Selected Publications, Grants and Awards

2020     CERAMICS at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Peter Held, Editor

2012      Best of 500 Ceramics, Linda Kopp, Editor, Lark Crafts, Sterling Publishing Co., NC 

2011      Animals & Figures, Ceramics for Beginners, Susan Halls, Editor, Lark Books, NC

2006      500 Animals in Clay, Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form, Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott, Editor, Lark Books, NC

2004      500 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 

2001      Lorenzo Il Magnifico, Award for Sculpture, Florence Biennale, Italy 

1999      Audubon Artists, Award for Sculpture, New York City

1994      New Jersey Eye on the Arts, Channel 6 Documentary, NJ

1992      Sculpting Clay by Leon Nigrosh, US

1989      Claywork by Leon Nigrosh, US

1983      People, People, Cablevision Documentary, NY

1966      Carleton Atherton Memorial Award, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, OH

1964      Louis Comfort Tiffany Award for Design and Development of Architectural Ceramics, US

Other Professional Activity

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

 Institutional Collections

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Arizona State University Museum Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, AZ

Bayside Historical Society, Suite of 9/11 Photos, Bayside, NY

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Collection, Brooklyn, NY

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

Gangjin Ceramics Museum, Gangjin, South Korea

Lima Art Museum, Lima, OH

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC 

Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

Newark Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Collection, Newark, NJ

New Jersey City University Foundation, Jersey City, NJ

New York Historical Society, “Here is New York”, September 11 Photo Archive, New York, NY

Otterbein College, Westerville, OH

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

The Victoria and Albert Museum, Ceramics and Glass Collection, London, England, UK

Selected Exhibitions

2012      Retrospective Show, Curated by Paul Kowalchuk, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ 

2011      Retrospective Show, Kaleidoscope Gallery, City Island, NY

2010      Group 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

2009      Biennial Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Northern Arizona Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ 

2007      Invitational Group Show, Gangjin Celadon Festival, Gangjin, South Korea

2006      Two Person Show, Taller Boricua, New York, NY

2005      Two Person Show, Phoenix Rising Gallery, Seattle, WA

2005      Group Show, Berkeley College, New York, NY

2004      Group 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

2004      One Person Show, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL

2004      One 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

2003      One Person Sculpture Show, Museo Michoacano, Morelia, Mexico

2002      Invitational Show, Curated by Sanford Besser, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

2001      Internazionale Biennale dell' Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

2000-03 SOFA 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

2000      13th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX 

1999      International Juried Show, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

1997      Contemporary New York State Crafts, New York State Museum, Albany, NY

1995      One 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

1991      One Person Show, The Portsmouth Collection, Portsmouth, NH

1989      One 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

1985      New Art in New York, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

1982      One Person Sculpture Show, Wadsworth Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA

1981      One Person Sculpture Show, Handcrafter's Gallery, Portland, ME

1975      One Person Sculpture Show, Clark-Whitney Gallery, Lenox, MA 

1970      One Person Sculpture Show, Wooster Art Center, Wooster, MA

1969      One Person Sculpture Show, Silvermine Guild of Artists, Silvermine, CT

1968      Twenty American Potters, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, UK

1968      Beaux Art Show, Columbus Gallery of Fine Art, Columbus, OH

1967      Sculpture in Clay, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH

1967      Group Show, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY

1966      Exhibition '66, Columbus Gallery of Fine Art, Columbus, OH

1965      10th International Exhibition of Contemporary Crafts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1965      “Collector: Object and Environment”, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY

1964      Curator's Choice, Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1964      Featured Artist, New York World's Fair, New York, NY

1963      Craftsmen of the Eastern United States, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

1961      Invitational Show, Curated by Paul Soldner, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

1958      Group Show, Silvermine Guild of Artists, Silvermine, CT

1956      "Young Americans and Young Scandanavians", Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY

1954-64 Ceramic National Biennial Exhibitions, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

Louis Mendez: Career Highlights

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Mendez Work in Permanent Museum Collections