2017 – Topeka Competition 33

November 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Louis Copt, Blue Barn Galaxy

It is amazing what artists can do with clay, fibers, metals, minerals, glass and wood. The Topeka Competition 33 is on display in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Nov 10, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018.

The library started the Topeka Competition in 1977 to provide an exhibit venue for three-dimensional craft media, which were not regarded as “high art” in galleries and museums at the time. Today, these media are celebrated as the creative, versatile materials they are–some of the most innovative, exciting works created by artists and craftspeople today.

2017 marks the 40th year of partnership between the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery and the Friends of the Library. We are grateful for their continuous support.

About the Juror

Emily, Williams, Long Tentacle Plate Coral

Emily Williams creates detailed glass sculptures inspired by the natural world. Her glass sculptures explore complex plant and sea life forms.  Science and natural history have always played a strong role in her life. To see more of Emily’s work, visit The Creators Project and Colossal.com.

Emily began teaching sculpture in 1989 at Clarion University of PA. Over the years she has shared her passion for sculpture with her students.  Emily has received a number of grants and awards through the years, including a Fulbright Hays grant to study in Italy. Emily was awarded her Masters of Fine Art degree in Sculpture from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Participating Artists

Carol Alleman | Beth Brady-Edwards | R.D.  Burton | James Calvin | Gale Carter | Carolyn Catlos | Louis Copt | Scott Dooley | Thad Duhigg | Roberta Eichenberg | Brian Fickett | Joelle Ford | Don Gauthier | Michaela Valli Grosblacher | Sarah Gross | Elaine Harrison | Eleanor Heimbaugh | Crystal Hinds | Rachel Hubbard | Peggy Johnston | Claire B. Jones | Jocelyn Kolb-DeWitt | Madalyn Loring | Melissa Lovingood | Gwen Lowery | Chrystal McConnell | Patrick Martin | Kristin Morland | Ronda Peck | Robert Porreca | Tyler Quintin | Neil Salkind | Nadine Saylor | Damia Smith | Dan Spahn | Leandra Spangler | Barbara Terrell-Pujol | John Vinklarek | Peggy Wyman

 TC33 Programs

Artists and Awards Ceremony
Sun | November 12, 2017 | 1-3pm
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery


Eleanor Heimbaugh: Ceramics & Technology
Wed | November 15, 2017 | 6-7 pm
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery


Tyler Quintin: Contemporary Clay
Thu | November 30, 2017 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery


Shawn Rooks: Casting
Thu |December 7, 2017 | 6-7 pm
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.