Beyond the Object: The 72nd Scripps Ceramic Annual

The Ceramic Annual celebrates its 72nd year – this time bringing drawing into the mix.

Andrew Casto, Assemblage 90, 2015, 20.5 x 9 x 20 in., ceramic, luster. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Andrew Casto, Assemblage 90, 2015, 20.5 x 9 x 20 in., ceramic, luster. Photo courtesy of the artist.


January 23 – April 3, 2016
Opening: January 23, 2016, 7 to 9 pm
Lecture: Jan. 23, 4 to 5 pm, Humanities Auditorium

The Scripps College Ceramic Annual, the longest continuous exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States, opened for its 72nd year on Saturday, Jan. 23. It will continue through April 3. This exhibition compares the processes of “sight” for 2-D drawings and “touch” for 3-D ceramic forms. The Jan. 23 opening began with a special lecture by Chris Miles, interim dean of the College of the Arts at California State University Long Beach, followed by an opening reception that evening at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, which included live music and light refreshments. Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Traditionally an “artist’s choice” exhibition, a leading ceramic artist is invited to select the participating artists each year. This year’s guest curator is Susan Beiner, associate professor of art at the Herberger School of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Among the many museums that have ceramics by Beiner in their collections are the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, and Yixing Ceramics Museum in China. For the Ceramic Annual, Beiner has chosen to include pieces by Andrew Casto, Bryan Czibesz, Lauren Gallaspy, Oona Gardner, Brian Gillis, Julia Haft-Candell, Del Harrow, Paul Sacaridiz, and Amanda Small.

Sincere thanks go to the supporters of the Ceramic Annual, principally the Pasadena Art Alliance, which made this and many other Ceramic Annual catalogs possible. The Gallery would also like to thank its private donors, including Bill and Francine Baker, Kirk Delman, David Furman, Susan and Brent Maire; the Marlin Miller Family Foundation; Diane and Igal Silber; Skutt Ceramic Products, Inc.; and the Marer Endownment. The Gallery also receives generous assistance from Scripps College in support of the Ceramic Annual exhibition and catalog through the Jean and Arthur Ames Fund, the Joan and David Lincoln Endowment, and the Paul Soldner Endowment.