W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery

Ink & Clay 40

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Ink & Clay 40 Graphic.

Ink & Clay 40 Exhibition

On Display September 13 - October 23, 2014  

Established in 1971, Ink & Clay is an annual competition of printmaking, drawing, ceramic ware, clay sculpture, installation and mixed media utilizing any variety of “ink” or “clay” as a material. The exhibition is sponsored by the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is underwritten by the generosity of the late Col. James “Jim” H. Jones with additional support from the Office of the University President. This year’s jurors are Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Nancy Haselbacher, ceramics and printmaking faculty, respectively, from the Otis College of Art and Design, and Anne Martens of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Francisco Jimenez's ceramic sculpture. It is bright red, and very glossy. The sculpture is shaped similar to a cake, but has a tiny square tunnel going through it. The sculpture is on a red disk.
 Francisco "Pancho" Jiménez, Passage, 2012. Ceramic. 10 x 16 x 9" Courtesy of the artist. 

The artworks filmed, photographed and presented herein were used courtesy of each participating artist, with their individual permission. Some images used in the logo design and graphics may be from a previous year's competition. Copyright of all artwork used or reproduced is owned by each individual artist and cannot be copied or reproduced without each artist's individual permission.
Ink & Clay 40
Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona
September 13 - October 23, 2014  
© 2014 Kellogg University Art Gallery
Cal Poly Pomona

Cecilia Torres, "Ampersand Two."

Cecilia Torres, Ampersand Two, 2013. Steve's white low-fire clay, metal coating and pating.
9.5 x 14 x 4" Courtesy of the artist. 


Any artist working in the United States may enter this competition. The Jurors make the final decision on which works are acceptable. Artwork Submissions must have been completed within the last 3 years. Generally, any work utilizing any type of ink or clay, in whole or in part, is acceptable. Works must be original - no giclee prints, reproductions or solely digitally-based prints. We are looking for the works that have been created by the artist’s hands in some way, shape or form. There are no size restrictions. Past exhibitions have included full-blown installations, freestanding sculptures and mixed media. Contact the gallery if you have questions regarding media. 


A $35 entry and handling fee will be charged. This entitles the artist to three image entries. Works that are 3-dimensional may have one additional detail slide each. Please note that checks are deposited collectively after all entries have been processed. Please make check or money order payable to: Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, with Ink & Clay 40 Entry Fee written onto the “Memo” line of your check. 


All work will be considered for sale unless otherwise indicated as NFS (not for sale) on the entry form. A 25% commission on all sales will be retained by the Kellogg University Art Gallery to support programming of future exhibitions. 


The Kellogg Art Gallery is pleased to offer $8000 in cash awards this year. This includes (2) $1000 Purchase Awards: The James H. Jones Memorial Purchase Award, generously sponsored by Mr. Bruce M. Jewett, and the University President’s Purchase Award, sponsored by the Office of University President, J. Michael Ortiz. Remaining awards include (11) $500 Juror Awards and (5) $100 Director’s Choice Awards. 

Accepted Works 

Judging will be completed by July 26, 2014. Acceptance and Non-Acceptance notification letters will be postmarked by August 4, 2014. Applicants may contact Kellogg Gallery after August 12, 2014 if notification letter is not received. Acceptance letters will include instructions for the art shipping/delivery and return/pickup. 

 Insurance, Liability and Shipping Requirements 

All accepted works will be insured for the duration of the exhibition. Although due care will be taken in handling of entries, neither the Kellogg Gallery nor Cal Poly Pomona accepts responsibility for the damage of work submitted to the exhibition which is improperly framed or packaged. Out-of-area artists will be responsible for costs of shipments of art to the exhibit venue and for return of artwork.   


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 Submission Requirements

Please submit a MAC compatible CD labeled with your full name, an artist statement describing what your artwork is about and your CV/Resume. All CDs become property of Kellogg Gallery and will not be returned. Please include each of the following items: 

1. (1) One JPEG per entry (required), 3 artwork entries maximum: 

Maximum Size: 2 MB; Resolution: 300 DPI; 5 x 7” min. Images should be professional in quality - no informal shots please. If included in the show, your photos will be used “as is” for the website and promotional materials. Do NOT use any image file other than JPEG.  

Label each JPEG as follows:  

Jane_Doe_01, Jane_Doe_02, Jane_Doe_03.  

Detail shots, if necessary, may be included for 3-dimensional works only.  

Label detail images as follows:  

Jane_Doe_01A; Jane_Doe_02A; Jane_Doe_03A. No more than one additional detail per 3-dimensional entry. 

2. A One-Paragraph Artist Statement (required): 200 words maximum, saved as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or docx). To be used on the 

Ink & Clay 40 website and in printed promotional materials only if artwork is accepted. Please ensure correct editing, proofing and spelling prior to submission.  

3. An Artist Résumé or CV(required): 5 pages maximum, saved as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). To be printed and included in a reference binder during the exhibition only if artwork is accepted.

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Chris Sanders, "Diverse Verdant Community."

Chris Sanders, Diverse Verdant Community, 2014. Ceramic 18 x 17 x 15" Courtesy of the artist. 

