Ceramic Competition & Invitational

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years. The competition is open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. All work completed within the last two years, both functional and sculptural, is eligible.


April 20 - June 24, 2018
22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition


 Juror: Peter Held, Chandler, AZ

In the course of Peter Held’s impressive three-decade career as a museum director and contemporary art curator, he has organized more than 200 exhibitions, including seven national traveling shows. Held is the editor and essayist for 10 books including Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby (2013); Innovation and Change: Ceramics from the ASU Art Museum Collection (2009), and Akio Takamori: Between Clouds of Memory (2005).

He has received three of the highest accolades possible within the field from the Friends of Contemporary Ceramics; the Smithsonian’s James Renwick Alliance, and the National Council for Education on the Ceramic Arts.  

Held also served as a trustee for the American Craft Council, was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (1974-75), and has been a nominator for several granting organizations.

In June, 2014, he retired from his position as curator of ceramics, Arizona State University, Ceramics Research Center, and owns an art appraisal and consulting business based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Click here for the list of accepted artists


April 19 - 24, 2018

Events include workshops, symposium at ASU, SAMFA exhibit opening, Oakes St. galleries openings, dinner, and walk & talk with one of San Angelo's local artists.

April 19 – Thursday

Flex-Entry Ceramic Workshop with Randy Brodnax 
1:00 -  6:00 pm—continues through Saturday
($45.00 per person)
Old Chicken Farm Art Center
2505 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Click Here to download the workshop Sign Up Sheet

April 20 - Friday

Ceramic Workshop with Von Venhuizen
9:00  - 11:30 am
Angelo State University Ceramics Facility at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

Thirty-Third Annual Ceramic Symposium   
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Room 101. Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, Angelo State University
Panelists: Ceramic Competition Juror, Peter Held; and Invited Artist, Randy Brodnax.  Moderator: Howard J. Taylor

Closing Reception  4:30 – 5:30 pm
The Voodoo that You Do—a show by ASU Ceramics Students
193 Gallery
Carr Education-Fine Arts Building
Angelo State University
Sponsored by the ASU Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Opening and Awards Reception  6:00 - 9:00 pm 
Twenty-Second San Angelo National Ceramic Competition                          
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts             
Juror: Peter Held, Chandler, AZ
Invited Artist: Randy Brodnax, Elmer, LA

Opening Reception  6:00 - 9:00 pm
The 6-Pack Show—Texas Clay Arts Association Members Show
Coop Gallery, 427 S. Oakes Street

Opening Reception 6:00 - 9:00 pm
New exhibit at Art in Uncommon Places at The Studio
701 S. Irving Street

Opening Reception 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Fast Food Nostalgia Art Show—New work by Michelle Cuevas and Andres Gonzales
502 Orient Street 

Opening Reception 6:00 - 9:00 pm
African Safari—New work at R.T. Dalgliesh Fine Art
520 Orient Street

 All Friday-night venues are within walking distance and free transportation by trolley will be available.


April 21 – Saturday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Randy Brodnax All-Day Ceramic Workshop  (flex-entry workshop begins Thursday, but Saturday-only participants are welcome)
($45.00 per person)
Old Chicken Farm Art Center 

2:00 - 7:00 pm      
Openings at the Art Center: Featuring the work of Roger Allen and other artists. Chicken Farm studios will be open with new work.

7:00 pm
Texas Barbeque Dinner and Dance
($17.00 per person)   
Old Chicken Farm Art Center
To reserve a spot, click here to download sign up sheet

April 23 – Monday

12:00 noon
Walk-Talk by Roger Allen, Director of the Old Chicken Farm Art Center   
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts



April 21 - July 2, 2017
San Angelo Ceramic Invitational Exhibition (non-competition year) 

 Every year, whether it's the competition or the invitational, the opening weekend is filled with fun and educational events. This year the events begin on Thursday, April 20th with the start of Randy Brodnax's workshop. Friday, April 21st there will be a workshop at the Angelo State University Ceramics Facility (on the campus of the Art Museum), a symposium at ASU, and the exhibit opening. Other galleries near the museum will also be open with ceramic exhibits. Saturday is an all day workshop at the Old Chicken Farm Art Center with the Invitational Artists, Brian Molanphy and Bonnie Lynch. That evening the festivities will be capped off by a Texas syle BBQ dinner & dance!


Left: Artist Bonnie Lynch
Invited Artist






Brian Molanphy, Invited Artist
2016, Stoneware & terra cotta
with slip & glaze




Past Ceramic Competitions can be accessed here

SAMFA hosts a ceramic invitational exhibit in odd-numbered years. In 2015 we exhibited works by Margaret Boozer and Juan Granados; Otto Heino; and various artists in the collection of John and Darlene Williams.