GoggleWorks is excited to welcome work from across the country in the 14th Annual Juried Exhibition. This year the exhibition centers on 3D work from talented artists working in a range of media. Artists selected by this years juror, Chris Rodgers, are working in media as diverse as blown glass, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, furniture design, and mixed media assemblage. 
From the Juror:
“Historically the art object has been created by hand and tool, and selected from nature; clay, wood, stone, bone, shell, etc. for spiritual or daily use. But as societies have changed over time so have the materials selected for making sculpture. Even the very act of selecting an object and declaring it as art is now sculpture. Our very understanding of sculpture is tethered to the society, place, and time that these art objects exist within. But in a world that is full of the endlessly abundant commodified object, how do we come to connect to a particular locale, or to understand the global world where we are now living?
Two-dimensional works of art are contained with some sort of boundary; there is a frame between the world we occupy and that which is imagined, but they are typically created to be seen in full. Sculptures exist as three-dimensional objects that occupy space. These objects, or things, for they are something with mass and weight, exist in relation to their surroundings. Sculpture is also elusive, it is not possible to experience an object all at once from all angles. Display expands the experience of art objects. Connections between the different artworks, the space, and the viewer come together to form a unique moment.”
About the Juror:
Chris M. Rodgers is a native of Charleston, WV where he earned his BA from West Virginia State University. He spent several years teaching English in Beijing, China before continuing his education at Kansas State University through their post-baccalaureate program and then on to study ceramics at Tainan National University of the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan. He earned his MFA at the University of Arkansas in the spring of 2019. While at the University of Arkansas he organized several exhibitions, including “UARK LAMP” during NCECA 2019, at Forage Modern Workshop, Minneapolis, MN and “UARK U-haul” during NCECA 2018, at Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. He was also the sUgAR Gallery Manager and curated the exhibition “Bound and Boundless.” Rodgers has recently attended several artist residency programs including c.r.e.t.a. Rome, Rome, Italy; Watershed Center for the Ceramics Arts, Maine; Ox-Bow School of Art, Michigan; and Casa Lü Tlalpan, Mexico City, Mexico. He was awarded the Governor’s Purchase Award at the 2019 West Virginia Juried Exhibition. He currently lives in Philadelphia, PA and is a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio and the ceramics tech at the University of the Arts.