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A full-time studio artist in Helena, MT, Notkin’s teapots, ceramic sculptures and tile murals are visual explorations into social and political commentary. Through the 1960′s, 70′s and 80′s, when large scale abstract expressionist vessels and gestural ceramic sculptures were the rage in contemporary American ceramics, Notkin worked with a tightly controlled, high degree of craftsmanship, creating works which were often criticized as being too small, tight and precious. He took this as a compliment. He is perhaps most known for his series of unglazed stoneware teapots, inspired by the remarkable Yixing wares of China (circa 1500 AD to the present), but consciously maintaining a separate cultural identity, “reflecting the current dilemmas of our contemporary human civilization”.
For nearly four decades, his work has been exhibited internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. Notkin’s major awards include three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. He was one of about a dozen artists featured in the premier of the PBS documentary series, “Craft in America”. In 2008, Notkin was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and was awarded the USA Hoi Fellowship by the United States Artists Foundation.
Any artists who have already submitted work are welcome to change their entries if they wish. The deadline is extended to January 15, 2011. Our new notification of acceptance is February 21, 2011. Exhibit dates and delivery dates are the same.
Enter your work! More than $2,000 in juror’s and purchase awards are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Library Friends of Art.