Gala Auctions & After Party at the W Hotel Scottsdale / $150 Per Person
All Inclusive Weekend Package / $550 Per Person
Afterparty Only / $25 Per Person


Thursday, March 4

6 p.m. / ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Welcoming dinner, silent auction and cash & carry preview

Sip a glass of wine, enjoy the company of fellow collectors and tour the renowned collection of the museum’s ceramics in open storage, preview the silent auction and have the first chance to purchase donated ceramics in the cash & carry area.

 A Ten Year Survey

Wanxin Zhang, Poet of
, 2000

Friday, March 5

8:30 a.m. / Meet at the ASU Art Museum
Continental breakfast and Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey preview

Enjoy a continental breakfast and welcome by Gordon Knox, ASU Art Museum director and Peter Held, curator of ceramics. Then enjoy a special preview of the Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey exhibition. San Francisco-based artist Wanxin’s monumental figures in clay are a marriage of historical Asian references with contemporary culture. Inspired by the soldiers of the Qin Terra-cotta army unearthed in Xian, China, Zhang’s large-scale terra cotta figures are marked at once by a collision of cultures; manner of dress, hair fashion and calligraphy drawn from Chinese culture while American peculiarities are added as ironic twists – an added Mickey Mouse hat, basketball or skateboard, or an ordinary tourist’s camera dangling off the shoulders of a figure reeking of two thousand years of history.

10 a.m. / Board bus at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Ron and Masako Berman home tour, lunch provided

Travel by bus to Ron and Masako’s Paradise Valley home to view an extensive collection of ceramics and prints. Ron and Masako have concentrated their collecting activities on ceramics and contemporary prints. Their ceramics collection focuses on Japanese ceramic artists and ceramic artists with ties to the communities of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO and the Phoenix area. Artists in the collection include Jun Kaneko, Goro Suzuki, Akio Takamori, Chris Gustin, Doug Casebeer, Don Reitz, Farraday Newsome, Jeff Reich, Susan Peterson, Juan Quezada, Takashi Nakazato and the Kutani pottery from Japan.

Cosanti Studio

Cosanti studio & foundry

Their significant print collection centers on contemporary masters including Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, Alex Katz and Pablo Picasso. Additionally their collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures includes artists Charles Arnoldi, Sam Francis, David Hockney, Richard Estes and Joel Shapiro.

1–2 p.m. / Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti Studio tour

In 1970, Soleri built Arcosanti in the Arizona desert, a visionary community built upon his principles of sustainable architectural practice. Consanti, where his famed bells are fabricated, help fund this project.

Jarson's home

Scott and Debbie Jarson home,
designed by Will Bruder

2:15–3:45 p.m. / Scott and Debbie Jarson home tour

The copper and glass exterior of the Jarson’s modern 3,400 square foot home in Paradise Valley emerges elegantly from the hillside. Designed by acclaimed Phoenix-based architect Will Bruder, the eco-smart abode provides a perfect backdrop for their for their mid-century furniture, art and guitar collection.

Jun Kaneko

Jun Kaneko’s studio
Omaha, Nebraska

7:30 p.m. / Jun Kaneko lecture Neeb Hall, Room 105 on the ASU Tempe campus. Reception to follow at the Ceramics Research Center.

Enjoy a reserved-seating illustrated lecture by internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko, our gala guest of honor. Jun Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942, coming to the United States in 1963 to continue painting studies at Chouinard Institute of Art when his introduction to Fred Marer drew him to sculptural ceramics. He proceeded to study with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, and Jerry Rothman in California during the time now defined as The Contemporary Ceramics Movement in America.

His artwork appears in numerous international and national solo and group exhibitions annually, and is included in more than seventy museum collections. He has realized over thirty public art commissions in the United States and Japan and is the recipient of national, state and organization fellowships. Based in Omaha since 1986 and in his current studio since 1990, Kaneko works fluently in diverse media and fields in the arts.

Heard Museum Indian Market

Heard Museum Indian
Fair and Market

Saturday, March 6

9 a.m. / Board bus at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
9:30–11 a.m. / Tour the Heard Museum’s 52nd Annual Indian Fair & Market

The Heard Museum’s Indian Market, one of the largest of its kind, brings native arts enthusiasts from all over the country to view the art of over 700 talented artists showing pottery, jewelry, baskets and weavings and more.

Artist and master printer maker John Armstrong

Artist and master printer
maker John Armstrong

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Lunch and a tour at Armstrong-Prior, Inc.

Armstrong-Prior Inc. is a multi-faceted arts business encompassing fine arts printing, publishing and arts brokering. Joan Prior has curated some of the most prominent private and corporate art collections in Arizona. John Armstrong is a master printer, artist, fine-art framer and exhibition designer. Artists who have printed with Armstrong include Rudy Autio, Jun Kaneko, Don Reitz and Akio Takamori.

The Lieberman home

The Lieberman home
in Scottsdale

1:30–2:30 p.m. / Tour of Sara and David Lieberman home

Recently featured in Phoenix Home & Garden magazine, tour the first-class collection of Sara & David Lieberman in their beautiful Scottsdale home, which was remodeled in 2007 to accommodate their world-class ceramics and basket collections. Everywhere you look there is magnificent art, both inside and outdoors; a stunning Jun Kaneko head graces their backyard. Their international ceramics collection will get you in the mood for the weekend's auctions; their contemporary baskets forecast a new direction for the ASU Art Museum's collecting.
Bus returns to the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in the late afternoon

Richard Cleaver, Night, 2009

Richard Cleaver,
Night, 2009

4:30 p.m. / Ceram•A•Rama: A (Really) Progressive Affair Registration, Silent Auction and Cash & Carry at the Ceramics Research Center

The highpoint of the Ceram•A•Rama weekend is the gala evening of festivities including a cocktail hour and a silent auction of more than 150 pieces.

6:30 p.m. Bus shuttles you to Camelview Optima in Scottsdale for the live auction & stand-up dinner. Transportation provided.

7:30 p.m. The live auction features 25 ceramic works including the work of Ralph Bacerra, Richard Cleaver, Anne Jun Kaneko, Drew Potter, Kurt Weiser, among others. Auctioneer Mike Casey ensures for fast and furious bidding! Stand-up dinner served.

W Hotel in Scottsdale

W Hotel in Scottsdale

8:30 p.m. Dessert, coffee, DJ music & dancing at the W Hotel Scottsdale.

End the evening in this elegant rooftop setting where guests mingle informally at one of Scottsdale’s chicest night spots.

Proceeds benefit the exhibition, education and collection programs of the Ceramics Research Center. Catch a sneak preview of the live and silent auction pieces at the ASU Art Museum.

Gallerist Agnese Udinotti home

Agnese Udinotti’s home

Sunday, March 7

9:30 a.m. / Board bus at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
10 a.m. – noon / Private brunch and presentation at the Udinotti home

Travel by bus to a private brunch at artist Agnese Udinotti’s Paradise Valley home. Greek-born Udinotti is a longtime Scottsdale gallery owner. She represents nationally recognized ceramic artists Rudy Autio, Stephen DeStaebler Don Reitz. In November 2007, she opened the Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art on her property, which is available for tour during the brunch. Udinotti also works in the figurative tradition. Her home and studio reflect her unique heritage and artistic interests.

Gala coordinater / Cyndi Coon / 480.734.5178 /

Proceeds from the auction benefit the education and exhibition programs of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center.