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    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM (MDT)
    • 31 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
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    Celebration of Clay 2019 

    hosted by

    New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists


    Santa Fe Clay Gallery


     Opening Reception: Friday April 26, 2019 from 5 -7 pm

    Show runs from April 26 to May 31 2019

     As a member of New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists, you are invited to participate in our annual Celebration of Clay exhibit. This show is our opportunity to share exciting ceramic creations.  

    This show's title was inspired by the idea of inclusiveness, based on the city, Santa Fe, in which this exhibit will take place. There are as many approaches to clay and the ceramic arts as you can imagine. This art form has been on the planet as long as people have but it can also lend itself to a completely contemporary expression too. We invite you to explore what inclusiveness means to you for the next Celebration of Clay. What will you create for Many Hands, Many Ways? 


    Awards will be selected by an award jury.  Awards will be announced at the reception on April 26.  

    - Best of Show:  $150

    - UNM Arita Porcelain Award for Beauty, Quality and Functionality: $100

    - Three $50 Merit Awards.

    Entries are also displayed on our exhibition website, www.celebrationofclay.com where we will again feature our interactive People’s Choice Vote.

    Show Timeline

     Registration opens  January 1
    Entry Due  April 1
    Advance publicity images  March 15
    Entry finalized and images submitted  April 1
    Deliver work to collection points  April 21-23
     Show setup  April 24-25
    Show Duration  April 26 - May 31   
     Opening Reception and Awards Presentation      April 26, 5 - 7 pm
     People's Choice Voting  April 26- May 31
     People's Choice Award Announced  June 5
     Take down exhibit, repacking work  June 1-2

    Pick up entries from collection points 

     June 2-5


    All members of New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists are eligible. New members are welcome and can join at the same time as entering the show. www.nmpca.com/join


    Submit your entry by clicking "register" at left. Entry Fee is $15 for one piece or $25 for two pieces. Students can enter up to 2 pieces for $10 per entry.  Payment may be made online or by check payable to NMPCA Treasurer, 5708 Stillbrooke NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.  


    The fee structure for the show is 65% for NMPCA artist and 35% for Santa Fe Clay. Sales tax is added to the purchase, collected and reported by the gallery.


    A digital image of each entry is required.  These will be used for publicity, gallery selection, and People's Choice voting.  You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to prepare your images and a link to the website to upload your image file(s). All images must meet required quality standards as well as be on white background.  Images received by March 15 will be considered for use in publicity.  All images must be uploaded by April 1, 2018.  The committee reserves the right to reject images not prepared appropriately.  The artist may resubmit rejected images up to the entry deadline stated in the timeline.  If an acceptable image is not received, the work will not be shown and entry fee is forfeited.  

    After you pay your registration fee for the show, you will be sent instructions where to enter your entry information (title, size, price, description) and upload one image per entry.  


    Santa fe Clay liability insurance will cover art while on gallery premises and will pay 50% of value to the artist in event of breakage or theft. NMPCA does not insure art work while being transported to and from central collection points and galleries. Artists desiring further insurance are advised to arrange for coverage themselves. Artist exhibiting work agree to hold the NMPCA volunteers harmless from any costs or claims arising out of any damages or losses in handling, transporting, packing, and/or unpacking of work. We will do our best to take care of the work.


    Works in this show must not have been shown in any previous NMPCA exhibition.  All work must have an accurate photographic representation. No works may be substituted. Gallery have limited wall space and is unsuitable for heavy or large 2-D installations. If you are planning on a wall piece, please contact us in advance so we can determine feasibility. All work must be gallery ready with hanging system installed on the work.

    Freestanding work should fit safely on an 18” x 18” base. It may be possible to install larger work providing space is available but artist will be required to install and remove the work themselves.  Advance notice is required. We will not accept work we deem as unsafe or damaged.


    Please volunteer in order to make this exhibit possible. We need your help.  See the confirmation email for special instructions about volunteer jobs. See the details on the task event registration and "register" for the task of your choice.   If you absolutely can not help we understand and would still like you to participate, but ask that you contribute an extra $25 to help with the exhibition costs.


    We will have two collection points to deliver and pick up your work, see time-line.  All work must be boxed and labelled as described in the confirmation email.  Please call in advance.  

    Albuquerque: Leonard Baca

    Business Printing Service
    4316 Silver Ave. SE Albuquerque

    Santa Fe: Santa Fe Clay

    545 Camino de la Familia

    Santa Fe, NM 87501

    505- 984-1122

    You must deliver work to one of these two locations or ship work directly to Santa Fe Clay to arrive no later than April 23. Shipped work must include prepaid return shipping label. Label shipped work for Celebration of Clay Exhibition.   

    All work must be boxed and labelled according to instructions in your confirmation email.  

    Questions?  Contact the Celebration of Clay 2019 committee at email coc@nmpotters.org

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