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2015 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics
Call for Entries

Download the 2015 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics Call for Entries.

Enter your artwork at

Download the Artist Loan Agreement for Selected Finalists.

2015 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

Call for Entries


Open Call for Entries Monday, May 4, 2015
Entry Deadline Friday, July 17
Notification of acceptance Monday, August 3
Delivery of accepted artwork Mon, Aug 31—Fri, Sept 4
Exhibition Opens Friday, September 25
Reception Friday, September 25
Exhibition closes Sat urday, January 2, 2016
Artwork shipped/picked up Monday, January 25—Friday, January 29


  • $40 (USD)
  • Fee must be paid by credit card in the online application.
  • Up to three works may be submitted with a maximum of two views per artwork.
  • Applicants must submit online through
  • Submission begins May 4, 2015 and ends midnight (MST) on Friday, July 17, 2015.
  • Zanesville Prize reserves the right to exclude any submissions for any reason including entries with more than three artworks, more than one detail per artwork, or incorrect fees.
  • No refunds.


  • This competition is open to all artists over the age of 18 working in ceramic media worldwide.
  • All works must be original, completed in the past two years, and not previously been exhibited at the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics.
  • Accepted works may not be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition and artists must follow the specifications outlined below.
  • All artworks must be for sale.

Submission Requirements

  • All works must be primarily ceramic.
  • Mixed media works will only be accepted if ceramic is the dominant material.
  • Work must not exceed 60”Wx 60”L x 60” H or 150 lbs., and outer crate/packing dimensions must not exceed 46”W x 70”L x 80”H.
  • Floor and pedestal works must be self-supporting.
  • Zanesville Prize and venue staff reserve the right to exclude from exhibition works that arrive at the venue in unstable condition, work that the gallery is unable to physically accommodate or which differs from the submitted image.
  • Works may not exceed the architectural limitations of the exhibition space; no ceiling-supported works will be accepted.
  • Weight of wall supported works will be limited to 35 lbs.
  • If you have any questions regarding the installation of your artworks, please contact Andy Near, Registrar, Zanesville Museum of Art at


  • Artists are responsible for the transit of artwork to and from the exhibition venue.
  • Artists are responsible for all shipping, delivery, and insurance costs for accepted artworks to and from the exhibition venue.
  • All accepted entries must be sent double-boxed in sturdy, reusable packaging as per instructions of shipping company.
  • If packaging materials are not acceptable for return shipping, the gallery staff will contact the artist and any purchase of new packing materials will be the responsibility of the artist.
  • Any works over 75 lbs. must be crated in a way to accept a fork-lift pallet truck (21″W).
  • Outer crate/packing dimensions must not exceed 46”W x 70”L x 80”H.
  • Return shipping will be done through one of the suggested shipping companies (USArt, ArtEx, Artemis, Craters and Freighters, FedEx, USPS) using the artist’s established accounts, pre-arranged payment, or by hand delivery.
  • Prepaid return shipping labels, or specific instructions to use other carriers will be honored.
  • Please consult with carrier to ensure adequate insurance coverage on your artwork (example, FedEx only covers declared value on artwork up to $1,000).
  • COD shipments will not be accepted.
  • Artists will coordinate hand-delivery and pickup with the host venue.
  • Neither Zanesville Prize nor the host venue are liable for any damage or loss incurred in transit.
  • Any claims on shipping damage must be reported by the artist to the carrier and the Zanesville Museum of Art upon receipt. Artists must retain all original packing materials for inspection by shipper until claim is resolved.
  • Settlement for any artworks damaged in transit will be the responsibility of the artist and shipper.
  • All works must arrive by the final delivery date, or may be excluded from the exhibition.


  • Accepted works will be covered by a Fine Arts Insurance policy while on display.
  • In the event of damage, theft, or loss, the insurer may require evidence of fair market value, and it is the artist’s responsibility to prove fair market value.
  • Any claims would be limited to the artist’s retail price less commission, up to 40% of the declared value.


  • All works accepted into the exhibition must be able to be sold.
  • Retail price must be declared at time of submission, and may not be altered at any time.
  • Host venue staff will refer all sales inquiries to Zanesville Prize, which will handle all sales for this exhibition; a 40% commission will be taken on all sales.

Catalog & Photography

  • Zanesville Prize reserves the right to publish a catalog of the works on exhibit.
  • Artists with work accepted into the exhibition will be required to provide a professional, print quality image for use in the catalog and other promotional and publicity purposes.
  • Artists included in this exhibition must agree to allow Zanesville Prize, the Zanesville Museum of Art, and visitors to photograph the artwork on display for educational and publicity purposes.
  • Images of accepted works will be retained by Zanesville Prize and the Zanesville Museum of Art for use in the catalog, print and digital promotion, website, social media, and sharing with the media.

Image & artwork information

  • Title
  • Clay body
  • Surface treatment
  • Technique
  • Photographic credit, if any
  • Images: first image is full view, second image is detail
  • Retail price (includes 40% commission)
  • Dimensions (inches) W x L x H
  • Weight (lbs)
  • Date
  • Insurance value (retail less 40% commission)
  • Artist Statement (max 75 words)

Download the 2015 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics Call for Entries.

Enter your artwork at

Download the Artist Loan Agreement for Selected Finalists.

2014 Zanesville Prize Recipients

Best of Show, $20,000: Christine Golden; Flagstaff, Arizona; “Kids in the Garden 2“.

First place, $5,000: Kristen Kieffer; Baldwinvile, Massachusetts; “Grande Covered Jar“.

Second place, $3,000: Sam Chung; Tempe, Arizona; “Cloud Couple“.

Third place, $1,000: Jason Green; Alfred Station, New York; “Recovered Geometry No. 5“.

Honorable mention, $500: Marty Fielding; Gainesville, Florida; “Mixing Console“.

Honorable mention, $500: Joanna Powell; Helena, Montana; “Urn“.

2014 Zanesville Prize Finalists Gallery

The one hundred finalist pieces for the 2014 Zanesville Prize will be subject to presale to Zanesville Prize sponsors on the evening of September 26th. Remaining items available to be purchased will be available for sale on this website and at the exhibition after 1:00 p.m. EDT Saturday September 27th.

You will be able to purchase items today and the item will remain on display in “Sold” status until the end of the exhibition on Sunday October 12, 2014.

You may enter a shipping address and pay for shipping once the cost of shipping and insurance has been determined at the end of the show. Or you may pick up your item or items between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday October 12 or between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday October 13.

The Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition will be September 27 – October 12, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily at the Seilers’ Studio & Gallery, 129 South Seventh St., Zanesville, OH 43701.


Zanesville Prize and Secondary Award Recipients will be announced on October 10th at a reception for attendees of the “From the Ground Up” Conference.


Click here to view the 2014 Zanesville Prize Finalists Gallery.

2014 Zanesville Prize Finalists Gallery