The Ceramics Annual of America (CAA) is the only event of its kind in the United States and the goal is to encourage the education and enrichment of the public, cultivate a fertile art market, and foster dialog between collectors and makers of ceramic sculpture.
Part of Californiaâ€™s continuing legacy of excellence and innovation in ceramics, CAA is the largest exhibition and art fair that is entirely focused on ceramic art in America and is modeled after the Ceramic Biennials held in Europe, Korea, Japan and China. It provides a venue for the top regional and international artists from working in the clay medium to show their work to a broader audience of collectors.
CAA is organized by the California Ceramics Cooperative, a group of invested regional ceramic artists, and will feature panel discussions, lectures, tours as well as daily interactive art demonstrations all day that will provide a greater understanding of the artistic process for students and educators alike. Artist demos will feature Donna Billick, Rene Martucci, Amber Augirre, Yosuke Koizumi, Tony Perry, Susannah Israel, John Toki and Wesley T. Wright.
This year, the city of San Francisco is partnering with CAA. The exhibition will be held at the San Francisco Civic Center. CAA expects high attendance with over 25,000 vistiors. This is an exciting time for CAA, the Civic Center has not been used as an art venue since 1986. From 1946 until the last years of the Arts Festivals in the mid-1980s, the Arts Commission used budgeted monies from the Cityâ€™s general fund to purchase jury-selected work by contributing local artists. As a result, the Civic Art Collection contains a number of early works by influential artists, including Robert Arneson, Bruce Beasley and Viola Frey. In 1978 an exhibit of Arts Festival acquisitions was held at the Arts Commissionâ€™s gallery, followed in 1986 by a second showing in the lobby of the TransAmerica Building, after which many of the objects were incorporated into the Arts Commissionâ€™s interdepartmental loan program for display in City offices. For many of the artworks included in The Art of a City, this is the first time they have been publicly exhibited in over twenty years.