The Emotional Animal

Clay Art Center's 2019 national juried exhibition
Deadline April 8, 2019




Clay Art Center is happy to announce it's Call for Entry to "The Emotional Animal", curated by Crystal Morey.

Animals are our bond to nature and are all around us -- they are a part of our daily lives whether in our homes or in the wild. Animal inspirations abound in literature and in the visual arts and are often used anthropomorphically to reveal, reflect and elaborate upon our own human nature. From prehistory to the conceptual works of Damien Hirst's sharks in tanks, artists have used animals as symbols and sources of inspiration and metaphor. In 2019, Clay Art Center will feature Animal Instinct, a year-long focus that will offer exhibitions, community arts programming and symposia. The third core exhibit in this series of events will be a national juried exhibition entitled “The Emotional Animal” to be curated by California artist, Crystal Morey. Submissions of sculptural works will be judged on the capacity to express human emotion using animal imagery. Works will be displayed at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY from July 27 – September 14, 2019. Deadline to apply is April 8, 2019. 

Guest curator Crystal Morey states, “From the beginning of human expression we have found emotional connection and understanding in the world through the animals around us. We see this narrative from early cave painting to animation, primal hunting to genetic engineering, from fierce predators to domestic companions. This theme invites an exploration of the animal kingdom through the artistic voices of today, as an expression of instinct, contemplation, and emotion in our collective experience.” –Crystal Morey

Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic art offering exhibitions, classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.



Any artist in the United States over the age of 18. Works presented must be available and for sale at time of show. Primary medium must be in clay.

Application Process
Applications will be accepted online only; 

There is a $20 application fee.

Number of Works
No more than 3 artworks may be submitted

To Apply
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Upload Work Samples - Uploaded media files will be stored in your CaFE Portfolio so you can submit them to calls. You will choose which media files to submit to a call when you fill out the application. Media file submissions must comply with specifications found at CaFÉ

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No changes will be allowed once an entry is accepted into the database. Once data is entered in the system, it cannot be altered. Proofread your data carefully as this information may be used to generate the catalog, insurance and publicity information.

Each work submitted must include the following details:

  • Title

  • Medium (60 character limit)

  • Height/Width/Depth

  • Retail Price/Value

  • Year completed

  • Primary Discipline (ceramics)

  • Description (300 character limit)

The juror will select artwork of available pieces ONLY!

Exhibition Guidelines
- Work must stay in gallery until show ends.
- Artwork that is hand delivered must be picked up at end of exhibition. Work that has been shipped to CAC will be returned at CAC’s expense.
- Gallery commission is 40% of selling price.