20 Mar 2019

Competitions The Eloquent Vessel

OU School of Visual ArtsNorman, Oklahoma, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: April 12, 2019 – The University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts invites artists to submit for The Eloquent Vessel a ceramics exhibition at the OU SoVA Lightwell Gallery.

We invite artists to submit works that engage the idea of “the vessel”. Throughout the history of ceramic art the vessel has been a creative impetus to explore the vessel as spiritual, functional, controversial, and esoteric.

This exhibition seeks to highlight the captivating and compelling ways contemporary ceramic artists across the U.S. produce vessels today. Both functional and sculptural approaches to the theme are encouraged. Artists may engage other materials so long as the juror identifies that 70% of the work is made from ceramic material.

EXHIBITION DATES : June 3 – July 11, 2019

The juror will select a $350 first place, a $200 second place. and $100 third place award, as well as, honorable mention awards as determined. A digital exhibition catalog and website will be created for this exhibition and featured by OUSoVA.

Doug Casebeer is the newest Resident Artist at the OU School of Visual Arts. Prior to taking the position at OU, Doug was the Associate Director and Artistic Director for Ceramics at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. He was also Chair of the Artist in Residency Program. He received his MFA in ceramics from Alfred University and his BFA from Wichita State University. Doug teaches, lectures, builds kilns and exhibits his artwork worldwide. He has served as pottery consultant to the United Nations and the German government. Doug’s service to the field has involved outreach in rural Jamaican schools, technical support and assistance for Nepali potters, and advising art centers in Chile and Hawaii. His artwork is in collections around the world, including a permanent installation in 2007 at the Yingge Museum of Ceramics in Taiwan. In 2009 Doug was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland and was a featured artist at the Chinese Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Doug’s artwork is regularly exhibited at the Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO.

Open to all artists residing in the U.S. 18 years or older.

Works up to 14” x 14” x 20” will be considered.

ENTRY GUIDELINES – $30 for up to 3 entries
All entries must be submitted Online. Entry fee payment will be made through the form as directed. Submissions without a paid fee will not be considered.

FILE FORMAT JPEG only, no larger than 2MB each. Please upload your images with the following file names: 01LAST NAME_title of artwork, 02LAST NAME_title of artwork, 03LAST NAME_title of artwork

All works must be ready to be displayed on pedestals. Any alternative display options such as wall or shelf placement must be indicated in your image and the image description. Artists will be responsible for providing hardware and/or objects associated with a nonpedestal format.

Works that do not meet these guidelines will not be included in the exhibition. The OU School of Visual Art reserves the right to exclude works that do not represent the submission entry.


  • Selected artists will be responsible for all shipping costs to and from the gallery. Artists are
    responsible for return shipping, and must include a prepaid return label via FedEx or UPS. Your work will not be installed without it.
  • Shipped work must be packaged in a reusable carton, box, or crate. SoVA will not provide packing materials.
  • NO LOOSE PACKING PEANUTS will be accepted.
  • Artists are responsible for any damage or loss during transit. SoVA will not carry insurance on individual works while on display.
  • Shipped works must be delivered to OU SoVA between May 20 – 24, 2019.
  • Hand-delivery arranged upon request by contacting hils@ou.edu prior to delivery.

A high resolution jpeg of selected work will be required and requested once accepted for catalogue and promotional media use. Loan agreements will be provided and will be emailed with your acceptance notice. Signed agreement must accompany the artwork or be emailed prior to receipt.

The OU School of Visual Arts will not retain any commission. Inquiries for purchases will be directed to the artist.

Lightwell Gallery : The Eloquent Vessel
OU School of Visual Arts
520 Parrington Oval, RM. 202
Norman, OK 73019

For questions please contact hils@ou.edu

Your entry grants the OU School of Visual Arts permission to use artist statements, artist biography, and image(s) of your work in The Eloquent Vessel digital catalog, the art.ou.edu website, and any marketing or public relations material. We will provide image credit with information you provide on your application.

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.


  • Entries due: Friday, April 12 by 5:00 PM
  • Email notifications sent to all artists: May 3, 2019
  • Artwork due/delivered by: Friday, May 24, 2019
  • Return shipping to artists: July 15, 2019

School of Visual Arts
Fred Jones Jr. Art Center
520 Parrington Oval, RM 202
Norman OK 73019-3011

Opp Categories: Sculpture Only. Opp Types: Competitions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 03 March thru April and Open to U.S. Artists Only. Income: Cash or Value Awards and Exhibition – Group.

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