There won’t be a Zanesville Prize competition in 2016,
but it will be held again in 2017.

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All Ohio Contemporary Ceramics Competition and Show
October 7-9, 2016

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With the support of the Ohio Arts Council, the Yan Sun Art Museum and sponsors along Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road, the Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory invites all Ohio ceramists ( includes anyone who was born in, lived in, worked in, attended school in or is submitting an Ohio- themed work to this competition ) to enter one piece only in the inauguration of a new biennial competition with a $2500.00 first prize, $1000.00 second prize, $500 third prize, and two $250.00 honorable mention awards. In addition, a $500 prize will be awarded to the piece voted most popular.

Entries must be created in 2015 or 2016. They may be functional or sculptural and fit upon a 20” by 20” pedestal top or hang on a wall. All works are to be delivered in person from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. on Friday, October 7th, to the Yan Sun Art Museum at 604 Main Street in Zanesville. All artists are invited to attend the First Friday Art Walk from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. that evening in in the District. To compete in the Show, please register by September 15th at An entry fee of $15 is due with delivery of the work on October 7th for those registering by August 7th and an entry fee of $25 for later registration.

The judge is Christine Golden of Flagstaff, Arizona, winner of the first Zanesville Prize ($20,000).

The 2015 Zanesville Prize Winners:

Best of Show – Peak #1 by Colby Parsons

First Place – Tray by Paul Donnelly

*Second Place – Bloom by Amanda Salov

*Third Place – Selling Copy by Chris Dufala

*Honorable Mention – Ashes of Rose, Urn Pair by Jessica Putnam-Phillips

*Honorable Mention – Reaction by John Utgaard


*Still available for purchase


See the 2015 Zanesville Prize Winners and all of the Finalists


See video of the Best of Show winner on the artist’s website.


Watch the Recap Video of the 2014 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics