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Unconvential Clay: Engaged in Change
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Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change

How is clay being used today in dynamic, interactive and innovative ways?

Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change explores connections between clay, art, social issues and process. Works by 24 artists range from vessels to large scale installations, with artists responding  to contemporary issues while employing innovative approaches to the medium.

The exhibition will present ways that projection, 3D modeling, video and advanced materials can be combined in ways that have an aesthetic and intellectual impact irrespective of their size, but rather in the way they engage viewers. Unconventional Clay will also investigate the ways that community-oriented artists create projects that address audience interactivity.

Anthony Stellaccio, Raw Material #2
Anthony Stellaccio, American (b. 1978). Raw Material #2, 2015. Mixed media, 6.5 x 15.5 x 6.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Participating Artists

Dylan Beck
Jessica Brandl
Andy Brayman
Trisha Coates
Bryan Czibesz and Shawn Spangler
Chase Grover
Ben Harle
Robert Harrison
Beth Katleman
Mika Negishi Laidlaw, Dave Ryan and Steve Ryan
Simone Leigh
Nathan Mabry

Zemer Peled
Adams Puryear
Carrie Reichardt
Tom Sachs
Thomas Schmidt
Paul Scott
Adam Shiverdecker
Anthony Stellaccio
Brendan Tang
Ehren Tool
Joey Watson
Dustin Yager