Call for entries:

The Task at Hand: UCVIII Juried Student Exhibition

Applications accepted via Slideroom: March 23 – June 1, 2020
On view in the Jerry Drown Wood Studio Gallery: August 29 – November 17, 2020

Exhibition Description:
In conjunction with the 8th Utilitarian Clay conference, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites current undergraduate and graduate students to submit to the upcoming juried exhibition The Task at Hand | UCVIII Juried Student Exhibition, which focuses on functional ceramics. Submissions will be accepted via SlideRoom from March 23 – June 1, 2020.

Held every four years since 1992, Arrowmont’s Utilitarian Clay Symposia has an international reputation within the ceramics community as they continue to celebrate and appreciate the limitless interpretations of the utilitarian clay object. The symposium attracts those who are interested in not only the practical concerns with making functional objects, but also the theoretical issues in the field.

The Task at Hand | UCVIII Juried Student Exhibition aims to highlight the diverse utilitarian work being made by students across the country. By bringing more voices into the dialog surrounding utilitarian clay objects, we create deeper meaning and wider perspectives within the medium.

Peter Beasecker was born in Toledo, Ohio and received a BS degree from Miami University and his MFA from Alfred University. He has been recognized for many years as a maker of quiet, elegant porcelain pots reflecting a studied and haptic sensibility.

Beasecker joined the faculty of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2009 as an Associate Professor. Prior to this appointment, Beasecker was a Professor of Art at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, since 1992. He has exhibited extensively in national and international venues, and his work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Mint Museum in North Carolina. He has been a visiting artist and workshop leader at over sixty institutions, including Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Craft. Beasecker maintains a studio in Cazenovia, New York.

Undergraduate and graduate students working within the field of functional ceramics and over 18 years of age may apply. Artists may submit up to three pieces, five images total. Each work should have one full image. Detail images may be submitted, but number of images cannot exceed five total. All artworks must have been completed in the last two years. Students with graduation dates earlier than 2021 may not apply.

Applications will be accepted starting March 23, 2020. All entries must be submitted to SlideRoom ( by midnight on June 1, 2020. The entry fee is $30 for 3 works (5 images). Image files must be a .JPG format.

Awards will be selected by juror Peter Beasecker. $1,000 in awards will be given, $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and two $100 honorable mentions.

Artworks may or may not be for sale throughout the duration of the exhibition. Arrowmont takes 40% commission on all sold works in the galleries. Artwork that is not for sale must be labeled NFS on the exhibition agreement. Payment for sold work to the artist will be made after the exhibition’s closing date.

Submissions due via SlideRoom: June 1, 2020 by midnight
Notifications sent via email: July 8, 2020
Artist exhibition agreement & other paperwork due: July 27, 2020
Shipped & hand delivered pieces due to Arrowmont: August 5, 2020
Exhibition on view: August 29 – November 17, 2020
Pickup for hand delivered works: December 1 – 4, 2020
Package and ship mailed works: December 1 – 11, 2020

Installation Specifications:
All work must arrive READY TO INSTALL. All works must be structurally sound. Any unusual hardware or specific hanging devices must be provided by the artist. All shipping containers must fit through an 82” high x 55” wide doorway.

Accepted artworks will be insured by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts throughout the duration of the exhibition. The artist will be responsible for insuring the artwork to and from Arrowmont. Insurance does not cover damage caused during shipping including mishandling by shipping carrier or failure of the packaging to protect works in transit. Also not covered is damage caused to work by failure of the work itself, its mounting systems or disintegration/degradation due to the nature/quality of the materials or craftsmanship.

Shipping to and from Arrowmont is the responsibility of the artist. Artists MUST SEND packages with premade return shipping labels. Artworks must be securely packed in reusable containers with reusable packing materials. Works will be returned to the artist as they were received. Artist must include any packing, shipping and/or installation instructions needed for the safe handling and return of your work.

Arrowmont reserves the right to utilize images of accepted work for publicity purposes.

Questions? Contact:
Kelsey Dillow
Gallery Manager
865-436-5860 x22


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