ClayHouston, a nonprofit ceramic arts organization, announced its Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists last month, and the deadline to apply is March 22. Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) ceramic artists across Texas are encouraged to apply.
Prompted by the effects of Covid-19, systematic racism, and economic uncertainty in BIPOC communities, along with a desire to diversify ceramics practices, ClayHouston will award two winners $1,200 each in the categories of Emerging and Mid-Career & Beyond. For both categories, artist must be at least 18 years old.
The jurors for the Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists include Natalia Arbelaez, a Colombian American artist currently in residence at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City; Adam Chau, an artist in Cold Spring, New York currently on the board of Artaxis and The Color Network; Jennifer Ling Datchuck, a San Antonio-based artist who received the Emerging Voices award from the American Craft Council and in 2020 was named a United States Artist Fellow in Craft; and Robert Lugo, an American artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator. Lugo is the recipient of the 2019 Rome Prize, and was awarded a 2019 Pew Fellowship.
Benefits of the juried award go beyond the $1200 cash prize. Recipients will also receive a one year membership to ClayHouston, including a monthly newsletter, an invitation to participate in the Annual Member Exhibition, a member profile page with photos on the ClayHouston website, an an invitation to participate in its annual pop-up sale. For full benefits, please visit the ClayHouston website here.
Winning applicants will be notified via email on April 26. Again, deadline for submission is March 22.