Scripps College Ceramic Annual: 74th Installment Focuses on Identity, Roots, and Belonging

Erives lo que la FAMILIA me dio

Different and uncomfortable, beautiful and compelling, the 74th Scripps College Ceramic Annual presents a wide variety of perspectives expressed in clay. The opening reception, with live music and light refreshments, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery on January 20. The event is free and open to the public and runs through April 8.

The Scripps College Ceramic Annual is the longest continuous exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States. Patsy Cox, professor of visual art, California State University, Northridge, is the guest curator for this year’s show. In assembling the works on view, she had a particular interest in featuring multiple perspectives. The result is an exhibition that celebrates artists from many backgrounds whose work addresses their social and cultural experiences.

“As an artist and educator from a multicultural background,” she explains, “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. These sentiments are expressed visually and physically in their work through the artists’ use of color, form, and content.”

Participating artists include Jennifer Ling Datchuk, 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, an American crafts curator and writer.

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