Current News and Events:

The Vessel: Form and Function Location: The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 Dates: April 20, 2024- March 30, 2025 For more information:

Archived News:

43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition

Feb. 17 - June 2, 2024

225 West Second Street
Davenport, Iowa


The Rock Island Art Guild and the Figge Art Museum are proud to present the 43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition featuring a selection of artists living within 200 miles of the Figge Art Museum. This exhibition has been organized by the Rock Island Art Guild since 1970 and hosted by the Figge Art Museum since 2016.

City Living and Pueblo Buildings are in By Land or Sea @ ShockBoxx Gallery in Hermosa Beach, CA

Open Blossom and Unfurling Floral Form will be in the Visions in Clay 2023 exhibition @ the LH Horton Jr. Gallery, from August 28 – September 21, 2023

San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 9520


Serpentine Form and Mottled Tripod Vase will be on display in the FROM THE EARTH exhibition @ the Kavanagh Gallery, June 29 - August 9, 2023

Fine Line Creative Arts Center

37W570 Bolcum Rd
St Charles IL 60175


Striated Vortex Vessel is included in GALEX 56

April 1st - May 6th, 2023 @ Galesburg Community Arts Center, 349 East Main Street, Galesburg, Illinois 

A juried exhibition of ceramics, fiber, glass, metal,  and wood

@ the Rocky Mount Imperial Centre

Exhibition dates: Jan. 20 - April 23, 2023


Variegated Coral Bouquet
Variegated Coral Bouquet

Variegated Coral Bouquet is included in the "Earth and Fire" exhibition at Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling, West Virginia
Exhibition Dates: Feb. 24 - March 31, 2023
Opening reception is Feb. 24, 2023, 6:30 -8:30pm

Juried by Meaghan Gates
On display August 12 - September 24, 2022

Clay Center of New Orleans
1001 S Broad Street, Unit 116
New Orleans, LA 70125

(504) 517-3721

DARK CORAL BOUQUET AND URCHIN VESSEL are coming to the Visions In Clay 2022 exhibition!
(Juror, Rachel Gotlieb, curator of ceramics at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.)

Gallery Exhibition: September 1 – 23, 2022
Opening Reception: September 1, 5:00 – 7:00p.m.
Online Exhibition: September 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
An online exhibition with works for sale will be posted on the Gallery website

LH Horton Jr. Gallery
San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207


Short Textured Bouquet, Tall Textured Bouquet, and Weathered Sandstone Vessel were included in the Contemporary Clay
Biennial Juried Exhibit 2022 (Fong Choo, Juror)!


Dates: May 13 – June 25, 2022
The Art Center
1803 N 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501


The Art Center’s Contemporary Clay Biennial began in 2006. In the past 16 years it has grown to be a stellar exhibition featuring artwork from top artists in the contemporary ceramic field. This year’s juror, Fong Choo, has chosen 92 pieces to be exhibited from the 146 entries submitted. Along with the juried artworks, the invitational component to Contemporary Clay allowed Fong Choo to select a small group of professional colleagues to show contemporary ceramic work from nationally known artists.

Hard and Soft: Contrasts in Nature

This exhibition @ the Quad City Arts' Rock Island Gallery runs through June 24, 2022!

Reception: May 6, 2022
Dates of the Exhibition: 5/6/22-6/24/22

Mottled Tripod Vase is included in the 24th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition!
Exhibition dates:
April 8th -- June 26th, 2022
@ the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

Floral Cluster is included in "Flourish"

Flourish is an exhibition of artworks that feature floral and botanical artworks from across the country! The open call for artists reached 39 states. 268 artists submitted for a total of 996 submissions, and d’Art’s Gallery Manager, and the juror, Diane Husson, selected 65 pieces from 58 artists from 25 states for the exhibition!

Date: April 28, 2022 - May 21, 2022

Location: d’Art Center


Address: 740 Boush Street Norfolk, VA 23510




Cost:Free admission and open to the public.

Link:More information on website.


Tall Coral Swirl Vase and Urchin Vessel are included in the Handcrafted Juried Art Show @ Rocky Mount Imperial Centre!

270 Gay St.
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

January 14th - April 17th, 2022

Two of my building sculptures are included in the SCENE exhibition located in Norfolk, VA.


