Mixing Light with Clay: Photographs from the Gladding, McBean Pottery

The entry period for this special juried exhibition is May 1 to July 29th.

The Exhibit will run from September 4 through October 6, 2018.

The Gladding, McBean & Co. factory in Lincoln, California has operated continuously since 1875. Starting as a clay pipe manufacturer, “the pottery” soon expanded its product line and by the end of the 19th century was producing the architectural terra cotta that continues to ornament buildings in major cities across the U.S. and beyond. Between 1996 and 2011, in workshops organized by Gene Kennedy, nearly 300 photographers explored, documented, and interpreted Gladding, McBean. Others made photographs during the annual Feats of Clay ceramics exhibition held at Gladding, McBean from 1987 to 2011.

To celebrate this photographic legacy, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center will host a major photographic exhibit in September 2018. Entitled Mixing Light with Clay: Photographs from the Gladding, McBean Pottery, the exhibit will feature a juried selection of photographs made within the factory and grounds of Gladding, McBean. The exhibit is open to all photographers and all photographic techniques.

Key Facts about the Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: September 4 to October 6, 2018

Location: Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J St., Sacramento

Curator:  Gene Kennedy

Juror:  Mark Citret

Eligibility:  Anyone who has photographed at Gladding, McBean; Any photographic method or medium

Entry Period: May 1 to July 29, 2018

Entry Fee: $25 fee for 1 entry, $40 for 2 or 3 entries; $55 for 4 to 6 entries

Cash Prizes: Best of Show, $300 — Second Place, $200 — Third Place, $100

How to Enter: First read carefully the Exhibit Prospectus, which describes the entry requirements. Then click on Begin Your Entry below.


View the Exhibit Prospectus

Before You Enter ...

  • You must begin your entry by clicking the link below. (Note: While Viewpoint uses EntryThingy software for collecting entries, you cannot submit your entry via the EntryThingy website.)
  • You will be asked to create an account if you do not already have one.
  • Prepare your image files as described in the Prospectus; otherwise, you will not be able to upload them. Having the files in the same folder can simplify uploading.
  • For each image you will upload, the only information you need to provide is the title.
  • If you have problems with the online submission process, please email exhibit@viewpointgallery.org and include "Gladding McBean Exhibit" in the subject line.


Begin Your Entry


About the Juror

Mark Citret, the juror for Mixing Light with Clay and a frequent instructor at the Gladding McBean Photography Workshops, grew up in San Francisco. He began photographing seriously in 1968, and received both his BA and MA in Art from San Francisco State University. Mark has taught photography at the UC Berkeley Extension since 1982 and the UC Santa Cruz Extension since 1988, and for organizations such as the Ansel Adams Gallery and Santa Fe Workshops. His work is represented by prominent photography galleries in the U.S. and is in many museum, corporate, and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago. His books include the monograph Along the Way (1999) and Parallel Landscapes (2016), a four-year study of a massive construction site in San Francisco. He lives in Daly City, California. For more about Mark and his work, visit mcitret.com.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Platinum Sponsor


Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones

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