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

Linda Reeder-Sanchez submitted "Devil's Food Cake" as her entry this year.

Submissions for this exhibition were due on April 21, 2017.  A maxumum of 4 entries was allowed.  Accepted work will be hand delivered to the Las Cruces Museum of Art on July 20-22.  The opening will be held on August 4 during the downtown ramble from 5-7 pm.  Awards will be presented Friday, August 11 from 4:30-6.  We are very excited to announce Stephen Hill is this years juror.  His work appears below.  He will conduct a 3-day workshop August 11-13.  

You may download more information about the exhibition by clicking here.  You may view the entire prospectus by clicking here.  The submission form can be found by clicking here.  Information about return shipping is located at this link, just click here.  Finally, find what you need to know about the museum's regulations are found by clicking here.


From the Ground Up XXVII 

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