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Kickstarting 50 Women-- Not Your Grandmother's Ceramics

The 50 Women team bring a landmark women’s exhibition to Kansas City, Spring 2016 
American Jazz Museum, Changing Gallery, Kansas City, MO, USA, August 2015 
Exhibition Dates: March 16 to May 13, 2016

Like every other subculture, American ceramics may differ in the glue that connects people, but it reflects some of the challenges facing society as a whole. 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference. In 50 years, there has never been a comprehensive survey of work done by women. The contributions of women to contemporary American ceramics are substantial and several; but recognition has been spotty at best. Co-curators, Anthony Merino and Alex Kraft identified this issue and the idea behind the 50 Women exhibition took seed.

A great exhibition takes a great deal of money and there are still expenses that need to be covered. These include but are not limited to international shipping, domestic shipping of large artworks, insurance, installation and printing costs. To assist in covering these costs, the organizers have launched a Kickstarter campaign. All of the managerial labor costs provide by co-curator Mr. Anthony Merino and Ms. Alex Kraft, as well as the marketing coordinator Melanie Shaw and Kansas City liaison Arzelyn Umali are beping provided free of charge. Please consider helping 50 Women promote this campaign.

From poetry slamming, Comic-Con, bikers, Cosplay and Volkswagen enthusiasts to bell jar collectors and college football fans-- America stitches patches of intense identification into a large culture. The world of contemporary ceramics makes up a small section of this quilt. Every year four to five thousand members of the ceramic community gather together at a single conference sponsored by NCECA. In addition, the American Jazz Museum expects an additional visitor count of approximately six to eight thousand during the run of the exhibition. With the additional support of the UMKC Women’s Center-Her Art Project, the exhibition will open mid-March during Women’s History Month, with supporting events and activities at the Museum and UMKC facilities.

Kickstarter Campaign: 
Ben Carter interview with Anthony and Alex: 
Tales of a Red Clay Rambler, POD #107: Alex Kraft and Anthony Merino on 50 Women

50 Women-A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics 
Co-Curators-Anthony Merino, Alex Kraft 
9 Dubis Street 
Adams, MA 01220 

Today’s blog post was submitted by Anthony Merino on behalf of 50 Women - A Celebration of Women’s Contributions to Ceramics which looks like an amazing event. Maybe we should all plan a trip to Kansas when this exhibit is up.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff


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