Empty Bowls 2016 Ceramic Show & Sale
The Wichita Falls Museum of Art (WFMA) at Midwestern State University will be hosting the 2016 Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale to be held in conjunction with Empty Bowls, a fundraiser to benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, set for Tuesday, October 11 at the WFMA. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the museum. The Gallery Exhibit will be juried by Paul McCoy from Baylor University. The exhibit will provide an opportunity for ceramic artists to exhibit their work at the WFMA. We look forward to the WFMA patrons and Empty Bowls attendees experiencing the mastery of your ceramic art work.
2016 Juror: Paul McCoy, Director-Allbritton Art Institute, Ceramist-in-Residence & Professor of Art; Baylor University
Raised in Chicago’s south side, Paul McCoy began working in clay in 1964 under the direction of Daniel Edler at Scattergood Friends School, a boarding school in rural West Branch, Iowa. He taught ceramics in Chicago-area high schools for several years before moving to Texas to work in the oilfields. During this period, McCoy enrolled in evening ceramics courses at the University of Houston/Clear Lake, where he spent two years working under the supervision of Professor Nick de Vries, who McCoy credits as one of his most significant influences and mentors. After completing his graduate studies at the University of Iowa, McCoy moved to Waco in 1986 to direct the ceramics program at Baylor University.
McCoy’s creative endeavors embrace both functional and sculptural ceramics. His work has been exhibited, published, and collected at national and international levels for the past 21 years.
MFA, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) BA, Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL)
Entry Form / Artist Agreement deadline (via email or postmarked by)………………… August 22, 2016
Deadline for receipt of Show Piece AND 3 bowl entry fee……………………………… September 16, 2016
Juror lecture presentation…………………………………………………………………………………. September 29, 2016 6:00 PM
Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception………………………………………………………………… September 29, 2016 5:30-7:30 PM
Exhibition open to the public………………………………………………………………………….. September 29 – October 22, 2016
Purchased Artwork pick up……………………………………………………………………………… October 25, 2016
*The WFMA is closed to the public Sundays and Mondays
Return shipping on all unsold artwork……………………………………………………………. November 1, 2016
All works submitted must be original and must use clay as the primary material.
The piece should be a wall piece or pedestal piece that will fit pedestal tops of 24 x 24”, 18 x 32”, or 18 x 28”. These are the only pedestals available. Pieces must fit comfortably on one of these pedestals OR be ready to hang on the wall. No floor pieces or installations will be accepted.
The entry fee for the Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale is three (3) donated, functional food safe bowls that event attendees will bid on as part of a silent auction or select as their souvenir bowl.
Juror & Prizes
The Empty Bowls Ceramic Show will be juried by Paul McCoy, Director and Professor of Ceramic Art at the Baylor University. Cash prizes will total $2,750 for 5 awards, delineated as such: 1st place: $1,000, 2nd place: $750, 3rd place: $500, Two Honorable Mentions: $250.
Please complete the Entry Form / Artist Agreement page and submit electronically or by postal mail no later than Monday, August 22, 2016. Postal mail agreements must be postmarked by the August 22nd deadline.
All show pieces must be for sale and state a retail price which includes a minimum benefit of 50% to Empty Bowls/WFAFB. This must be received by Friday, September 16, 2016. Absolutely no late entries will be accepted.
In addition to the show piece, you must include three (3) entry fee bowls no later the September 16th deadline.
By entering the Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale, the artist gives the WFMA and Empty Bowls/WFAFB permission to use images for publicity purposes for the event and exhibition.
Again, absolutely no late entries will be accepted.
Entry fee bowls and show pieces must be received by Friday, September 16. Please make arrangements accordingly.
You are financially responsible for the shipping to the WFMA, return shipping, and in-transit insurance both ways for your work. When you ship your piece for the show, you MUST also include a pre-paid UPS or FEDEX return shipping label for the return shipping of your piece.
Your work may also be hand delivered to the WFMA on or before Friday, September 16.
Work not received or delivered in-house at the WFMA by Friday, September 16 by 5:00 PM CST, will not be accepted. Absolutely no exceptions will be made in fairness to each submitting artist.
Please put your name on your box(es).
Please do not tape bubble wrap with packing tape.
Please do not ship work with styro-foam peanuts.
Shipping Address Show Pieces and Entry Bowls:
ATTN: Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU
2 Eureka Circle
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Thank you for your consideration and participation. Your talents paired with this endeavor will enrich the lives of the community that surrounds you, providing thousands of meals for those less fortunate.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:
Empty Bowls Gallery Exhibit Chair
(940) 766-2322 or (940) 642-1716
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry Form / Artist Agreement
Thank you for your involvement with the 2016 Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale. We are proud to have you as a partner in this event as we work together to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in our community.
