1st Place recipient
In 1992, after Wanxin Zhang established his art career as a sculptor in China, he relocated to San Francisco with his family. There, he received his Masters in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in 1996. Now, as a studio sculptor and educator, Zhang is a first-place recipient of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant in 2006, and the Joan Mitchell Grant in 2004. His sculptures have been shown in many galleries and museums around the nation, including solo museum shows at the University of Wyoming Art Museum, the Fresno Art Museum in California, and the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Michigan. His works have been selected to be included in Confrontational Ceramics by Judith Schwartz and in a major editorial by the magazine American Ceramics. Zhang’s collectors are located both nationally and internationally.