SNC Fine Arts Makes Impact on National Art Scene

Over 600 entries were received for the national juried ceramic show hosted by Sierra Nevada College’s Department of Fine Arts this fall. The exhibit “A New Decade of Clay: 2010” featured ceramic pieces from artists across the country which were juried by internationally renowned ceramicist Richard Shaw. Said Fine Arts Department chair Sheri Leigh O’Connor, “We were thrilled to have the prestigious Richard Shaw agree to jury this show," who commented afterwards, "It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. There were so many excellent pieces to select from."

Shaw chose 38 pieces which were exhibited from September 17th- October 16th, 2010 at the Village at Northstar in Truckee, California. Grand prize winner, Paul Morris from Fort Collins, Colorado was present at the opening reception to receive his $1000 award and to meet media from Clay Times magazine who featured the show’s winning art piece on their autumn cover.

SNC’s Fine Arts department hosts a variety of regional shows where students are offered the opportunity to enter their art and receive full and partial scholarships for winning entries. The college’s commitment to the promotion of talented emerging artists at the high school and community college levels has made it possible for three incoming students in the last year to join the department.

As Dr. Lynn Gillette, Provost and Executive Vice President of Sierra Nevada College, noted, “This is what we’ve been doing at Sierra Nevada College. Events of the caliber of ‘A New Decade of Clay: 2010’ represent just another example of our Fine Arts Department bringing world-renowned artists and gifted young people to campus to interact with our faculty and student body.”

Mariana Baquero, a SNC student, won the “New Decade of Clay” top student honor. Her piece, Still Life with Toothpaste exemplifies juror Richard Shaw’s artistic specialization, trompe-l’oeil sculpture.