We will be telling the story of the Great Race that narrates the travels of the 12 zodiac animals to the Jade Emperor to solidify their place in the Chinese calendar. Each ceramic artist has chosen one animal of the zodiac to represent in clay – their own unique history shapes their contemporary interpretation.
Opening Reception on Saturday, February 2nd from 6 – 8PM
In the Gallery: February 2 – March 30
The Great Race is the first of four themed exhibits for 2019, a year dedicated to our furry friends, where artists will use anthropomorphism to convey messages about relationships, how we coexist with animals in the wild and in our homes, and the importance of preserving the animal kingdom to maintain the delicate balance of our shared ecosystem. The Great Race we will be telling the story of the Great Race – a short story narrating the travels of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals to the Jade Emperor to solidify their place in the calendar. Each ceramic artist has chosen one animal of the zodiac to represent in clay – their own unique history shapes their contemporary interpretation. While the story of the Great Race will be outlined throughout the gallery, each artist will provide information as to why they chose each animal and how it is relevant to contemporary culture. Clay Art Center will be using its exhibition space to understand and celebrate cultural heritage.
Participating Artists: Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Ayumi Horie, Sin-Ying Ho, Adam Chau, Patti Warishina, Steven Lee, Hatsumi Suyama, Kenjiro Kitade, Vipoo Srivilasa, Sunkoo Yuh, Kyungmin Park, Kensuke Yamada, and Adriel Tong
Related Programming Chinese New Year Banquet
Dinner Event – Tuesday, February 5
Concurrent to this exhibition to celebrate Chinese New Year, Clay Art Center is hosting an intimate banquet in our gallery. Serving a special Chinese meal, the chef from Asiana Cafe in Greenwich, will be preparing food on dishes created by Nikki Lau (a current artist-in-residence), which guests will take home at the end of the evening. Guest exhibiting artists from “The Great Race”, Sin-Ying Ho and Adriel Tong will give an artist talk during the cocktail hour.
Stories in Clay: The Great Race – March (exact date TBD)
Throughout The Great Race exhibition, a performing artist will tell the story of The Great Race and how the Jade Emperor called on all the animals to secure their place in the lunar calendar. This program will be focused on students in 2nd and 3rd grades, combining the art of storytelling with visual arts. Furthermore students will be prompted to describe
how those characteristics are represented in the artwork.
Animal Instinct, dedicated to our furry friends, is our year-long gallery focus for 2019, exploring the animal kingdom through a series of four core exhibitions and related programming. The exhibits will examine how artists use anthropomorphism to convey messages about relationships, how we coexist with animals in the wild and in our homes, and the importance of preserving the animal kingdom to maintain the delicate balance of our shared ecosystem. The exhibits include: The Great Race, Pots for Pets, The Emotional Animal and Julia Galloway: Endangered Species Project.
Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Port Chester community at large.
Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm or by appointment.