A South Texas Ceramic Showdown

South Texas College gears up for its annual Ceramics Conference with two artists from Alpine, TX

South Texas College brings the Rio Grande Valley its eleventh annual ceramics exhibition and workshop, “More than Coincidence: Continuations in Clay.” The exhibit will be on view from June 22 to August 11, 2017, at the college’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery and at the Art Building B Gallery, located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. The event includes a full display of ceramic work by distinguished Texas ceramicists Gregory Tegarden and Amanda Calhoun as well as ceramic works by students and professors from 11 regional universities and community colleges.

The three-day South Texas Ceramic Showdown will begin with an opening reception on June 22 at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery and the Art Building B Gallery from 6-8 p.m. The conference will continue with Ceramic Demonstrations on June 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., and June 24 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Art Building (Bldg. B) Ceramics Lab. Art talks will be held on Saturday, June 24 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the same location. All activities are free and open to the public.

Opening Reception:June 22, 6-8 p.m.STC Library Art Gallery & Bldg. B Gallery
Clay Demos:June 23, 9-12 & 1:30-4:30STC Ceramic Studio
Clay Demos:June 24, 9-12 p.m.STC Ceramic Studio
Art Talks:June 24, 1:30-3:30STC Ceramic Studio

Gregory J. Tegarden is an Assistant Professor of Art at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He received a Master of Fine Arts with a focus in Ceramics from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and a Bachelor’s of Science in Botany from Sul Ross State University. He is trained in the traditional Thai method of coil building or turning large ceramic vessels. His studio work consists functional ceramics that are influenced by the desert southwest and the austere environment found inside a kiln.

Amanda Calhoun is influenced by classic films and television shows. Having worked for a handmade ceramic tile studio for fourteen years, she developed a love and a skill set for making tile. In this exhibition, she honors the women in her life with free-form tile portraits adorned with a headdresses of personal imagery.

Participating institutions in the collaborative ceramic constructions include: Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Lawrence College, Mesa Community College, NW Vista from the Alamo District Colleges, Ouachita Baptist University, Southeast Missouri State University, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas San Antonio, University of Central Missouri, Washington University, and Wichita State University.

“It should be really interesting on several levels once again,” said Chris Leonard, STC ceramics instructor and exhibit/conference organizer. “This year we are blessed to have a pair of artists making their way in and outside of clay with interesting backgrounds and shared histories. This should be an educational and entertainingly relevant event in terms of process, product, content, and use.”

South Texas College exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, or via email at gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

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