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Department ofArt and Art History


SCU at California Conference For The Advancement Of Ceramic Art

Santa Clara University ceramic students continued to participate this year in the “California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art”, this year held in the city of Davis California. This conference has been referred to as one of the ultimate ceramic art events held on the West coast and started as a way to honor the legacy of Bob Arneson . Mr. Arneson  taught at the University of California Davis for over twenty years and is responsible for starting the Bay Area Art movement known as Funk Art.  Many of his students have gone on to become famous artists and educators, among them: Peter Vandenburg, Bob Brady, Aurthur Gonzalez, David Gilhooley, and Richard Shaw. Over thirty schools participate in this educational event annually, hosting exhibitions of their students’ sculpture at various venues in Davis. In addition to student exhibitions there are six professional exhibitions, including the prestigious “30 Ceramic Sculptors” invitational exhibition, hosted by the Natsoulas Gallery. Professor Don Fritz has participated in this conference with Santa Clara students, and exhibited his work in this exhibition for the past twelve years. In addition to these exhibitions there are numerous lectures and demonstrations by some of the most well known ceramic sculptors in the country.