Perforated “paper” airplanes made from porcelain soar delicately overhead in Jennifer Holt’s untitled piece, while cords and copper wire mix with glazed ceramic to challenge use of the medium in Steve Belz’s Bound.

These pieces are featured in the Northern Arizona University Art Museum’s 2011 National Juried Ceramic Exhibition this week, along with works by 40 ceramic artists from across the nation, including NAU students and alumni.

The exhibit opens Oct. 18, followed by a public reception from 5
to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. The 50 pieces will remain on display through Nov. 23.

The exhibit was co-juried by George Speer, director of the NAU Art Museum, and Jason Hess, associate professor of ceramics at NAU.

“Jason and I chose works that demonstrated innovative uses of the medium,” Speer said. “We also were struck by how many contributors evoked the body, nature and science of their submissions—there are subtle themes sustained among the pieces.”

Notable local artists in the show include NAU alumnus Eugene Brosseau and Steve Schaeffer, assistant professor of practice in NAU’s School of Art.

The event is free and open to the public with a suggested $2 donation. The NAU Art Museum, located in the Old Main building, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For information, visit the museum’s website or call (928) 523-3471.