After 33 years of tradition, the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts is proud to announce its continuation of the largest sculptural ceramics conference in the world. Conceived by the need for dialogue and direct interaction between artists and students, this educational conference is an expansion of our annual ceramics conference that was held this past May, and also a sneak peek into next year’s annual ceramics conference that will take place from April 30thto May 2nd2021.
Date: Friday, September 18th 2020
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Presenters: Michelle Gregor, Lisa Reinertson, Shalene Valenzuela, Jeff Downing, Lisa Clague, Arthur Gonzalez, Louis Marak, John Natsoulas, etc.
This Fall, the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts will present some of the best ceramic sculptors in the world. One of the distinguished artists included in this free webinar is Lisa Clague, whose transformative work of turning the figurative tradition on edge earned her two Virginia Groot Foundation Grants. Also included in this conference is Arthur Gonzalez, a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts fellowship. Michelle Gregor, a leading figure in the second generation of Bay Area Figuration who is multifaceted in her works of clay, bronze, paint and drawing media will be joining in as well. Other artists at the forefront of sculptural ceramics this year include Shalene Valenzuela, Jeff Downing, and Louis Marak.
In a side-by-side fashion, two artists will engage with one another in a discussion about the nuances of their work and their experiences of being a ceramic sculptor in the 21stcentury. They will also participate in a Q & A, with questions being sent in real-time by students from all over the world.
This conference is free to the public, and an incredible opportunity for students and interested parties to directly interact with and gain firsthand insight from renowned sculptural ceramic artists. Because many colleges and universities will continue to implement social-distancing regulations this coming Fall, over 50 professors and teachers have requested for this conference to be used as an educational tool for their curriculum. The conference will be available on Zoom and for live streaming on Facebook. We highly encourage educators to take advantage of this conference by inviting as many students to participate.
Over a hundred universities, colleges, and high schools will be tuning into our live stream to participate. To participate, please download Zoom and register in advance at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GR3xOBlLReqCibVDZP9iHQ.