MISSOULA – The University of Montana Emerging Ceramic Artists group of the UM School of Art will hold its 30th annual Art Annex Holiday Sale and Juried Show Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 10-12, in the UM Art Annex.
The sale features ceramics and sculpture by UM School of Art students and faculty, and this year will include T-shirts, cards and prints from the printmaking division. The show will take place in the Off Center Gallery of the Art Annex, and student work created over the past year will be juried for entry and awards. The event is free and open to the public.
A schedule of events is as follows:
- Thursday, Dec. 10, 4-7 p.m.: Opening Celebration with live music. Awards presentation at 5 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Sale continues
- Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Sale continues
This year’s juror will be Lauren Gallaspy, a ceramic sculptor and vessel maker, resident of the Archie Bray Foundation, and 2012 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
Past students have won awards from the President’s Office, the College of Visual and Performing Arts dean, the Bookstore, Lela Autio and the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, as well as donations from various individuals and local businesses.
This fundraising event was initiated 30 years ago after the Ceramics and Sculpture divisions were relocated to Schreiber Gym for a year due to a fire in the Art Annex. Proceeds from the event help fund scholarships, student travel to conferences and wood for kiln firing and are primarily distributed to the ceramics area, which has the most revenue and student participation. The proceeds also fund visiting artists who benefit the School of Art and community.
Students formed the clay club UMECA (formerly Starving Sculpture and Ceramics Students) to help raise visibility and funds for the program. SSCS and UMECA have funded a variety of sculpture projects over 30 years.
For more information call the School of Art office at 406-243-4181.