Mark Rigsby, associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Art and Design department and director of the Museum of Art was selected as one of America’s finest artists and craftsmen and recently exhibited at the 31st annual Smithsonian Craft Show on April 24-29 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Martha Stewart served as honorary chairman and special guest.
Exemplifying innovation, creativity and technical merit, the Smithsonian Craft Show featured 121 superb craft artists from across the country. Each of the 2013 exhibitors reflected the story of contemporary American craft in one of 12 categories: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. The 121 exhibitors were selected from over 1,200 applicants and no artist is ever included without being juried into the show. This year’s show included artists from 30 states, as well as 44 first-time exhibitors.
Rigsby was selected in the ceramics category for his innovative work in porcelain. The work he exhibited at the show consisted of a recent body of sculptural vessel forms made from English porcelain, constructed using a combination of potter’s wheel and hand construction techniques.
Rigsby's creative research focuses on ceramic sculpture, as well as utilitarian wood-fired and soda-fired porcelain and stoneware. He is a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, exhibits his work throughout the country, and is represented by numerous fine craft galleries across the Southeast.