From the Ground Up Exhibitions

From the Ground Up is a regional juried ceramics exhibition open to artists from the Rocky Mountain region of the United States, including New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Idaho.  It is the Guild's crowning achievement to provide an opportunity for clay artists to bring together quality work with the establishment of this nationally advertised, first class regional perspective on contemporary clay.

From the Ground Up XXVIII 2017

There were 153 works submitted by 45 artists for this show.  Eighty three works were accepted by 39 exhibiting artists. Submissions for this exhibition were due on April 21, 2017.  A maxumum of 4 entries were allowed. The opening was held on August 4 during the downtown ramble from 5-7 pm.  Awards were presented Friday, August 11 from 4:30-6. The image above is from Jaquita Beddo, the Shaken portion of the Best of Show Award Winner, Adoration, Shaken, Speak. Image below is Vince Burke, Untittled, Museum Purchase Award.

The award winners were as follows: Museum Purchase Award to Vincent Burke for untitled $1000; Best of Show to Jacquita Beddo for Adoration, Shaken, Speak $650; First Place to Dana Kroos for Aerial View, Vertical Landscape $350; Second Place to Andrew Nagem for Infinity Towers $250; Third Place to Danielle Wood for Conjoined $150; Honorable Mention to Luisa Baldinger for Double Walled Vessel $50; Klyf Brown Memorial Award to David Beattie for Ark of the Virginal $250; and the Aaron Gara Award to Michelle Arterburn for Maku-Tori Jar $50 (below).

Stephen Hill was this years juror.  He conducted a 3-day workshop August 11-13 at the DACC Ceramics Studio. Images below show Steven's color palette and spraying techniques.  Steven looks over the finished results on the cart (below).




Other Images from 2017

DE Fog and Darkness

JC Really Fresh Sushi

Linda Reeder Sanchez Devil's Food Cake

From the Ground Up XXVII  2015

From the Ground Up XXVII was held in conjunction with the City of Las Cruces Museum of Art, opening on August 7th from 5-7 pm, during the Friday Ramble, and running through October 24th.  The juror was studio artist, teacher and Fulbright recipient Marcia Selsor.  An artist reception and awards presentation was held on Friday, September 11th from 5-7 pm.

Best of Show was awarded to Merry ArtToones for "Sitting Pretty", pictured below.


Other award winners were Honorable Mention-Vicky Hansen, "Zostera".  3rd place-Eric Brown, "Anger".  2nd place-Suzanne Kane, "Bloom".  1st place-Rhett Moak, "Things Not Burned in the Gold Pan Fire".  Purchase Awards-Kristin and Colin Pool, "Creature Pot", Jan Archey, "Covered Ovalness", Mari Blacker, "Botanical Tetragono".  People's Choice-Laura Mandaback, "Lonely Bear".  Aaron Gara Award-Linda Reeder-Sanchez, "Trophy for Nature".


This is first place winner Rhett Moak's piece, "Things Not Burned in the Gold Pan Fire"

The official poster is presented below.



Workshop Well Attended

Also, an "Alternative Firing Techniques" workshop was presented in conjunction with the show over the weekend of September 12-14th.  Marcia also gave a lecture at New Mexico State University on her Fulbright experience.  For workshop images, please click here.

Previous Exhibitions

Click on the following links to find information from previous shows. 

From the Ground Up XXIII 2007

From the Ground Up XXIV 2009

From the Ground Up XXV 2011

From the Ground Up XXVI 2013