TONIGHT!- June 13 Meeting features Clay Jensen – sculpture

Following the Mini Art Show for members and our short business meeting, Clay Jensen will make a presentation on his sand cast bronze sculpture. He will show a short video of a studio bronze pour.  He is a process/material based artist and teacher who will be showing images of both the work and the way it is made.

The artist has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay area for more than 35 years and lives in Lafayette, California. He has been teaching sculpture at the California College of the Arts since 1987.

During this time, his work has referenced the urban industrial environment as a parallel contrast with the vast spaces of the State of Utah where he was born and raised. He considers his work to be introspective and humanistic which can be read as a visual diary with personal observations documenting his changing perceptions of urban life.

Jensen originally worked in wood, but switched to metal when he moved to the urban Bay area because it was a better fit for the work and his imagery. He has an extensive mixed media background but steel fabrication, painting, bronze casting and patina and have become his primary mediums.

Peter Voulkos and Marylin Levine were mentors and lifelong friends whose work in abstract ways followed traditional clay roots of pottery – vessel and container.

Clay Jensen has exhibited his work in galleries and museums throughout the United States. He has numerous works in public and private collections internationally. He received a National Endowments for the Arts Apprenticeship Grant as well as the SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has been published and reviewed extensively in major periodicals and publications. He has taught sculpture at the University of California at Berkeley, San Jose State University, University of Montana and the University of Utah.

The meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7:00 pm with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.

El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information about this program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996 or bdaniell1943@gmail.com. For more information about the Association, see http://www.elcerritoart.org. The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.