VPA Presents Third Annual Ceramics Symposium

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ceramics symposiumThe Visual & Performing Arts Division of Gulf Coast State College is proud to present the third annual Ceramics Symposium: Crafting Communities. The hands-on event will be held April 6 - 9, 2017 in the Amelia G. Tapper Center for the Arts.

The symposium will consist of interactive workshops, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations from a diverse group of professional artists including Forrest Sincoff Gard, Nicole Hays, Erica Passage, Tyler Nicholson, Tammy Marinuzzi, Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph and Mandy Yourick.

Focusing on the intersection of community building and artistic practice, the artists will share the ways they use art as a means to engage communities. They will present their artwork along with a demonstration or workshop showcasing their creative methods or latest project. The topics are diverse and include adventuring with handmade pottery, walking the distance to Pondicherry, India and the need for play in adulthood.

General admission to the event is $60 and $40 for seniors over 60. GCSC and high school students in Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties will be admitted free (with valid student ID) and all other students are $20. Additional information and online registration is available at  

For more information, please contact Tammy Marinuzzi at


symposium schedule

Thursday, April 6, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m Empty Bowls - charity luncheon benefiting Bethel Village ($10)

Friday, April 7, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. On-site Registration, Amelia Center, Room 111
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Lecture: Intro to Socially Engaged Practice by Mandy Yourick
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Slide Presentation: Mandy Yourick
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Workshop: Collaborative clay installation led by Mandy Yourick
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reception: "Fluidity of Place," works by Mandy Yourick

 Saturday, April 8, 2017

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Slide Presentation: Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph and Forrest Sincoff Gard
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Simultaneous Workshop/Demonstration: Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph and Forrest Sincoff Gard
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Slide Presentation: Tyler Nicholson and Erica Passage
1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Workshop/Demonstration: Tyler Nicholson
1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Workshop/Demonstration: Erica Passage
8:00 p.m. Body Art Competition with celebrity judge Nicole Hays (finalist of "Skin Wars" on the Game Show Network)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Lecture: Tammy Marinuzzi/Pondiwalk
9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Pondiwalk led by Tammy Marinuzzi
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Panel discussion with all artists