Member Preview – Jurors for “Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque”

Jurors for “Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque”

Next year’s exhibit presented by NMPCA, “Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque” at Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor Center, will be juried by Virgil Ortiz, Camilla Trujillo, and Kim Eichorst, PhD.  The exhibit’s jurying guidelines will include consideration of functional and sculptural ceramic works, from traditional to contemporary, realistic to conceptual, small to large, and pedestal to wall, focusing on the Bosque’s changing four seasons broadly interpreting nature’s cycle of life on the Rio Grande River:  wildlife, bird migrations, agriculture, from seed to harvest, and farm to table.

Virgil Ortiz creates exquisite clay works that are exhibited worldwide.  Coming from a family of celebrated potters, he continues to work and live in the Cochiti Pueblo and has moved into a new era combining art, décor, fashion, video, and film. Knowing that an artist these days needs skills and versatility to compete in the larger, non-Native art world, Virgil’s life-long dream is to preserve traditional Cochiti culture and art forms while inspiring and creating opportunities for the youth in his tribal community.  To know more about Virgil, view a video published by the Virginia Museum of Fine Art on YouTube at

Camilla Trujillo has been studying traditional regional pottery techniques for over 25 years, instructing for 18 years, and shows her pottery at the annual Santa Fe Spanish Market.  A native New Mexican, her love of micaceous clay and traditional firing techniques has infused her own work and fueled her fascination with the region’s unique culture.  She has her own business, Tonita’s Best Balms, and is author of Española: Images of America.  Spanish Colonial Art Society produced television program featuring Camilla can be viewed on YouTube at

Kim Eichhorst, PhD, loves studying the intricacies of bosque ecology,  serves as a Research Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and is Co-director of the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP).  Kim started research on the bosque in 1995 working with Dr. Cliff Crawford (BEMP’s co-founder) on the interaction between herbivores, cottonwoods, and pollution in urban and rural areas.  She often works with student groups and university students and gives public presentations.  Learn more about BEMP at

This three-month exhibit will be July 7 – September 30, 2018, with an Opening Reception on July 7 from 2 – 4 p.m.  Entry submissions for “Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque” will be online at beginning January 8 with an entry deadline of April 20.  

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