Louis Mendez Artist, Educator, Bon Vivant


A big collage of many diverse works in clay by Louis Mendez.

Institutional Collections

Selected Exhibitions

Year Event
2012Retrospective Show, Curated by Paul Kowalchuk, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ
2011Retrospective Show, Kaleidoscope Gallery, City Island, NY
2010Group Show, Broadfoot & Broadfoot Gallery, New York, NY
2010"Mentors/Past and Present", NCECA Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2010"Last Loft Show", Puffin Room Foundation, New York, NY
2009Biennial Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Northern Arizona Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ
2007Invitational Group Show, Gangjin Celadon Festival, Gangjin, South Korea
2006Two Person Show, Taller Boricua, New York, NY
2005Two Person Show, Phoenix Rising Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005Group Show, Berkeley College, New York, NY
2004Group Show, Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2004"Theme and Variations in Clay", One Person Show, Curated by Midori Yoshimoto, NJCU Visual Arts Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
2004"Louis Mendez: A Sculptor's Odyssey in Clay", Capeluto Arts, New York, NY
2004One Person Show, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
2004One Person Show, Curated by Robert Keiber, Berkeley College, New York, NY
2003"Manhattan to Mexico…and Back", The Art Alliance, Co-sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute, New York, NY
2003One Person Sculpture Show, Museo Michoacano, Morelia, Mexico
2002Invitational Show, Curated by Sanford Besser, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2001Internazionale Biennale dell'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
2000-03SOFA New York, Represented by Loveed Fine Arts, Lexington Avenue Armory, New York, NY
2000"Materials Hard and Soft", The Meadows Gallery, Center for Visual Arts, Denton, TX
200013th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
1999International Juried Show, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
1997Contemporary New York State Crafts, New York State Museum, Albany, NY
1995One Person Retrospective Show, Ocean County Community College Fine Arts Gallery, Toms River, NJ
1994"Masks and Ceramic Interpretations", Sylvia Ullman Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1993"Objects and Images", The Lanning Gallery, Sedona, AZ
1991One Person Show, The Portsmouth Collection, Portsmouth, NH
1989One Person Show, David Rodale Gallery at the Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA
1988"Caribbean Art: African Influence", Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, NY
1988"Perceptions", Federal Plaza Gallery, New York, NY
1986"Affinity: Seven Latin Artists", 101 Wooster Street Gallery, New York, NY
1985New Art in New York, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
1982One Person Sculpture Show, Wadsworth Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA
1981One Person Sculpture Show, Handcrafter's Gallery, Portland, ME
1975One Person Sculpture Show, Clark-Whitney Gallery, Lenox, MA
1970One Person Sculpture Show, Wooster Art Center, Wooster, MA
1969One Person Sculpture Show, Silvermine Guild of Artists, Silvermine, CT
1968Twenty American Potters, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, UK
1968Beaux Art Show, Columbus Gallery of Fine Art, Columbus, OH
1967Sculpture in Clay, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH
1967Group Show, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY
1966Exhibition '66, Columbus Gallery of Fine Art, Columbus, OH
196510th International Exhibition of Contemporary Crafts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1965"Collector: Object and Environment", Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY
1964Curator's Choice, Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1964Featured Artist, New York World's Fair, New York, NY
1963Craftsmen of the Eastern United States, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
1961Invitational Show, Curated by Paul Soldner, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
1958Group Show, Silvermine Guild of Artists, Silvermine, CT
1956"Young Americans and Young Scandanavians", Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY
1954-64Ceramic National Biennial Exhibitions, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

Selected Publications, Grants and Awards

Year Event
2021HANDS & MINDS, David Gil’s Bennington Potters, Volume I, Susan and David Bonser, Authors/Publishers
2020CERAMICS at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Peter Held, Editor
2012Best of 500 Ceramics, Linda Kopp, Editor, Lark Crafts, Sterling Publishing Co., NC
2011Animals & Figures, Ceramics for Beginners, Susan Halls, Editor, Lark Books, NC
2006500 Animals in Clay, Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form, Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott, Editor, Lark Books, NC
2004500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form, Veronika Gunter, Editor, Lark Books, NC
2003“Louis Mendez: An Addiction to Heads”, by Ronald A. Kuchta, Kerameiki Techni, Greece
2002“Searching the Ancient for the Contemporary – The Ceramics of Louis Mendez”, by Ronald A. Kuchta, Ceramic Art & Perception, Australia
2001Lorenzo Il Magnifico, Award for Sculpture, Florence Biennale, Italy
1999Audubon Artists, Award for Sculpture, New York City
1994New Jersey Eye on the Arts, Channel 6 Documentary, NJ
1992Sculpting Clay by Leon Nigrosh, US
1989Claywork by Leon Nigrosh, US
1983People, People, Cablevision Documentary, NY
1966Carleton Atherton Memorial Award, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, OH
1964Louis Comfort Tiffany Award for Design and Development of Architectural Ceramics, US

Other Professional Activity

Year Event
2007 Exhibitor/Workshop Demonstrator, American Delegation, Gangjin Celadon Festival, Gangjin, South Korea
2005 Adjunct Professor of Ceramics, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
2005 Pottery, Mask and Sculpture Workshops, Manhattan Redevelopment Houses, New York, NY
2004 Clay Handbuilding Sculpture and Pottery Workshop, Monmouth County Park, Lincroft, NJ
2003-05 Clay Handbuilding Sculpture and Pottery Workshops, Clay Education Center, Lodi NJ
2002-03 Sculpture in Clay Lecture and Workshops, Art+Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2002 Artist-in-Residence, A Fuego Lento, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
2001 Artist-in-Residence, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
1999-08 Instructor, Ceramic Sculpture, 92nd Street Y, 60+ Program, New York, NY
1965-68 Associate Professor of Art, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1963-65 Assistant Professor of Art, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1954-61 Various Design Positions: Bennington Potters, VT; Lenox China, Trenton, NJ; Plastic Enterprises, LIC, NY