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Scripps exhibit highlights nationally recognized curators

The Scripps Ceramic Annual, on view through April 6, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. It is the longest-running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the nation.

Scripps is paying homage to the show’s storied history by highlighting

60 works from 20 artists who have served as curators for the Annual, from the show’s earliest days in World War II to the present.

The first group of curators includes Scripps professors of ceramics who organized many years of exhibitions, including William Manker (1945 to 1946), Richard Petterson (1947 to 1958), Paul Soldner (1951 to 1991) and Nobuho Nagasawa (1992 to 1995).

In 1996, the Williamson Gallery director began inviting guest curators from outside Scripps. Artist curators were selected on the strength of their proposals, and how their ideas advance a different theme or concept.

Guest curators included in this year’s Annual include Kris Cox, Douglas Humble, Cindy Kolodziejski, Kathleen Royster Lamb, David Furman, Adrian Saxe, Nancy Selvin, Karen Koblitz, Tony Marsh, Steven Portigal, Tony Hepburn, Phyllis Green, Adam Davis, Wayne Higby, Tim Berg and Virginia Scotchie.

The selection is national in scope, including artists from California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.  Many of these artists are also educators who built or led major programs in ceramics, such as Adrian Saxe at UCLA, Karen Koblitz at USC, Tony Marsh at Cal State Long Beach, Tony Hepburn at Cranbrook,and Wayne Higby at Alfred.

Admission to the Scripps Ceramics Annual is free. The gallery is open to the public and hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 pm during exhibitions. For more information, call (909) 607-3397.

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