Artist Dates

b. 1939


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Date of Work



Exhibition poster, lithography




17 1/2"


Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection


Stored: FF_004_B


UND Art Collections Repository

Artist Bio

Clayton G. Bailey was born in Antigo, Wisconsin in 1939 and is now currently active in Port Costa, California. Bailey studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1957 to 1962 where he received his B.S. in Art Education in 1961 and M.S. in Art and Art Education in 1962. Originally starting out as a glass blower, he abandoned it quickly for ceramics. Bailey is most known for his odd and quirky ceramic sculptures and animated scrap metal robots. The slogan "Think Ugly" was painted on the wall of his first ceramics class as a reminder that "beauty" is a familiar and safe attitude towards art and that he and his students should seek out the new, unusual and uncomfortable in the ugly. Bailey has work in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution and several other museums, including his own Bailey Art Museum that was created in 2013 and a sculpture at the University of North Dakota.

Additional Information

This exhibition of sculptures by Clayton Bailey was held at the Robert Else Gallery in Sacramento, California.

Featured in the Student-curated exhibition, Confronting Discomfort: A Series of Disturbing Art, 2021.


Very Good

Condition Notes

Slight creasing


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