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River 2 River

Regional Juried Exhibition

Juried By Clary Illian and Mitchell Spain



September 7th – October 6th 2018

*Closing Reception: October 6th 5:00pm-7:00pm  


@ Coe College Sinclair Galleries

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is pleased to host the fourth Biennial Iowa Clay Conference. In conjunction with the conference, River 2 River will highlight the richness and diversity of ceramic art within Iowa and across the Midwest. Participation is open to all artists 18 years of age or older living in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota. 

Sinclair Gallery hours

Everyday from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.



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Mitchell Spain: Born and raised near Des Moines IA, Spain received his BFA in Ceramics in 2012 from the University of Iowa and his MFA at the University of Kansas in 2015. Today, he is an accomplished artist crafting high-quality ceramic works using trompe l'oeil technique that mimics these rustic findings.

Mitchell has exhibited in national and international exhibitions including the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics. His work and writing have been featured in national ceramics publications including Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics: TECHNICAL magazine. He currently lives south of Des Moines, Iowa where he is working as a full-time studio artist.


Clary Illian: An Iowa native, Illian apprenticed with Bernard Leach in 1964-65 upon receiving her BFA from the University of Iowa. She has made a living as a full-time utilitarian potter and currently resides in Ely, Iowa. She has taught a few semesters and workshops in art schools and craft teaching institutions across the United States and Canada. Clary is also well-known for her writing, authoring numerous articles for various ceramic publications, including Studio Potter. Her text, “A Potter’s Workbook” was published in 1999 and is used in classrooms around the world. After a long career making stoneware and porcelain pots, Ms. Illian recently switched to earthenware and sees her work becoming more light-hearted, but keeping the functional intention intact.


First Prize: $150 and a solo exhibition at the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio Main Gallery

Second Prize: $100

Third Prize: $50



The Coe College Sinclair Galleries is home to two contemporary spaces professionally designed to display art in any media. Sinclair Galleries will concurrently host both River 2 River and the Iowa Clay Conference Presenters Exhibition featuring Matt Kelleher. With their high ceilings and polished concrete floors, these galleries are educational venues that engage the Coe community with the breadth of visual culture on campus, nationally and internationally. Coe College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.