THE ART OF HOPE

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2017

I am very pleased to announce that juror John Sabraw has selected my hand built, raku fired paper clay sculpture AN OLD MAN’S PRAYER to be part of Mississippi State University’s national juried exhibition “The Art of Hope”. The exhibition will run from January 20, 2020 until March 27, 2020 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, 75 B.S. Hood Road, Mississippi State University, MS 39762. There will be a reception on Friday, January 31, 2020. AN OLD MAN’S PRAYER is part of my “Expressive Hands” Series of small, hand built, raku fired paper clay sculptures from 2017 and 2018. In AN OLD MAN’S PRAYER the fingers are bent with time and wear. Expectations have been colored by the disappointments and trials of life but there is hope – perhaps this time.

PORTRAIT OF GAIA 2018 in BRAND 47 NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION OF WORKS ON PAPER

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I am quite pleased to announce that juror Alma Ruiz included my Joomchi wall hanging PORTRAIT OF GAIA: 2018 in the Brand Library and Art Center’s 47th Annual Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. The Brand Library and Art Center is located 1601 W. Mountain Road in Glendale, California 91201, and the Exhibition ran from September 7, 2019 through October 25, 2019 with an opening reception on September 7, 2019. Out of the 1069 pieces submitted from across the country by nine hundred and seventy-six artists, only 89 pieces, including PORTRAIT OF GAIA: 2018, were chosen for the Exhibition.

REVISING DARWIN

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

 

REVISING DARWIN is a hand built raku and glazed fired, sculpture with found objects (gneiss) and is part of the “Avianus Abstractus” Series. It is intended as a very tongue in cheek exposition of a new, never previously advanced, theory of evolution. I am hopeful, however, that the scientific community will take up the challenge and that new evidence supporting it will be uncovered. (2019) (13 ½” x 11” x 15”) ($350)

ART OF THE GERRYMANDER IN BOOK AND PAPER ARTS

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I am very happy to announce that juror Anita Garza has chosen to include my Joomchi wall hanging, THE ART OF THE GERRYMANDER, in the Indiana University – Kokomo “Book and Paper Arts” Exhibition. The exhibition will run from November 1, 2019 until November 28, 2019 at the IU-Kokomo Downtown Gallery, 102 N Main Street, Kokomo, IN 46901. There will be an opening reception from 5:30 until 9:00 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019. THE ART OF THE GERRYMANDER has previously been exhibited at venues in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Missouri.

HEADS OR TAILS

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

 

Are you a bird watcher or a whale spotter? Do you see the crested head of a bird or the flukes of a whale’s tail? You can be and do both. HEADS OR TAILS? was originally intended to be a “bird” only and part of my “Avianus Abstractus” Series of hand built, raku fired paper clay sculptures which I was creating for submittal to a show themed as “Wings and Water”. However, with a couple of modifications to the original design and an adjustment to the glazes, I think I was able to create a piece that could be either fish (well mammal) or fowl and which fit even more squarely within the “Wings and Water” concept. Other than some of the pieces I created specifically for my solo show “Myths and Legends, Gods and Demons” the pieces in the “Avianus Abstractus” Series mark the first time I have created pieces for a specific show. (2019) (13 ½” x 9” x 8”) ($295)

DARK MOON RISING IN 2019 INTERNATIONAL JURIED CERAMICS EXHIBITION

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2017

 

I am very pleased to announce that juror Garth Johnson has chosen my smoke fired tile wall hanging DARK MOON RISING to be one of the fifty-two (from over four hundred submittals) pieces that will be part of The Center for Contemporary Art’s “2019 International Juried Ceramics Exhibition”. The Exhibition will run from November 8, 2019 through December 21, 2019. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, November 8, 2019. The Center for Contemporary Art is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ  07921.