Clemson Art Chair nominated to the International Academy of Ceramics Clemson News


Professor Valerie Zimany, chair of the art department at Clemson University, was one of ten American artists inducted into the International Academy of Ceramics in 2021. Zimany was nominated by members from Japan, the United Kingdom United and United States. Candidates elected by the Board will be presented at the 2022 General Assembly in Geneva by the President of the Academy.

“I am honored to be elected as a new member of the IAC,” said Zimany. “My international education has allowed me to establish friends and colleagues around the world, and these relationships are among the most meaningful experiences that sustain me as an artist.”

Founded in 1952, the IAC promotes international communication and collaboration among ceramic artists and encourages the highest level of quality in all-ceramic cultures. It is the only association dedicated to the clay industry that operates at the international level. Since 1958, it has been a partner of UNESCO, preserving ceramic art from around the world. Members of the organization represent 77 countries around the world.

I believe in diversity and inclusion as fundamental tenets of ceramics as a field and its shared global language across borders and practices.

Valerie Zimany, Chair, Clemson Art Department

Being an elected member of the IAC signifies the highest standard of excellence and achievement in the ceramic arts and introduces members to an international community that promotes contemporary ceramics through an extensive network of artists, critics, historians, writers, collectors, museums, galleries and establishments in the field. The interaction between its members fosters understanding and cultural exchange and its collective contributions significantly advance ceramic art around the world. The members of the IAC are regularly invited to participate in congresses, residences, to submit articles for publication as well as to be invited to be part of the jury of exhibitions and international competitions.

“I believe in diversity and inclusion as fundamental tenets of ceramics as a field and its shared global language across borders and practices,” Zimany said. “I will wholeheartedly serve the mission of the IAC.”

Zimany’s career followed an international route. She earned her MFA at Kanazawa College of Art as a Fulbright Scholar and Japanese Government Scholar (Monbusho), and she spent three years in residence at Utatsuyama Craft Studio in Kanazawa, Japan. Japan. In 2011, she returned to the Kanazawa Institute of Art and Design as a visiting scholar under the U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays program.

His work is also held or exhibited in a number of overseas collections, including the Taipei Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan; the World Ceramics Museum in Icheon, Korea and the National Museum of Slovenia in Metelkova, Slovenia. She contributes to the international conversation on the broader field of ceramics through her work, research, publications, travels, international workshops, grants, special projects and conferences. His work is part of the collections of public institutions in nine countries and continues to be recognized internationally.

Learn more about Zimany’s works on his website and on his profile on the ACI website.

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