Scripps College 74th Ceramic Annual Opens January 20, 2018

photo credit: Kyungmin Park

Different and uncomfortable, beautiful and compelling, the 74th Scripps College Ceramic Annual exhibition makes room for a wide variety of perspectives expressed in clay. It celebrates artists from many backgrounds whose work addresses their social and cultural experiences. The opening reception, with live music and light refreshments, will take place from 7 to 9 pm at the Williamson Gallery on January 20, 2018. The event is free and open to the public. The Annual runs through Apr. 8, 2018.

Patsy Cox, professor of Visual Art, California State University, Northridge, is the show’s guest curator. She had a particular interest in featuring multiple perspectives in this Annual. “As an artist and educator from a multicultural background,” she explained, “I am personally interested in exploring the manner in which cultures affect, impact, and assimilate into one’s art. For this Ceramic Annual, I have selected artists who make work that speaks directly about their identity, roots, home and sense of belonging as well. These sentiments are expressed visually and physically in their work through the artists’ use of color, form, and content.”

Participating artists include Jennifer Datchuck, Christina Erives, Steven Young Lee, Roberto Lugo, Kyungmin Park, Zemer Peled, and Roxanne Swentzell. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by Namita Gupta Wiggers, American crafts curator and writer.

The Scripps College Ceramic Annual is the longest continuous exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States. For more information on the exhibition, please visit or call (909) 607-4690. The gallery is open from 12 to 5 pm, Wed. through Sun. during exhibitions. Admission is free.

Sincere thanks go to the supporters of the Ceramic Annual, principally the Pasadena Art Alliance. Special thanks also go to private donors who supported the catalog, including Julianne and David Armstrong, Francine Tolkin Cooper, Kirk and Dana Delman, David Furman, Igal and Diane Silber, and Skutt Ceramic Products, Inc. At Scripps, thanks go to the Lincoln Ceramic Annual Fund, Lincoln Ceramic Study Center Fund, and the Paul Soldner Endowment.


Image: Kyungmin Park, Belly Canvas, 2016, porcelain, underglaze, glaze, milkpaint, wax, 21 x 12 x 12 in.,