San Bernardino County Artist Adds Creative Works to Human Rights Efforts


Foundation: Inland Empire Community Foundation

"I had previously been a two-dimensional art major with drawing and illustration and once I was able to switch over to that super tactile medium and create in three dimensions, all of my creative thoughts just started to accumulate, then be produced," says Cj Jilek, a ceramic artist from California's San Bernardino County.

Jilek's latest exhibit, "Systematic Erosion," at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, is all about human rights and women's rights.

"When I took on this project, it just kind of lent itself to having both an environmental feel and raising awareness around the idea of people's eroding rights around the world right now," Jilek tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Jilek, who has been working in the medium for more than 25 years, says she's always been interested in women's rights.

After completing her MFA degree in 2010, Jilek traveled to Poland to work in the traditional ceramic factories of Boleslawiec.

She went on to teach ceramics in Santa Barbara for 10 years.

Her latest exhibit, "Systematic Erosion," is part of four upcoming exhibits in the region.

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