This online exhibit is a beautiful expression of the majesty, mystery, and power that our planet holds. 
A big thank you again to ALL who entered and congratulations to our featured artists:

Soulaf Abas, Sean Free Alcala, Kayla Andrus, Debra Archibald, Catherine Armistead, Willow Banks, Steven Barger, T Barny, Julienne Beblo, Timothy Bergeron, Ricardo Beron, Saba Besier, Melanie Bisbach, Lee-Margaret Borland, Linda Celestian, Rosie Connelly, Thomas Crawford, Donna Dangott, Sofia del Pedregal, Mark Dierker, Rosalyn Driscoll, Samantha Dziubek, Orna Feldman, Chloe Finley, Daniel Franc, Susan Gaylord, Marita Gootee, Melodie Grubbs, Lizz Hamilton, Susanna Harris, Allison Heddon, Lee Heintze, Diane Hemingway, Tom Hessel, Sandra Hildreth, Kenzie Holzinger, Rick Hurst, Jeremy Janus, Jacob Jimerson, Lynne Miller Jones, Michael Jorgensen, Jouni Kaipia, Marian Keeler, Dawnice Kerchaert, Karey Kessler, Cindy Konits, Marie Krajan, Renate Kuprian, Jill Law, Ulrika Leander, Patricia Leeds, Claire Lima, Terry Longtin, Flavia Lovatelli, Connie Lowell, Judith Lungen, Soni Martin, Sophia Moreau, Fiona Morehouse, Marjorie Moskowitz, Barbara Murak, Chloe Niclas, Christine O'Dell-Ferguson, Valerie Ordas, Sara Pajunen, Lisa Palladino, Nancy Perry, Michael Potts, Trish Poupard, Alan Paine Radebaugh, David Robinson, Liz Ruest, Tobin Schmuck, Petra Schott, Trevor Shea, Alma Shoaf, Elizabeth Shriver, Steve Sorensen, Tatiana Soteropoulos, Andra Stanton, Erin Starr, Peter Szarmach, Barbara Tabachnick, Shiho Takahashi, Anne Thiam, Ann Turley, Roman Tybinko, Amy Usdin, Betty Vera, Travis Vermilye, Scott Ward, Amy Williams, Arlene Wohl, Irene Yesley, and Anne Yoncha.

APRIL 17, 2020 - May 23, 2020
John Beckelman | Andrew Casto | Firat Erdim | Mary Merkel-Hess | Elizabeth Shriver | Aaron Tinder | Amy Uthus


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An Invitational Exhibition @ the Muscatine Art Center:


January 18 - April 12, 2020

Offering perspectives of women working in the visual arts in Iowa, this exhibition honors the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, while looking to the future of the women's rights movement, and progress yet to be made.

 311 Gallery LANDSCAPES and SEASCAPES Juried Show

September 2019 – Landscapes and Seascapes

311 Gallery is excited to host its annual national juried exhibition, Landscapes and Seascapes, showcasing artists’ ongoing conversation with nature. The exhibition will be up until September 28, 2019.

Photos of the "Hard and Soft" exhibition in Ames



at the Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA

Show runs July 13th through August 30th, 2019

Closing reception on August 30th,

5:00 - 7:00 PM




April 5 – June 29, 2019

Wichita, KS

Off Center: 3rd Annual International Ceramic Art Show

April 5-May18, 2019

Variegated Coral Bouquet

Blue Line Arts

405 Vernon St. Ste. 100 Roseville, CA 95678



Large Floral Pod is coming soon to River 2 River and the Iowa Clay Conference! 
Exhibition Dates:
September 7th – October 6th 2018
Closing Reception:
October 6th 5:00pm - 7:00pm with Jurors remarks @ 5:30
Coe College Sinclair Art Galleries
1220 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
For more information:

Coral Bouquet will be in the upcoming 311 Gallery LANDSCAPES and SEASCAPES Juried Show!
(Runs from Thursday September 6 through Saturday September 29, 2018)
311 Gallery
311 West Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601


  • June 23 @ 10:00 am - August 12 @ 5:00 pm

“Feats of Clay” is the theme of this year’s juried group show at Lanesboro Arts Gallery. The exhibition features creative interpretations and variations on the medium of clay by 17 artists working in a variety of ceramic styles. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. and runs through August 12, 2018.”
"Gallery Director Robbie Brokken explains that Feats of Clay showcases both mixed media pieces and those made only of clay, including sculptures and functional ware from both traditional and newer, fantasy-based styles. Brokken elaborates sharing, “From the surreal creations of Jeremy Jones and the narrative storytelling of Eva Margaret to the work of Elizabeth Shriver that closely imitates nature, this exhibit is a fun opportunity to experience how diverse the medium of clay can really be. It can morph into almost anything.”
103 Parkway Ave N
PO Box 152

Lanesboro, MN 55949 USA


Exhibition dates: June 8th - July 21st, 2018

Location: Blue Line Arts 

Flora and Fauna

Featuring artists from around the country, this group exhibition juried by Shoko Teruyama celebrates ceramic work involving imagery and/or forms relating to plants and animals.

ceramic vessels, sculptures and wall-mounted work, this exhibition will be on display June 1 through July 21, 2018 in the Clay Center’s gallery space in the heart of New Orleans.

