Michigan Ceramics 2020 will run from October 16th to November 12th


at the BBAC

MCAA presents Michigan Ceramics 2020, a juried exhibition of sculptural ceramics, functional ceramics and ceramic vessel works created by artists across Michigan. Entrance is open to Michigan residents and all MCAA members, regardless of state of residence.

The general public is invited to come to the BBAC to view Michigan Ceramics 2020 – in groups of no more than four.  Masks must be worn at all times & social distancing must be observed. We will monitor exhibit-going traffic & may restrict entry depending upon the number of people in the galleries. (At this time, there will not be opening receptions for scheduled exhibits.)

GALLERY HOURS: Mon.-Thurs., 10am-6pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-4pm

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Participating Artists:


James Adair

Julie Devers

Larry Elliott

Lisa Farris

Sharon Harper

Craig Hinshaw

Steve Kline

Yiu Keung Lee

Carrie Longley

 John Albert Murphy
Honorable Mention: VESSEL for “A Place”

Susan O’Connor

 Russell Orlando
VESSEL Award for “Those to These”
sponsored by the Williams Family Fund

Diana Pancioli

Marcia Polenberg

Patricia Simpson

Susanne Stephenson

Dennis Swartzlander

Zach Tate

 Debbie Thompson
Honorable Mention: FUNCTIONAL for “Petosky Platter”

Maggie Valle

Genevieve Van Zandt
SCULPTURE Award for “Drink these Flowers”

Brian Westrick
FUNCTIONAL Award for “Gray Jar”

Blake Williams
Honorable Mention: SCULPTURE for “Secret Recipe”

Paul Young


Irina Bondarenko

Katrina Bramlage

 Julia Whitney Brown
Honorable Mention: FUNCTIONAL for “Goddess”

 Isabella Comai
Honorable Mention: SCULPTURE for “Basement Floor Painting”

Alyssa Graham

Emily Gunning

Helen Hierta

Susan Mankowski

Margaret Miller

Sydni Oliver

Sarah Olmsted

 Louise Pappageorge
Honorable Mention: VESSEL for “Vessel of Sorrow”

Julia Peterson

Deborah Renner

Hyden Richer

 Holly Ross
SCULPTURE Award for “Soaked”
sponsored by Mayco Colors

Jennifer Rosseter
FUNCTIONAL Award for “My Wolverine Side”
sponsored by AMACO Brent

Ronan Sampson

E.Ingrid Tietz

 David Velez Felix
VESSEL Award for “Transition”
sponsored by the Williams Family Fund

Bobby Veresan

April Walker

Caitlin Zachow


Malcolm Mobutu Smith is Associate professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA degree from the New York College of ceramics at Alfred University in 1996. As an undergraduate, he studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University where he received his BFA in ceramics in 1994. Smith’s professional activities include workshops, lecturers and residencies including visits to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, The Robert McNamara Foundation and an educational exchange tour in China in conjunction with West Virginia University. He has presented numerous workshops and lectures at university and art centers across the country. His works are represented in numerous private and public collections including FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, The Haan Museum and Indiana State Museum.

Smith’s works, both ceramic and drawing, are guided by improvisations that fluctuate between volumetric forms with graphic flatness. His vessels are inspired by the intersections graffiti art, comic books and playful organic abstraction. Generally, his ceramics forms rely on wheel-thrown and hand-built elements, most commonly presented as abstractions of cups, bottles, and vases. In this making practice he merges these forms with his passion for Hip Hop and Jazz as locations for invention and the unexpected. His decorative objects operate as signifiers of an acculturation to aesthetic things reflecting our desires and imaginations. Motivated by these concerns and his own multi-faceted/multi- cultural background Smith’s research is further buoyed by identity politics, CAD/CAM, printmaking and drawing.