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NIAD Annex Exhibition // “Whales and Pencil Holders”

September 2, 2022 to September 23, 2022

A person holds a small green fish-shaped ceramic sculpture.

About the exhibition

When NIAD artist Peter Harris is asked which of his ceramic pieces is his favorite, he says with conviction, “I love all of them.” This show is a celebration of “all of them.” The title is drawn from Michael Starofsky’s beautiful series of whale sculptures and pencil holders. Several of these artists are new to working in ceramics, and they are already establishing new forms and vibrant styles. Meanwhile, experienced NIAD ceramicists showcase their newest sculptures and functional ware. Whales and Pencil Holders presents this broad spectrum of subjects and inspiration—enjoy them all.

On view in NIAD’s Main Gallery September 2 through 23.

About the organizer

Emma Spertus (she/her) lives in Berkeley, works in Richmond, and has a studio in Oakland. Her sculptures and architectural interventions are inspired by her varied encounters in the Bay Area. She is interested in highlighting the humor and visual intrigue of banal subjects, from business parks to technology lingo. Spertus is an occasional curator and art event instigator. She enjoys supporting NIAD artists in being curators too.


Related Events

Friday September 9, 1:00PM // Virtual Artist Talk + Curator Walkthrough with ASL translation provided.

Saturday September 10, 1 to 4PM // Gallery Reception at NIAD Art Center

Saturday September 10, 1 to 4PM // Ceramics Sale at NIAD Art Center 


Artists in the Exhibition

Shaun Sanders

Michelle Nonnarath

Fabian Arias

Ann Meade

Alice Sampson

Cassara Wong

Deatra Colbert

Dorian Reid

Heather Hamann

Julio Del Rio

Luis Estrada

Michael Nuñez

Mike Star

Peter Harris


In-person event accessibility:

There are no stairs to enter the NIAD Art Center building. The building is one level. The sidewalk has multiple curb cut-outs and is wide enough for a wheelchair. The building does not have automatic doors. Our restrooms are accessible to people using mobility devices. We do not have gender neutral restrooms. The NIAD Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Accessible restrooms are available. 

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