MFA Welch Fellow Jeff Kuratnick Exhibits at San Angelo National Ceramic Competition

MFA candidate and Welch Fellow, Jeff Kuratnick, has work in the 22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, in San Angelo, Texas, opening this weekend. The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA) hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years, of both sculptural and functional ceramic work, open to residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The juror, Peter Held, selected 111 works by 103 artists from a total of 865 pieces submitted this year. Out of the 103 artists, Georgia State has four artists represented in joining Kuratnick in the exhibition is Ceramics Faculty Darien Arikoski-Johnson and ceramics alumni Michelle Laxalt and Kelly Stevenson (both former Welch Fellow recipients themselves). The exhibition runs April 20– June 24, 2018.

image: “Globus,” stoneware, cone 04, with glass, 2017.

About Jeff Kuratnick

Jeff Kuratnick (b. 1987) is currently a first year master of fine arts candidate in ceramics at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University. In addition to his pursuit of the terminal degree in the ceramics field, Kuratnick is a research consultant for The Marks Project: The Marks Dictionary of American Ceramics, 1946 – Present.

From 2010 – 2017, Jeff was employed as a museum professional.  Most recently, he served as Education Director at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana from 2012 – 2017. For 5 years he developed numerous educational opportunities for the public, including the development of a ceramic arts program and outdoor kiln yard that grew to serve 400+ students annually by the end of his tenure. Prior to his appointment in Montana, Kuratnick worked at the Everhart Museum of Natural History Science and Art in Scranton, Pennsylvania as the institution’s Programs Coordinator from 2010 – 2011. Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, he studied at Keystone College and Shippensburg University, earning a BA in Art Education, K-12 Certification in 2009.

Kuratnick’s work in the Ceramics field includes making, curatorial and research endeavors. Special interests include the history of ceramics in the state of Montana leading up to the formation of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts; and the development of contemporary ceramics in the state that subsequently aided in the restructuring of the field nation-wide.

Jeff is a member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Recent honors include securing contracts with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for special needs art education programs in Montana schools and museums. Recent exhibitions include Small Works, Big State in conjunction with the 2016 NCECA Conference in Kansas City, MO. Recent publications on his collaborative work with the ceramic arts community in Montana include the article ‘Hope & Possibility in Montana Clay’ by Brandon Reintjes – featured in the January 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly.

About the 22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition:

Events built around the exhibition will include workshops, a ceramics symposium at Angelo State University, SAMFA exhibit opening, and Oakes St. galleries openings. The Ceramic Symposium will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20th. The Symposium is free and panelists will include artists and other field specialists. Museum Director, Howard Taylor, will serve as moderator. The full symposium programming runs April 19– April 24, 2018. Learn more at

About the Juror:

Peter Held, is the former Curator of Ceramics, Arizona State University, Ceramics Research Center (2014, ret.). He currently owns an art appraisal and consulting business based in Phoenix, Arizona.