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2020 River To River Juried Exhibition
The Cherry Building
329 10th Ave SE
Suite #117
Cedar Rapids, IA

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Iowa
Entry Deadline: 7/5/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Entry Fee (Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio): $30.00

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is pleased to host the fifth bi-annual Iowa Clay Conference October 9th-11th. In conjunction with the Iowa Clay Conference, The River 2 River Regional Exhibition, held at Coe College Sinclair Galleries, will highlight the richness and diversity of ceramic art within Iowa and across the Midwest.


Show Open: Friday, September 11th – Saturday, October 10th 2020
Closing Reception: Friday, October 9th 5:00pm-7:00pm

Coe College Sinclair Galleries, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sunday July 5th 2020

$30 fee for two individual works

Participation is open to all artists 18 years of age or older living in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material and must have been completed within the last 2 years.

1st Place: $200 and A Solo Exhibition in the ICCGS Main Gallery in 2021 with a $150 stipend
2nd Place: $100
Honorable Mentions: $50

Submission materials: (A) You may submit two individual pieces with two images per piece, total of no more than 4 images. (B) Images must be sized at 1800px on the longest side at 300 dpi. (A 4X6 image would be sized at 1800x1200.) (C) Artists must also submit an artist statement of approximately 200 words. 


Jill Foote-Hutton
Jill Foote-Hutton holds a BFA in sculpture from Webster University (1994) and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Mississippi–Oxford (2003). She travels and engages with numerous communities, delivering strength and exploration to her audiences through her creative base, Whistlepig Studio. Her work––inspired by tribal culture, Joseph Campbell, comic books, anime, and art history––interacts with communities as a robust narrative, instigating creative practices and triumphant story. Since the beginning of Whistlepig Studio, Foote-Hutton has traveled and engaged communities with interactive monster chalkboards in Missouri, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Texas, Montana, and Florida.

Benj Upchurch
Benjamin Upchurch was born and raised along the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. His work in the craft tradition generates pathways of expression that have inherent ties to creative and geological processes evident in the earth’s crust. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Montana State University in 2006 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 2009. Upchurch’s utilitarian vessels are primarily fired in wood-burning kilns and have been included in exhibitions throughout the country. He has taught ceramics at numerous colleges and institutions, including the University of Iowa where he serves as the Instructional Studio Specialist in Ceramics.

In collaboration with the Iowa Ceramics Center the exhibition will be held at Coe College.  A private, four-year, liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Coe College Sinclair Auditorium is the home of the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan galleries, two contemporary spaces professionally designed to display art in any media. With their high ceilings and polished concrete floors, these galleries are educational venues that engage the Eastern Iowa Community with the breath of visual culture on campus, nationally and internationally

The jurors will make final selections. Floor and pedestal works must be self-supporting. Wall hanging works must be provided with hanging systems that are secure to install. Individual objects should weigh less than 60 lbs. and be of dimensions so that they can pass through a 36” x 80” entrance door. ICCGS staff reserves the right to exclude from exhibition works that arrive at the venue in poor condition. 

SHIPPING: Shipping costs incurred to and from the gallery is the sole responsibility of the artist. Artists must send work in sturdy, reusable boxes & packing materials. Double boxes are strongly recommended and are the easiest way to guarantee a safe arrival. Artists are to supply all necessary hardware with complete installation instructions if necessary. All work not picked up or without a return shipping label will be considered a donation to ICCGS.  An inventory sheet with details of item & material used, to be included.
A return shipping label must be included in the packaging.  Ship to:
Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio
c/o River to River
The Cherry Building, Suite #117
329 10th AVE SE, Cedar Rapids IA, 52401

Although the greatest care will be taken in handling of all work, ICCGS will not accept any responsibility for damage of work submitted which is improperly packed for handling. All accepted works must be insured for shipment, USPS/UPS provides. No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition.  All work available for sale must be sold through ICCGS, 60% of sale to artist, 40% of sale to ICCGS.

The artist is responsible for complex installation. ICCGS has very limited equipment available for installation (assorted tools, pedestals, ladders), please bring the tools and hardware you need. ICCGS does not provide electronic equipment (projectors, media players, monitors, and computers). The galleries are drywall with plywood backing. Work must fit through a standard door. Special pedestals, shelving and mounting must be provided by the artist. The Gallery reserves the right to remove work from the  exhibit that is not ready to install or does not have proper installation materials. Work that does not reflect the work submitted and chosen by the jurors will also be removed from the exhibit.

Participating artists must agree to allow iCCGS staff and visitors to photograph work while on display for educational or publicity purposes. Submitted images of accepted work will be retained by iCCGS for promotions, posting on our website with artist credit, and sharing with media related publications. All accepted artists are required to provide a short artist statement (200 words max) and artist bios (200 words max).

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