Octagon Center for the Arts

50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood

National All-Media Exhibit

January 26 - April 7, 2018

Reception January 26, 2018, 5-7PM, Awards at 6:00


2018 marks the 50th annual All-Media juried exhibit at the Octagon Center for the Arts. The first Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood opened in 1968, two years after the organization's founding in 1966. The Octagon was founded out of the community's desire to provide exciting art experiences for the public and professional opportunities for artists. This show the organization's attempt to fully embody the founding vision. As a result, it has a reputation for being one of the best group juried shows in Iowa due to its national reach, high standards for jurors, and significant cash awards. The title of the show reflects a media-focused theme. The founders believed that many art forms seen as lowly "crafts," such as ceramics or woodworking, should be elevated to compete with the level of other "fine" arts. The idea of excellent craftsmanship combined with compelling ideas continues to be a central theme as artwork is selected. This is the longest repeating exhibit at the Octagon and is responsible for bringing some of the most prestigious artwork into the community.


Juror: Peter Pinnell

Peter Pinnell’s first professional position was as Artist in Residence at the Octagon Art Center in Ames, Iowa, a position he held from 1984 to 1987. “I loved the Octagon, and my wife and I loved living in Ames. It was the perfect place for me at that point in my career”. After leaving Ames, Pinnell spent eight years in Kansas City, working as a studio potter and teaching part-time at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1995 Pinnell was offered a faculty position at the University of Nebraska, where he is now Professor of Art.

In addition to his teaching, Pinnell writes, lectures and exhibits his pottery widely. Over the last 20 years he has been an active presenter with NCECA (the National council on Education in the Ceramics Arts), and his ceramics column, “As Far as I Know” has appeared in Clay Times magazine since 1998. His artwork has appeared in exhibitions across the US and in a number of venues overseas.


The Details

  • 65 Artworks to be displayed from entries gathered from across the United States.
  • Entry Fee: $25 for Non-Members, $20 for Members (Early Bird)
  • Entry Fee: $35 for Non-Members, $30 for Members (Non-Early Bird)
  • Entry Limit of 3 pieces per artist. 

For further information, please read through the entry guidelines.


Winifred V. Brown Best of Show:  $1,000

First Place:  $500 

Second Place:  $250 

Third Place:  $100

(3) Board of Directors Special Media Awards: $100*

*To celebrate that this is the 50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood show, additional awards for excellence will be given in the media named in the title of the show.

Exhibit Timeline 2018

Early Bird Submission Deadline: November 12, 2017 ($25 Entry fee, Members $20)
Submissions Due: December 3, 2017 

Notification of Jury Results: December 11, 2017
Artwork Delivery Dates: December 12-15 & December 18-21, 2017
Opening Reception: January 26, 5-7PM. Awards at 6:00.

Artwork Pickup Dates: April 9-13, 2018
Artwork Ship Date: April 16, 2018

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