If you pick up a copy of Ceramics Monthly Magazine’s October edition, you’ll see one of Assistant Professor of Art Andy Casto’s ceramic sculptures featured. Among works from 57 juried artists, Casto’s piece recently won second place in an exhibition in Stockton, California..
In addition to being featured in national publications and performing well in exhibitions, Casto’s work frequently appears in exhibits nationally and internationally. One of his pieces was recently purchased for display at Arizona State University’s Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center for the exhibit, “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft,” which runs through December 7.
Another of Casto’s ceramic works is being featured through December 12 in the 7th Biennale of Ceramics in El Vendrell, Tarragona, Spain. Casto’s piece, “Assemblage 47,” won second place in this international competition; Casto is the only artist from the United States who placed in the top three.
Provost Jan Handler understands the value of Casto’s work being displayed broadly saying, “Having your work judged alongside accomplished artists from other states or nations takes initiative as well as skill, and I’m sure there’s always a level of anxiety involved! Events like the international juried competition contribute to our classroom experiences and the artistic life of the campus, and I’m delighted to be able to support faculty like Andy, across disciplines, in showcasing Mount Mercy’s talents for a wider audience. “
Casto’s love of sculpture manifests itself on campus not only through his in-class teaching, but also in the popular Art Club campus-wide activity, Pottery Night. Since its inception last year, Pottery Night has drawn crowds ranging from 50-80 students. Casto is always available during these events to help beginners try their hand at working with clay and maneuvering the pottery wheel.