ArtEgg Studios Building

1001 South Broad Street, Unit 116
New Orleans, LA 70125

Contemporary Clay 2018

The Western Colorado Center for the Arts offers this
international, juried biennial in the spring of every
even year. Contemporary Clay aims to showcase the
latest developments in ceramic art. The exhibition
is open to sculptural and functional work and instal-
lation art. We also welcome collaborative projects
(between two or more artists) and mixed media work
that uses clay as its primary material. The WCCA is a
hub for ceramics on the Western Slope, and we revel
in the opportunity to see how ceramicists in other
parts of the world engage with the field. At its core,
Contemporary Clay is an exchange of ideas, and we
invite artists everywhere to participate.

The show runs from May 11 - June 23

MWSU Clay Guild – Off the Table: Clay for the Wall 2018

              Potter Fine Arts Gallery
              Missouri Western State University
              4525 Downs Drive
              St. Joseph, MO  64507

Exhibition opens Feb.23rd, with reception 6-8PM

Exhibition closes March 23rd
Juror: Novie Trump

@Florida CraftArt, in St.Petersburg, Florida

February 10-March 24, 2018

Lightheaded: New Directions in Fine Craft Lighting
Curators Mary Anna Murphy and Catherine Woods.
This exhibit promises to make viewers take a renewed look at fine-craft lighting. It presents new materials paired with lighting, shows current trends in using LED lights, and pushes the audience to consider amping up the art in their own home lighting.
February 10, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Opening reception
March 24, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Closing reception

9" x  5" x  5"
Barnacle Lantern
Fluted Vase
Fluted Vase

"Naked and Refined”

Exhibit Dates: May 4 till 28, 2017



1511 S Main Street | Las Vegas | NV | 89104


@The Quad City International Airport Gallery

Dates: March / April 2017

For more information, contact :



Fluted Vase
Fluted Vase

See Fluted Vase at the Freeport Art Museum!

The Freeport Art Museum's 13th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition
November 11, 2016 - February 18, 2017
Opening Reception Friday November 11th, 5-8 PM
Freeport Art Museum 121 North Harlem Freeport, IL

Exhibiting Artists:  Pamela Andros, Jean Apgar, Nick Baxter, Sara Slee Brown, Jim Davis, Doug DeWitt, Mark Dierker, Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky, Joan Geary, Sarvin Haghighi, Carol Hamilton, David Hauptschein, Eric Hazeltine, Eric Hazeltine, Kathleen Isacson, Stephen Jensen, Katsy Johnson, Yvette Kaiser Smith, Deanna Krueger, Cindy Lesperance, Bert Leveille, Judy Lipman Shechter, Bob Logsdon, Jeanne Ludeke, Benjamin Madeska, Carol Mantey, Janice Meister, Taylor Mezo, Leah Mitchell, Paul Nitsche, Paul Pinzarrone, Gina Robbins, Kathleen Roman, Kathryn Scott, Elizabeth Shriver, Dan Spahn, Frank Spidale, Rebecca Stahr, Randal Stringer, Daniel Tajlili, Linda Vietmeyer, Candace Wark and Shirley Nannini, Zachary Williams, Sandra Wilson

Coming in Feb. 2017:

See: Weathered Sandstone Vessel in the Nature: Surface, Form, Content exhibition, at the Clay Studio of Missoula


February 3-24, 2017 - juried by Adrian Arleo

Nature: Surface, Form, Content, at the Clay Studio of Missoula, is an exhibition showcasing ceramic work that explores the connections to nature in either formal or conceptual approaches.

October 8 – November 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8th, 6:00-9:00pm

The American Museum of Ceramic Art is proud to announce its inaugural AMOCA Ceramics Juried Annual. The theme for 2016 is biomorphism and highlights current trends of biomorphic exploration in the field of ceramics. The exhibition includes sculptural and functional biomorphic work investigating form and surface reminiscent of plants, animals, and living organisms.

Invited Artists
Eva Champaign, Carol Gouthro, Laura Height, Koung Hwa Ho, and Carrie Lonley.

