About the Exhibition
Eight ceramic artists take on identity in the CRC Art Gallery. “Real ID” is held in coordination with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2022 conference, “Fertile Ground” as a Venue Originated Exhibition. Artists include Shenny Cruces, Arthur Gonzalez, Pancho Jiménez, Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Kevin Snipes, Stan Welsh, and Wanxin Zhang. Curator: Linda S. Fitz Gibbon.
- Dates: February 22 to March 29, 2022
- Opening Reception: February 25, 2022, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
- NCECA Reception: Thursday March 17, 5:00 to 9:00 pm
- Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm
- Special NCECA Hours: March 14 to 19; Gallery hours extended until 5:00 pm with Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Note: Because of changing conditions due to COVID-19, the gallery may be required to close unexpectedly at times.
Real-ID is an exhibition of sculpture by a diverse selection of ceramic artists whose works address the themes of identity and connectivity to the fertile earth.
Real-ID questions where our concept of identify originates. Does it arise from the fertile ground of our ancestors, to be embedded in our genes? Is identity based on our beliefs, race, politics, skin color, sexuality, job, art making process, or a combination of these? Our sense of identity helps express and define our humanity, connectivity, and grounding to the earth. The artists in this exhibition use a variety of clay sculptural and surface techniques as well as a broad range of conceptual ideas to address these ideas. Rather than point out our differences, Real-ID hopes the viewer will see this exhibition as a way to create dialogue and community, recognizing that we all rise up from – and ultimately return back to – the fertile earth from which we came.
Visitors to the CRC Art Gallery are encouraged to take home a clay ID card embedded with wild flower seeds. The act of planting the clay card symbolizes breaking down these barriers and fostering new growth.
To purchase artwork, please contact the artists or their galleries directly.
Shenny Phillips Cruces is a Sacramento and Bay Area based artist whose work is inspired by the act of collecting and the importance of objects in one's life.
Arthur Gonzalez is an internationally exhibiting artist with over fifty one-person shows in the last forty years, including eight in Manhattan, New York.
Pancho's work is part of the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum, the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University.
Jessica Putnam-Phillips is a ceramic artist, USAF veteran, and educator. She actively promotes ceramic art and education and is the founder of ClayShare.com, an online school for ceramic learning.
Kevin Snipes combines his love of constructing unconventional pottery with an obsessive need to draw on everything that he produces, creating a uniquely dynamic body of work.
Maya Vivas is a multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums such as ceramic, performance, painting, social practice and installation.
Stan Welsh’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally and his work is represented in many important permanent collections.