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Abora Vase-Jade, 2014 Stoneware by Lee Middleman for Ink & Clay 40
Abora Vase-Jade, 2014 Stoneware by Lee Middleman for Ink & Clay 40


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45th Sapphire Anniversary of Ink & Clay | Ink & Clay 45: The Art of Type

 The Art of Type

Call for Entry: Mon., Apr 1 - Sun., May 30, 2021, (11:59pm Mountain Time)


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 45th Sapphire Anniversary of Ink & Clay, Ink & Clay 45: The Art of Type is rescheduled from Spring 2021, to Fall of 2021. Please note that the dates for our Call for Entry have also changed from Aug 1 - Sept 27, 2020 to the new dates posted above: Apr 1 - May 30, 2021.


Cal Poly Pomona and the Kellogg University Art Gallery are proud to make a special announcement: In honor of our 45th Sapphire Anniversary, 2021's Ink & Clay will be celebrated with a special theme -- Ink & Clay 45: The Art of Type, where artists must incorporate type, words, phrases or symbols into their work along with creating works with "ink" and/or "clay" as a part of the traditionally-approved media. 


Keep your eyes out for this year’s Ink & Clay 45 Prospectus which will be launched on CAFE | on April 1, 2021 with Artwork Prizes and Purchase Awards projected to be up to $7,000.


In honor of this Sapphire Anniversary, Ink & Clay will be celebrated with a special theme: Ink & Clay 45: The Art of Type.

This means that ALL submissions must have the material elements of ink or clay used in the creative process in some way, or in combination, with the added requirement of including: type, text, words, phrases, writings, script, letters, and/or symbols in some way, shape, or form.

So, in effect, the work can be of any subject matter, but must also have the inclusion anything you might find in written language, handwriting, or on a keyboard, including any international letters, words in foreign languages , special characters, visual communication symbols, emojis, graphic symbols, icons, and logos.

Symbols, international letters, foreign languages, special characters, emojis

Some artists automatically do this as part of their body of work, and this notice is being given well in advance, so that all prospective participants can have adequate time to make applicable work for this year’s entry submission deadline. Topics can be anything from poetic, lyrical, narrative, to biographical, auto-biographical, socio-political commentary, pop-cultural, or abstraction – simply based on the love of shape and form based on letterforms, fonts, typefaces, words, or language.

The same techniques that are acceptable each year for Ink & Clay are applicable for Ink & Clay 45: all traditional media (painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture), mixed media, collage, assemblage, book-making, installation, video and any avant-garde artforms are acceptable for submission, as long as ink and/or clay are featured in some way.

And with this, we hope to see eligible participants in next year’s show for this special event!

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