Juried Artists
Ted Adler, Caitlin Albritton, M.C. Armstrong, Sasha Bakaric, Hayne Bayless, Nina Berinstein, Karen Blankenship, Dino Capaldi, Jessica Calderwood, Sara Catapano, Alexandra Corrin, Phillip Counselman, Kit Davenport, Wendy DeLeon, Gina Lawson Egan, Melody Evans, Julia Feld, Whitney Forsyth, Meaghan Gates, Raymond Gonzalez, Sarah Hagan, Jennifer Halli, Kristina Hamm, Shane Harris, Kirsten Heteji, Brooke Hine, Stephen Horn, Beth Huhtala, Sally Jackson, Laura Jacobson, David Kiddie, David Knorr, Malia Landis, Stephanie Lanter, Arline Link, Sarah Logan, Joshua Maier, Laurie Morris, Mark Muscarello, CJ Niehaus, Helen Otterson, Sara Parent-Ramos, Denise Romecki, Raymond Rorke, Christine Rose, Angelica Sandoval, Elizabeth Shiver, Cynthia Siegel, Jamie Bates Slone, Maria Spiess, Keri Straka, Shannon Sullivan, Brittany Sundheim, Lauren Tolbert, David Traylor, Mallory Wetherell, Katie White, Heather Wright, Shiyuan Xu, and Fred Yokel.

Cj Jilek

"Balance" and "Dark Embrace" are in the Divided Attraction Exhibition starting on April 8th.

Divided Attraction is a juried exhibition open to artists working in all three-dimensional medium, functional or sculptural. Exhibition will showcase accepted contemporary artworks addressing the nature of magnitude, duality and connectivity.

Exhibition dates: April 8th-May 28th

Gilded Pear Gallery
808 Third Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

Opening Reception- April 8th 5-8pm

"Dark Embrace"
"Dark Embrace"

Interwoven Vessel was chosen for the 2016 All-Media show at the Octagon Center for the Arts, one of 69 pieces of artwork selected from 350 works submitted from across the United States.

Interwoven Vessel received an Honorary Mention in the  2016 All-Media show at the Octagon Center for the Arts, in Ames, IA


The show runs January 29,  – Sat, April 2, 2016, MAIN AND SWEENEY GALLERIES

Weathered Sandstone Vessel and Urchin Vessel were selected for the12th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, November 13, 2015 - January 23, 2016 at Freeport Art Museum:

Weathered Sandstone Vessel
Weathered Sandstone Vessel
Urchin Vessel
Urchin Vessel



From the Daily Iowan:


Returning Clay to Nature



As picturesque as a coral reef, Elizabeth Shriver’s art, displayed in the Chait Galleries, 218 E. Washington St., aims to pay homage to the free-flowing structures of nature.

“I’m trying to achieve something that’s beautiful and lifelike and yet not actually replicating nature,” she said. “I want it to be something different but that evokes that feeling of something growing.”

Shriver is a ceramics artist. But instead of using a pottery wheel, the Iowa native prefers to craft her pieces out of clay slabs and coils.

“I do a lot of building with slabs,” she said. “Which is basically just a flat piece of clay that you can cut into any shape you want.”

A selection of Shriver’s pieces wrapped up their display in the Chait Galleries today. Emily Wolfe, a gallery attendant, said Shriver’s 3D pieces stand out from the rest of the gallery’s visual array.

“We don’t carry a lot of ceramic work, so she has that corner in the market,” Wolfe said. “Her pieces are very organic and natural. We usually just have 2D work, so having some 3D sculptures is a nice addition to round out the artwork that we have.”

Shriver did not expect to become a ceramics artist growing up.

“[Art] was something I always knew I wanted to do,” she said. “I didn’t know I would end up doing ceramics; that was a surprise.”

Her discovery of the medium happened while attending the University of Iowa in the 1980s.

“I was majoring in psychology, but I was taking art classes,” she said. “I’d taken some drawing, painting, and I just decided to try ceramics.”

She also credits her instructor for spurring her passion in the medium. 

“I had a really good instructor. She was inspiring, and I just found I loved it,” she said. “I couldn’t sleep at night because I had images of things I wanted to make.”

Today, Shriver spends her time working on sculpture, which can be an intensive process. A piece titled Coral Bouquet took her around 40 hours to complete, which, Shriver said, she labored on five to six hours a day to the point the sculpture was so massive that it could barely be squeezed in her kiln.

For all artists and aspiring artists, Shriver has a piece of advice.

“It’s kind of a cliché, but get a day job if you can because you’re free to do what you want with your art, rather than having to do some bread and butter work,” she said. “But it helps to just be flexible with your work. And don’t give up.”

This piece was selected for the 2015 Biennial Quad-State Exhibition in Quincy, IL

The exhibition, which ran from July through September, featured 100 artworks selected from 465 entries representing 4 states (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri) in the Midwest.


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Spherical Swirl Lantern
Spherical Swirl Lantern
Interwoven Vessel, detail
Interwoven Vessel, detail

Large Floral Pod, 16" x 16" x 16"
Large Floral Pod, 16" x 16" x 16"
Small Seed Pod
Small Seed Pod
Small Coral Bouquet
Small Coral Bouquet