Important Dates

Postmark Deadline for Entries: Sat. June 28, 2014 

Notification Letters Mailed: Week of August 4, 2014  

Shipped Work Arrival Deadline (for out-of-area only):  

Sat.  August 23, 2014  

Local Hand-Delivery of Works:  Sat. and Sun. August 30 and 31, 2014, 12:00pm-4:00pm    

Exhibition Dates: Sat. September 13 - Thurs. October 23, 2014   

Opening Reception: Sat. September 13, 2014, 6:00pm-9:00pm 

Awards Announced: 6:45pm 

Pick-Up of Hand Delivered Works:  Sat. and Sun. October 25 and 26, 2014, 12:00pm-4:00pm 

Return Shipments of Work (for out-of-area only):  Week of Oct. 27-31, 2014 

Juror Biographies


Photo of Jeannie Denholm who is a lady with short curly hair. She is smiling and is wearing a black sweater with a navy blue v-neck shirt under. She is shown in front of green bushes.

Jeannie Denholm has been active in the art business for over 30 years and has an extensive background assisting corporations and private collectors with art acquisitions, collection management and curatorial services.  She worked for The Broad Art Foundation as Assistant Curator for Special Collections from 1993-2003. She  established Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions (SCAPE) in Corona Del Mar, CA in 2003 where she continues her work today as co-owner, curator of exhibitions and private art advisor. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree (BA) in Art History, graduate studies in Art History at York University in Toronto, Canada, and a Master's Degree (MA) in Museum Studies and Exhibition Design from California State University, Fullerton. Denholm is a Board Member and Vice-Chair of Programs for the Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman University.  She is often an invited guest speaker on the arts, taught Professional Studies for senior graduating students at the Laguna College of Art and Design, and has been a guest curator for a number of public exhibitions. 

Photo of Phyllis Green. She has light brown hair that is cut at shoulder length and front bangs coming down to above her eyes. She is smiling and wearing a dark pink lipstick. Raised in Canada, Phyllis Green moved to California to pursue graduate studies in art. In 1978, her work was exhibited in the 4th Annual Ink and Clay exhibition. She received an MFA from UCLA in 1981, and began her professional career as an artist, educator and curator in Los Angeles. Her practice integrates gender politics, the sphere of craft and influences of Modernism. Green is primarily an object maker who represents the body. Over thirty years, these bodily surrogates have taken the form of skeletal fragments, organs and containers. She often incorporates clay with other materials to create mixed media sculpture and installations. Green’s work has been exhibited extensively in exhibitions nationally and internationally, including From Head to Toe: Concepts of the Body in 20th Century Art, Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, both at LACMA, and Fiction@Love at MOCA, Shanghai. A survey exhibition titled Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green was presented at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles in 2011. She is the recipient of individual artist's fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; and was among the first group of artists to be awarded a C.O.L.A. grant by the City of Los Angeles in 1996. She produced and hosted a radio show on the visual arts, LOOK/ hear, on KXLU: 88.9FM from 1996 to 1998. She was appointed to the Santa Monica Arts Commission in 2000, and elected Chair from 2004 to 2006. Green served as Guest Curator for Scripps College 64th Ceramic Annual in 2008.  In 2010, she received project grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Durfee Foundation. She was named a Fellow in Fine Arts by The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2014. Green has lectured in colleges and universities worldwide and has held teaching positions at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is currently an adjunct faculty at the Roski School of Art and Design at USC and Deputy Director of The Christopher Isherwood Foundation. 

Photo of Dave Lefner. He has a mohawk hair style that is about 5 inches long and is dyed blond at the tips. He has long side burns that curve and point to his mouth. He is shown leaning over his work as he carves into it. Dave Lefner is a native-born Angelino, who, for the last 15 years, has lived and worked in his studio at The Brewery, the world’s largest artist colony. He received a BA in Art from California State University Northridge, where he discovered a love of typography and its many faces, the graphic prints of the German expressionists of the 1940s, and, his biggest inspiration, Picasso’s series of linocuts from the 1950s. His work reflects the beauty for the city that surrounds him with a nostalgia for its aging, but unique storefronts, signage and architecture from all areas of Los Angeles including the Valley, glamorous Hollywood, and especially his current home in Downtown LA. The urban landscape, complete with its burnt-out, broken neon signs, its faded and peeling movie posters and billboards, its web of power-lines and telephone wires overhead, and the occasional intricately-painted graffiti piece serve as the perfect inspiration for his detailed, very limited-edition, reduction linoleum block prints. For over twenty years, Lefner has dedicated himself to preserving and perfecting what seems to be the dying art form of reduction block printing. Because of the immediacy of today’s world, this technique is being lost in the face of a digital age. But it is the mystery of this labor-intensive process that intrigues him most. There is no room for error as the piece slowly reveals itself through a series of carving/printing stages from a singe block of linoleum. To him, the journey is definitely as important as the destination. 


Images top to Bottom: Photo Portrait of Jeannie Denholm, Photo Portrait of Phyllis Green, Photo Portrait of Dave Lefner