Ceramic Competition & Invitational

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years. The competition is open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. All work completed within the last two years, both functional and sculptural, is eligible.

The San Angelo Ceramic Invitational 2021
April 23 - June 27, 2021

   Featuring Ariel Bowman, Brooks Oliver, and Gregory Tegarden





Left: Haute Couture
by Ariel Bowman

Center: Legs4Days
by Brooks Oliver

Right: Untitled
by Gregory Tegarden


Schedule of Events • April 22 – 26, 2021

Hosted By:
San AngeloMuseum of Fine Arts
The OldChickenFarmArtCenter

San AngeloMuseum Endowment for Ceramic Events
Darlene and John Williams
Trinity Ceramic Supply
San Angelo Area Foundation
San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council

Supporting Participants:
San Angelo Cultural District
Downtown San Angelo, Inc.
San Angelo Convention and Visitors Bureau

April 22 – Thursday

Ceramic Workshop with Randy Brodnax (continues over the weekend) ($25.00 per person) 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Old Chicken Farm Art Center, 2505 Martin Luther King Boulevard
PAY at the DOOR 


April 23 - Friday      

Thirty-Sixth Annual Ceramic Symposium · 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Meeting Room, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
Panelists: Invited Artists Ariel Bowman, Brooks Oliver, and Gregory Tegarden. Moderator: Howard J. Taylor     

Opening Reception: 2021 San Angelo Ceramic Invitational Exhibition ·  5:00 - 8:00 pm         
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts     
Invited Artists: Ariel Bowman, Brooks Oliver, Gregory Tegarden

Also on display: Legacy of a Potter: The Work of Roger Allen and Light, Color, Beauty: A Selection of Ceramics, Spanish Colonial Art, Texas Art, and Glass

Opening Reception: SuzHornerArt: Work by Suzanne Horner, Emily Gomez, Debbie Carroll and Val Hague · 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Studio Rio, 423 S. Oakes Street

Opening Reception: San Juan College: Hot Damn Pottery · 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Featuring the ceramic works of Don Ellis, Matt Bahe and advanced students of San Juan College from Farmington, New Mexico.
Gallery Verde, 417 S. Oakes Street

Opening Reception: Chicken and the Clay: A 50 Year Legacy · 5:00 - 8:00 pm
A group ceramic exhibit featuring artists from the Old Chicken Farm Art Center, Coop Gallery, 427 S. Oakes Street (FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY)

Downtown Strong/Downtown Stroll · 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Visit local shops, restaurants, and organizations. Enjoy light refreshments, music, fine art displays and event discounts from various participants!

Oakes Street galleries and many downtown venues are within easy walking distance of the museum.

Layla’s Cajun Kitchen food truck will be parked on the corner of Oakes and Love Street, on Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm and on Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm

Music by Darren Morrison & Tony Blair 5-8 pm * Friday only

April 24 – Saturday

Invited Artist Workshop with Ariel Bowman, Brooks Oliver, and Gregory Tegarden · 9:00 am - 3:00 pm * Pay at the Door
($45 regular admission; $25 for students)
Old Chicken Farm Art Center, 2505 Martin Luther King Boulevard

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Open · 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibitions at Oakes Street Galleries Continue · 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gallery Verde and the Studio Rio - 417 S. Oakes and 423 S. Oakes

Layla’s Cajun Kitchen food truck will be parked on the corner of Oakes and Love Street, Saturday from 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Openings at the Art Center · 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Chicken Farm studios will be open with new work.

Texas Downhome Dinner and Dance · 6:00 pm
($12.00 per person) Old Chicken Farm Art Center PAY at the DOOR

April 25 – Sunday

Exhibitions at Oakes Street Galleries Continue · 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Gallery Verde and the Coop Gallery--417 S. Oakes and 423 S. Oakes

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Open · 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Layla’s Cajun Kitchen food truck will be serving beignets at the corner of Oakes and Love Street, Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

April 26 – Monday

Walk-Talk by Randy Brodnax, John and Darlene Williams
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts · 12:00 - 1:00 pm  

Masks are required at all indoor venues, and when seated at the workshops. Most events are free and open to the public. If there is a fee for admission, it is listed under the event.

The Ceramic Invitational will be on display from April 23 through June 27, 2021.


Randy Brodnax, a life-long potter and educator, creates everything from functional dinnerware to large decorative vessels to clay sculpture. A Louisiana native, Randy has retained much of the Cajun joie de vivre with which he was raised, and has spent a career building bridges among clay artists of all levels of experience. In workshops, Randy entertains as he shares his knowledge with participants, and helps individuals seeking a refined focus, new direction, or simply camaraderie among clay artists. He has conducted workshops in every state, as well as Canada and Mexico, for major corporations, small businesses, schools and special interest groups. “It would take countless pages to trace all the activities over the years,” Randy states. “It has been fun!”

 Ariel Bowman - Invited Artist

Ariel Bowman was raised in Dallas, Texas where her parents are both artists.Growing up, she spent a lot of time outside with animals. The undeveloped woodlands that surrounded her childhood home inspired her to create art that focused on the natural world. As a sculptor, Ariel works in clay using a variety of mixed media techniques.

Clay is the most influential material that Ariel has worked with. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011, and an Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in 2018. She has studied abroad at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary and was awarded the Regina K. Brown NCECA undergraduate and graduate fellowships. Ariel has been an artist in residence at the Armory Art Center and her work has been collected by the Kamm Teapot Foundation, the Belger Arts Center, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

 Brooks Oliver - Invited Artist

Brooks Oliver is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Ceramics at the University of North Texas and a studio artist based out of Denton, Texas. He recently completed a long-term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.  He received his MFA from The Pennsylvania State University, his BFA at Southern Methodist University, and completed his post baccalaureate studies at Syracuse University.  He taught in Jindezhen, China in 2016 with West Virginia University and regularly teaches workshops in and out of university settings, including at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Anderson Ranch. In 2017 he was named an Emerging Artist by the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). He actively exhibits his work and has recently been included in exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, UIlrich Museum of Art, the LacosteKean Gallery, Northern Clay Center, The Archie Bray Foundation, the Artstream Nomadic Gallery, the Dallas Pottery Invitational, the Penland Gallery, Belger Crane Yard, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum.

 Gregory Tegarden- Invited Artist

Gregory J. Tegarden is a Clayer and an Associate Professor of Art at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He received a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and a Bachelors of Science in Botany from Sul Ross State University. He interned with Daniel Johnston for two summers in 2009 and 2010, where he learned a traditional Thai method of coil building/turning large ceramic vessels.

His studio work consists functional ceramics that are influenced by the Chihuahaun Desert, the Southwest, and the austere environment found inside a kiln. All his pieces have some form of local clay or glaze materials embedded in them. Inspired by a love of plants and the desert, Gregory creates work that speak of the environment and geological time found in the landscape around him.


The learn more about Past Ceramic Competitions click HERE.