Scripps College’s 77th Ceramic Annual Opens February 5

The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery will host Scripps College’s 77th Ceramic Annual, the longest ongoing exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the nation, from February 5–April 17, 2022. The exhibition, curated by Petaluma-based visual artist Ashwini Bhat, is free and open to the public. Additional information about the exhibition, including ticket reservations, is available on the Williamson Gallery’s website and event protocols are listed on the College’s website.

The exhibition, titled On Fire: Contemporary Trailblazers, focuses on new contemplations of the ceramics world. Participating artists include Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Sharbani Das Gupta, Nicki Green, Julia Haft-Candell, Kahlil Robert Irving, Anabel Juárez, David Katz, Sahar Khoury, Nathan Lynch, Annabeth Rosen, Nicole Seisler, Anna Sew Hoy, and Linda Sormin. The exhibition also features an illustrated catalog with an essay by writer Leah Ollman.

“With clay as at least one of their mediums, the Ceramic Annual artists are revisioning the possibilities for this most ancient artistic material,” Bhat said. “Their intuitive and thoughtful practices thrive on adding new vocabulary and syntax to the clay lexicon.”

Since 1993, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery has collected works of art and presented exhibitions designed to enhance the Scripps College arts and humanities curriculum. Art from the Scripps College permanent collection regularly appears in major exhibitions across the country and in venues such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Williamson Gallery has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Getty Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Pasadena Art Alliance.