H.O.T. Clay (Handbuilt Or Thrown) is a student organization comprised of current students of the University of Florida. The mission of H.O.T. Clay is to increase the awareness and understanding of the ceramic arts. We hold regular meetings, where the membership mobilizes to organize sales of ceramic works to raise funds for various projects. These projects include: funding student travel to the annual NCECA conference, visiting artist programming, guest lectures and more. Student members work together to choose visiting artists, and sponsor the visiting artist events. Planning and implementation of H.O.T. Clay events are an integral part of students’ professional practice resources. Installing exhibits, designing promotional material, advertising, and organizing events provide members with experiences for their post-academic career.
The Garry R. Libby Gallery located in the main lobby of Fine Arts Building C, on the University of Florida campus. It is an 850-square-foot space that presents art exhibitions which are organized by graduate student curators, in conjunction with the director of the galleries, providing an opportunity for students to learn experientially about curation, exhibition design, and presentation, and visitors to view professionally presented shows that primarily feature contemporary art. The Gary R. Libby Gallery is located adjacent to the lobby of the School of Art + Art History’s, on the first floor.
Carin Sankus is a second year Ceramics MFA candidate at the University of Florida. She received her BFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She was a post-baccalaureate student at Temple University, Tyler School of Art. Previous to studying in Florida, Carin worked for a non-profit arts organization and as a public high school art teacher in New Jersey.