Clay Art Center Presents Juried Exhibition

Clay Art Center will present The Family Portrait, a juried exhibition that explores the family unit in contemporary culture and society.

The opening reception will be held Thursday, September 15th, 6 – 8 PM in the Gallery and online September 1 – October 15.


The Family Portrait explores the meaning and definition of the family unit in contemporary culture and society. Guest Juried by Kuki Velarde, participating artists have responded to the theme by creating ceramic works that define what family means to them. The works presented explore the family unit in the broadest context that address and challenge traditional conceptions of what a family is, or could be.


This exhibition presents work from artists drawn from across the United States, and includes emerging and established ceramic artists. By using historical and cultural references in works that range from figurative to functional, and conceptual to playful, these artists invite us into a deeper conversation about the shifting landscape of the family unit. 


Participating artists: Jocelyn Armstrong, Teela Banker, Yoko Sekino-Bové, Jamie Charles, Mya Cluff, Jane Neuss Cohen, Jill Cohen-Nuñez, Emily Downes, Sean Lutz, Marga McBride, Mac McCusker, Richard Nickel, Teddy Osei, Kristyn Rohrer, Shirah Rubin, Elisa Soliven, Kourtney Stone, Sara Torgison, Blake Williams.


“It is haunting to think about those who were here in the world before us. Who were those people who passed their DNA to us, and with it, gave us imprinted memories of their times, and the times in which their own ancestors lived?” stated artist Kukuli Velarde.


Kukuli Velarde is an internationally renowned Peruvian born artist, whose works address issues of gender, social and cultural identity and hierarchies, tradition and inheritance, investigated and interpreted through the reference of historical and religious imagery. Kukuli is the recipient of several major awards and grants including most recently, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, New York, and the Grand Prize Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, South Korea. A BFA graduate of Hunter College, New York, her paintings and ceramics have been shown all over the world in both solo and group settings. 


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.