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2018 Shapes of Influence Biennial Ceramics Exhibition
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Illinois
Event Dates: 8/3/18 - 9/1/18
Entry Deadline: 6/1/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Entry Fee (2018 Shapes of Influence Entry Fee): $25.00
The intent of this juried exhibition is to showcase the best in contemporary ceramics.

This year our juror is Simon Levin. Simon Levin has been working in clay since 1990, when an elective ceramics course in college changed the direction of his life, leading to an M.A. and an M.F.A from the University of Iowa.  He is a full time studio potter working exclusively with wood firing.  His award winning work is exhibited internationally, and appears in several contemporary ceramic books.   Simon is writer for many ceramic journals, and in 2013 he traveled to Taiwan as a Senior Fulbright scholar researching local materials.   As a kiln builder Simon has built wood fired kilns for both US colleges and universities as well as schools in Taiwan and China.   Between 2004 and 2018 his apprenticeship program has trained and influenced 17 potters.  A resident of Wisconsin for 18 years, Simon has recently moved to Pawnee Illinois where he is currently re-establishing his pottery.

Juror Statement:
"Tradition is not holding the ashes, but passing the flame" Thomas Morus.

I am looking for sculpture or pottery that springs from or references the rich past yet adds to the continuum. In ceramics today there are so many ways to make, manufacture, and create available to us, in what ways do these technologies tend the fire? This nationally juried exhibition will be a contemporary conversation of ageless topics."

The Springfield Art Association’s (SAA) M. G. Nelson Family Gallery offers nearly 1400 square feet of high quality exhibition space in Springfield, Illinois. Cash prizes ($500, $300 and $200) will be awarded. The SAA is the oldest visual arts organization in Central Illinois and is dedicated to the support and promotion of the visual arts. Please visit for more information.

Media & Specifications
All entries must include ceramic components.
Entries will be accepted online through Call for Entry, CaFE. 
Entry Fee
A $25 non-refundable entry fee is required.  Members of the SAA pay $15.
June 1                  Deadline for entries
June 15                 Notification of acceptance
July 14-28             Receipt of Work at the SAA
August 3               Exhibition opens, Opening Reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm
                               Awards will be announced at 6:30

September 1         Exhibition closes
Works need not be for sale; however, The SAA will retain a 35% commission on any work sold during the exhibition.
Liability & Insurance
All artwork is insured while in the possession of the SAA.  Artists are responsible for insurance on in-bound and out-bound shipping.
Receipt & Return of Art Work
Artwork must be shipped (at the artist’s expense) via UPS, Fed Ex, or USPS in a STURDY, reusable container. (Breakage in shipping has been a problem.) Please double box your work with plenty of padding. (FYI, the wooden crates fared the worst.) No COD shipments will be accepted.  All accepted work shipped and hand delivered must be received between July 14 and July 28, 2018.  Hand delivered work must arrive during office hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm.  Accepted artists  who ship their work must include prepaid charges for return shipping. 
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