With the support of the Ohio Arts Council, the Yan Sun Art Museum and sponsors along Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road, the Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory invites all Ohio ceramists ( includes anyone who was born in, lived in, worked in, attended school in or is submitting an Ohio- themed work to this competition)to enter one piece only in the inauguration of a new biennial competition with a $2500.00 first prize, $1000.00 second prize, $500 third prize, and two $250.00 honorable mention awards. In addition, a $500 prize will be awarded to the piece voted most popular.

Entries must be created in 2015 or 2016. They may be functional or sculptural and fit upon a 20” by 20” pedestal top. All works are to be delivered from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Friday, October 7th, to the Yan Sun Art Museum at 604 Main Street in Zanesville. All artists are invited to attend the First Friday Art Walk from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. that evening in in the District. To compete in the Show, please register by September 15th at register@ahoot.org. An entry fee of $15 is due with the delivery of the work.

All works will be offered for sale on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday with 30% of each sale to be retained as commission. Purchasers of works and ceramists may choose to take their unsold work with them any time after the free artist reception and awards ceremony at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday at Weasel Boy Brewery until the close of Show at 5 P.M. on Sunday.

The Show will be the center-piece for the following activities that engage the Arts, Music, Local Foods, Craft beer, Wineries and Heritage and Outdoor Recreation in the Athens, Perry, Morgan and Muskingum County region on Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road A-Z.

The Zanesville Ohio Ceramic Arts (ZOCA) Center located on Pioneer Hill at the head of Main Street in downtown Zanesville will feature its wood-fired kiln and host tours of studios and artist residences conducted by Executive Director Arthur Kettner and the ZOCA Board on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.

The Zanesville Museum of Art at 620 Military Road will have a special display of art pottery. The museum is open during the event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Artist Colony of Zanesville and the Zanesville Appalachian Art Project (ZAAP) will host First Friday, a monthly event with dozens of studios and galleries open to the public from 5P.M. to 8 P.M. throughout downtown Zanesville. The First Friday activities include music and a comedy club event.

The National Road/Zane Grey Museum, east of Zanesville, houses a significant pottery collection as well as exhibits featuring the first interstate highway and Zanesville native and author Zane Grey.

The Welcome Center (off I-70 from the west at the Fifth Street exit) has information and brochures on places of interest and events in the region. These include the Alan Cottrill Studio at 110 South Sixth Street, which features the world’s largest collection of bronze sculpture by a living artist. Alan’s work “Thomas Alva Edison” was selected for installation in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda this year.

Seilers’ Studio and Gallery at 129 South Seventh Street will welcome visitors on Saturday morning for coffee and a tour of available downtown properties in the Arts and Culture District.

Tree House restaurant, in the former site of Fioriware’s retail store at Market and Fourth Streets, is a breakfast and lunch favorite of local artists. Next door, Four Turns has incredible croissants Saturday morning at 8 until sold out.

The Clay Center of Ohio will be hosting ‘The Theme is Pottery’ annual show that features a variety of pottery -inspired works from the region including writing, painting, mixed media and children’s works.

Maddy Fraioli will host visitors to her Rosehill Design studio in Roseville featuring art pottery, hookcraft rugs and Fioriware. Stunning works of art by Howard Peller Basket Farmer will also be for sale at Howard’s and Maddy’s Farm.

Attendees may tour other sites of significance along Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road including Ludowici Tile, Burley Clay, Coopermill Bronze Works, Nelsonville galleries, and opera houses in McConnelsville and in Nelsonville.

Lodging will be available at Zanesville’s many motels and B&Bs with camping available at the nearby 60-acre Clay Center of Ohio preserve. The Wilds is a 10,000-acre endangered species facility that features yurts and small group lodge accommodations.

The Ohio Contemporary Ceramic Competition and Show is dedicated this inaugural year to celebrate 50 years of public funding for the arts through the Ohio Arts Council.









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