Collection: Longwell Museum Artaxis Invitational Exhibition

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The Artaxis Invitational at Crowder College’s Longwell Museum features work from 22 internationally renowned ceramic artists who push the limits of contemporary art and craft. Artaxis is an artist-run organization with nearly 1000 members from all 50 states and over 50 different countries worldwide.

This exhibition was designed as a celebration of the diverse and expansive practices of professional ceramic artists from the Artaxis membership. Unlike many exhibitions that pick a central theme or form to organize around, the Artaxis Invitational showcases everything from functional pottery to video installations. Participating artists live and work all over the US and represent a variety of different skillsets, viewpoints, and professional experiences. 

As an Invitational exhibition, artists nominated and invited one another. This approach of artists supporting artists grew directly from Artaxis’ central mission:  promoting and enriching the field of ceramics, while functioning as a direct and unobtrusive conduit between viewer and artist. 

The exhibition runs from September 1st to October 20th. There will be a closing reception October 20th from 5-7pm at the Longwell Museum featuring food and entertainment. The Longwell Museum is open Monday – Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm, Closed Weekends, holidays, and between exhibits.

For questions or information call 414.455.5470 or email Josh Novak, Director: or the Fine Arts Assistant at

Participating Artists:

Renata Cassiano Alvarez, Eliza Au, Ian Bassett, Jason Briggs, Paul Briggs, Adam Chau, Marisa Finos, Brian Harper, Natasha Hovey, Sam Johnson, Mika Negishi Laidlaw, Linda Lopez, Didem Mert, Gregg Moore, Kyounghwa Oh, Jarred Pfeiffer, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Josh Van Stippen, Bobby Tso, Adam Welch, Casey Whittier, Jenchi Wu

About Longwell Museum at Crowder College

Established in 1970 as a teaching museum, the Crowder College Museum of Arts and Sciences was an exciting addition to the college. Built on a desire to educate students in the rich traditions of Ozark Culture, a small band of directors and supporters began collecting examples of local art work. The first exhibits were organized from the homes of area residents. This early inclusion of local supporters in the inner working of the museum set a precedent for donations and patrons that thrives today.

About Artaxis

A non-profit 501c(3) organization, the mission of Artaxis is to provide a peer-reviewed source of contemporary artwork in ceramics and sculpture. Utilized as a resource by instructors, students, gallerists, curators, the general public, and contemporary artists, strives to promote and enrich the field, while functioning as a direct and unobtrusive conduit between viewer and artist.

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