McALLEN – South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery Program, together with the college’s Visual Arts and Music Department,  brings the RGV its annual ceramics exhibition and workshop, “A South Texas Ceramic Showdown: POTS/ Every Piece is a…(Part of the Solution).” All activities are free and open to the public.

The event includes a full display of ceramic works by art students and professors from regional universities and community colleges. The exhibit will be on view from June 2 to July 1 at the college’s Pecan Campus Art Building Art Gallery located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

A two-day ceramics workshop takes place June 10 and 11 at STC’s Pecan Campus Art Building Ceramics Lab, Room 113. Art talks will take place Saturday, July 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location. Participants will see clay demonstrations and art talks by nationally recognized and distinguished ceramicists Ovidio Giberga and Paul Northway. Both artists’ work references and expresses personal ideas of identity, time and place.

Giberga earned his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Florida. He currently heads the ceramic program at The University of Texas at San Antonio. His work has been included in the San Angelo National, The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, The Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Ceramics Monthly and Ceramic Art and Perception.

Northway earned his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Montana. He is an instructor of ceramics at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio. Northway has received various prestigious residencies in Maine, Iceland and Hungary and has also been published in Ceramics Monthly.

“STC is excited to have the opportunity to continue with the event, combining presentations from established ceramic artists, while experimenting a bit with the institutional participation in sharing and showing ceramic art,” said Chris Leonard, STC ceramics instructor and exhibit/workshop organizer. “We are fortunate to see a pair of San Antonio-based artists like Giberga and Northway in action. They have been part of the event for a couple of years, displaying their work alongside that of their students. Now we will get to learn some of their tips and secrets.

“With its evolution, the event has the possibility of really being something unique and has a collaborative format this year,” added Leonard. “With the title ‘POTS/Every Piece is a…,’ the call for work was in the format of a problem to solve and the acronym ‘POTS’ translates to ‘Part of the Solution.’ It will be interesting to see what participants present.”

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.