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49th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood National All-Media Exhibition

Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA

Located in the Main and Sweeney Galleries on the 3rd floor

• Open to the Public: January 27th – April 1, 2017

• FREE Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 2017 at 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Awards at 6:00

• Gallery Talk with Juror Santiago Cal: Friday, January 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Cash Awards Presented January 27 at 6:00 PM: 

-Winifred V. Brown Best of Show:  $1,000

-First Place:  $500

-Second Place:  $250

-Third Place:  $100

-(3) Honorable Mentions:  $50 each

For the past 49 years the Clay, Fiber, Paper, Metal, Glass, Wood Show has been an important part of the Octagon Center for the Arts exhibition schedule. Outstanding artists, educators, and museum directors have served as jurors and have presented important lectures, workshops and demonstrations. Their participation has contributed to making Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood a major Midwest exhibit.

This year, the 49th Annual Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood received 350 submissions from 134 artists representing 16 states; 65 works by 65 artists were accepted for exhibition by juror Santiago Cal. Mr. Cal is currently an Associate Professor of Art (Sculpture) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was born in Belize, Central America. He has had exhibitions in Barcelona, Taipei, Havana, Auckland, and New York, as well as other cities. He has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (U.S.), Gruber-Jez Foundation (Mexico), and Poustinia Land Art Park (Belize). He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998 and his BFA from Kuztown State University in 1995.

We thank our sponsors who made this exhibit possible: Haila Architecture, Ames Commission on the Arts, Greater Iowa Credit Union, the Brown Endowment Fund, the Huff Endowment Fund, and the Iowa Arts Council.

History of the exhibit

Initially, Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood was a regional juried exhibit held bi-annually and known as the Clay Fiber Show. In 1986, as part of the 20th anniversary of the Octagon Center for the Arts, Clay Fiber eligibility was extended nationally. Since then it has been open to all media including, but not limited to: clay, fiber, paper, glass, metal, wood, painting, collage, photography, and electronic based works.

Juror Statement:

Santiago Cal, Associate Professor of Art (Sculpture) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“I would first like to state that it was a great honor to jury the 49th Octagon All Media Exhibition. The quality, amount and scope of submissions was very impressive. This made the task of selecting a small percentage of the artworks incredibly challenging. I approached the selection process though hours of looking at the works and questioning why I selected some and not others. It was very important to me that each piece be given scrutinous consideration and that I look past my initial assessment.The process of jurying each piece, on its own merit, made it impossible to think of an overall exhibition theme. Although, since it is a singular perspective, certain qualities are repeated. I looked for the following attributes: interpretation and refinement of idea, aesthetics and craft. The resulting selection is a product of my years of personal study and practice in this field. I would like to thank all the artists who submitted works. You have my greatest respect and I applaud your commitment to making and exhibiting. Your professionalism was overwhelmingly evident.”

Since 1966, the Octagon Center for the Arts has provided the greater Ames community with quality arts education. More than 30,000 people are served annually by their participation in Octagon classes, workshops, exhibits and special events.

Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Avenue, Ames, IA 50010

For Additional information, contact the Exhibits Manager, Naomi Friend, 515.232.5331,

NOTE: Please contact Exhibits Manager to receive info for local artists who were juried into the show. Juror Santiago Cal will be in Ames, January 27 for interviews.


Submitted by Octagon Center for the Arts

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