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Denatured Nature\, guest-curated by Virginia S cotchie\, professor of art and head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina\, focuses on contemporary artists who transform the natural qualit ies of the familiar.

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The Scripps College Ceramic Annual–the longest-run ning exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States–opens for its 69th consecutive year on Saturday\, January 26\, 2013 and continues throug h Sunday\, April 7. Titled Denatured Nature\, this Ceramic Annual highlights work from emerging artists as well as celebrated masters in the field of ceramics. The opening reception\, with live music and light refres hments\, will be held on Saturday\, January 26\, 2013\, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Williamson Gallery. On that same day\, from 4 to 5 p.m.\, curator Virg inia Scotchie will give an opening lecture on the exhibition in the Scripps College Humanities Auditorium. These events are free and open to the publi c.

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The Ceramic Annual has historically been an “artist’s choice” exhibit ion\, in which a leading ceramic artist personally selects the works presen ted. This year’s guest curator\, Virginia Scotchie\, is a professor of art and the head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina. Scotchie is a n artist as well as an educator\, whose work can be found in numerous publi c collections\, including Alfred University\, Alfred\, New York\; Asheville Museum of Art\, North Carolina\; Kruithuis Museum\, s’Hertogenbosch\, The Netherlands\; and the Yingee Ceramic Museum\, Taipei\, Taiwan.

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The conce pt behind her current exhibition comes from the field of science. Scotchie took the scientific term\, denature\, meaning to remove or diminish the ori ginal properties of a protein\, and sought artists who alter objects via a variety of techniques—including misdirection and irony— to participate in t he exhibition. Scotchie explained: “Denatured Nature is an exhibit ion that presents ceramic artists who enlist the use of change to explore t he natural qualities of familiar objects.” Those artists include: F rieda Dean\, Alexandra Hibbitt\, Richard Hirsch\, Priscilla Hollingsworth\, Bri Kinard\, Rebecca Manson\, Jon McMillan\, Jeffrey Mongrain\, Kate Rober ts\, and Adam Shiverdecker.

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The exhibition and catalog are generously supported by our sponsors: Bill and Francine Baker\ ; Kirk Delman\; David Furman\; Sonny and Gloria Kamm\; Susan and Brent Mair e\; Ginger and Marlin Miller\; John Regan\; Skutt Ceramic Products\, Inc.\; The Paul Soldner Endowment\; The Joan and David Lincoln Endowment\; and th e Pasadena Arts Alliance.

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