As a participant in the Empty Bowls show, we need some personal information in order to properly process your piece and acknowledge your involvement at:
- the exhibit reception on Thursday, September 29;
- the Empty Bowls luncheon on Tuesday, October 11; and
- via the Empty Bowls website (emptybowlswf.org).
Name as you wish it to appear on printed materials:
City, State, Zip: _______________________________________________________________
Home/Work Phone: _________________ Cell Phone: _____________________
Professional designations/Titles/Degrees obtained: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Year degree(s) obtained: ______________________________________________
Name of selected piece: ______________________________________________
Wall piece __________ Pedestal piece __________
Size of selected piece (actual dimensions appreciated): _________________________
Brief description of selected piece (clay body, firing technique, etc.)
Retail price of selected piece: _____________________________________________________
I wish to contribute __________ 50% of profit to Empty Bowls/WFAFB.
__________ 100% of profit to Empty Bowls/WFAFB.
NOTE: We also welcome your submission of a biography statement, not to exceed 250 words, for inclusion on the Empty Bowls website.
Please send this completed form to one of the following – NO later than Tuesday, August 22nd:
Electronically: email email@example.com OR fax number: 940-766-4429
Postal mail: Empty Bowls, 1230 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls, Texas 76302
*** MUST be postmarked by August 22, 2016 ***
Empty Bowls Fact Sheet
Simply put, Empty Bowls is a community-wide event to ensure that fewer people in the Wichita Falls and surrounding communities go home to an “empty bowl.”
This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 11 from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University. Proceeds benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.
Empty Bowls began in Wichita Falls in 2012 under the leadership of Paula Perkins and Leslie Schaffner. Over the past three years, The Steering Committee, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Staff, Donors, Artists, Restaurants, and Volunteers have given selflessly to raise almost $234,000 to make sure fewer bowls go unfilled in our community.
Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots movement that has raised millions of dollars towards the fight against hunger.
The basic premise of Empty Bowls is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators, and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.
The expressed objectives of Empty Bowls are to:
- Raise money to feed hungry people. Lives are in the balance.
- Increase awareness of hunger and related issues. Through education, awareness, and action, concerned individuals can change human attitudes that allow hunger to exist.
- Advocate for arts education. Nurturing the creative process through the arts enhances the possibility of finding new solutions to old problems.
The first Empty Bowls project began over twenty years ago as a one-time lunch event at a high school in Detroit to help raise money for a student food drive. Art teacher, John Hartom, challenged his students to keep their bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.
Empty Bowls is unique in that it does not have headquarters, directors, or guidelines. Each individual event is a distinct experience, unmatched by any other, designed to channel monies raised to meet needs of the local community. The promotion and growth of the Empty Bowls concept is managed by The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Empty Bowls projects are a great example of how so many people can give, even a little bit, and make a targeted impact in their communities.
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank * wfafb.org
1230 Midwestern Parkway * Wichita Falls, Texas 76302 * 940-766-2322
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank & Hunger Fact Sheet
Proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank (WFAFB) in its Mission to feed the hungry within a 12-county radius in North Texas. The WFAFB is a private, non-profit, charitable corporation which serves as a clearinghouse for the collection, storage, and distribution of surplus food through a network of almost 200 Partner Agencies involved in feeding those who are food insecure. Founded in 1982, the WFAFB is a member of Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org) and the Feeding Texas (www.feedingtexas.org).
The WFAFB serves Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Haskell, Jack, Knox, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young counties. In this vast service area, 1 in 6 persons of all ages awakens in the morning, unsure if he or she will eat that day. Staggeringly, children account for 1 in 4 persons. To help meet that startling need in 2015, the WFAFB distributed:
- 7 million pounds of food to Partner Agencies
- 125,000+ hot meals to children at Kids’ Café sites
- 70,000+ PowerPak 4 Kids BackPaks to area elementary and pre-teen students
- Over 1 million pounds of fresh fruits/vegetables to food insecure families
Through the 3.7 million pounds of food distributed by the WFAFB, an equivalent of over 3.1 million meals were provided to clients during 2015. This figure does not include people receiving meals or snacks through senior centers, day care facilities, or after-school programs.
The WFAFB continuously explores new and unique ways to obtain more food for distribution but is grateful to a responsive community and the many individuals and organizations who keep its Mission alive. Through your monetary support, the WFAFB can provide enough food for 100 meals with each $30 contribution.