hybrid between ceramics and these
traditions within contemporary sculpture. By risking technical failure
in the process of creating the forms, I am able to attain a complexity,
dynamism, and litheness of form. The technical risks are a corollary
to another type of risk—one that reinterprets a folk figurine tradition
and pushes it to its limits. My reinterpretation of this tradition
combines both narrative and form—synthesizing pots with fairytales in a
way that tests the boundaries of each. The result is often an uncanny
union—one that evokes all manner of stories about dolls, puppets and
statues coming to life. It is a union at once wonderful, elegant and
fanciful but also at times uncomfortable and awkward.
To illustrate the manner in which I work, I will describe my recent
exhibitions in New York City and Los Angeles, in which I reinterpreted
folk traditions as well as a series of autobiographical recollections
of my childhood in the German Democratic Republic. In Gerit Grimm:
Beyond the Figurine, Contemporary Inspirations from the Museum’s
Collection at the Long Beach Museum of Art, each piece formed one part
in a whole scene—an imaginary European market square, set in the
Baroque era, as if the sculptures were magically conveyed from the Old
World into the New. This series of artworks was inspired by the history
of Baroque art and ceramics, especially Staffordshire figurines and
French ceramics from the 17th and 18th centuries. The increase in scale
highlight the sculptural forms of my ceramic figures. To date, I have
been quite successful in building life-size and larger-than-life
ceramic with some exceptions. I use reduction kiln-firing techniques to
produce a highly austere (a subtle metallic sheen or bronze- looking)
surface, which leads to the stone-like appearance of my work. This
surface reinforces its sculptural qualities and conveys an appearance of
moments frozen in stone and in time.
10am – Introduction, Lecture & Discussion
11am – Demonstration
12pm – Lunch Break
1pm – Demonstration
4pm – Wrap up & closing remarks
List of materials and tools to bring:
Since this is a demonstration workshop, you’ll not really need
anything. If you want to take notes, bring supplies for that. If you
want to take photos, bring supplies for that. We will have
chairs/benches and standing room, however because of the popularity of
these workshops, you might be more comfortable if you bring your own
‘camp chair’ to sit in.
“This modish and very chic exhibition places the work of world-famous
designer, Eva Zeisel (born in 1906), side by side with contemporary
ceramic designers such as David Pier, Heather Mae Erickson, Peter
Saenger, Shawn Spangler, Hiroe Hanazono, Mia Mulvey, Karen Swyler, Marek
Cecula, Klein Reid and many others who favor a minimalist aesthetic,
producing clean, simplistic forms, organic curves and orderly
compositions that reference nature by design.”
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