Princeton Arts Council calls for ceramic art for STEEP: A National Teapot Exhibition


originally published: 02/14/2022

(PRINCETON, NJ) — The Princeton Arts Council is now accepting submissions for STEEP: a national exhibition on the teapot, exploring the endless possibilities of the idea of ​​a teapot. This year’s exhibition will be judged by ceramic artist and CAP Executive Director Adam Welch.

The deadline for submission is March 7, 2022, open to all artists 18 or older living and working in the United States. Works must address the idea of ​​a ‘teapot’ and have been created primarily in clay/ceramic over the past 2 years.

Current show awards include Best of Show ($250), Jury’s Choice ($100), and Honorable Mention ($50).

Juror Adam Welch is the executive director of the Princeton Arts Council and an artist, critic and educator. Adam’s art is about making and decorating. His writings question artists and the activities of contemporary art. As an educator, Adam encourages students to inquire and create, to examine worldviews, and to awaken their understanding of self and the world and the relationship between the two.

Adam has participated in thirty-seven individual or group exhibitions in the United States over the past ten years, including at the Arts Council of Princeton, MoMA PS1 and White Columns in New York, and AIR Gallery in Brooklyn, with individual exhibitions at Hunterdon Art Museum, Kean University, Princeton Day School and Northwestern College, as well as several curated, group and invitational exhibitions across the United States. His art has been featured in four books, including The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay and 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works, in the NCECA Biennial Catalog (Tampa Museum of Art) and has been reviewed in Ceramics Art and Perception, Korea’s Monthly Ceramic Art magazine, and featured in Ceramics Monthly. Additionally, over the past ten years, he has published forty-eight scholarly essays, reviews, and catalog essays.

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Prior to joining the Arts Council of Princeton staff, Adam had worked at Greenwich House Pottery since 2003. In 2007 he was appointed Deputy Director and in 2010 appointed Director. In 2010 Adam was made a lecturer at Princeton University where he continues to teach. Adam holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth and a BFA with a minor in Art Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He lives in Hightstown, New Jersey with his wife, Rachel, a fashion designer, and their two daughters.

“I have always looked at the teapot with anxiety and admiration,” Welch shares. “When you see a good teapot, you know it. In fact, I admire the teapot as an object of contemplation more than a utilitarian object. However, now that I have a small collection of teapots, I can appreciate the function too. I’ve wanted to be on the jury for a teapot exhibition for some time – I can’t wait to get the chance to see the works from all over the country!”

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The Princeton Arts Council, a nonprofit organization founded in 1967, fulfills its mission of building community through the arts by presenting a wide range of programs, including public art projects, exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events and studio classes. and workshops. Princeton Arts Council programs are designed to be high quality, engaging, affordable, and accessible to the diverse population of the greater Princeton area.

IMAGE: Teapot by Adam Welch