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News Bite: Sculpture and Functional Art Professor Among Finalists in Worldwide Ceramics Competition

Posted October 20, 2014 in FacultyNews BitesSculpture and Functional Art

Sculpture and Functional Art Professor Israel Davis was one of 97 artists selected as a finalist in the inaugural Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics.

On October 10, the first annual competition awarded a total of $30,000 in prizes to six different artists, including a $20,000 ‘Best of Show’ award that currently stands as the largest prize of its kind in ceramics in the Western Hemisphere. In a manner similar to Grand Rapids’ own ArtPrize, the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics featured included an exhibition of the finalists’ work – including Davis’ – that was held in downtown Zanesville, OH from September 26 through October 12.

A panel of jurors chose the 97 finalists out of 1,400 entrants from around the world, as well as the winners. The panel was comprised of Sherman Hall, editor of Ceramics Monthly; Brad Schwieger, Professor of Ceramics at Ohio University; and Angelica Pozo, an award-winning ceramist from Cleveland, Ohio.

In other news, Davis will soon be heading north to Petoskey, MI, where he’ll be conducting a two-day workshop on techniques for screen-printing on clay at North Central Michigan College.