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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – (May, 2017) – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the surrounding region has been selected as site of the 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The conference will take place March 14-17, 2018 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The 2018 conference theme, CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture will explore sources of inspiration that influence and impact work in ceramics today whether grappling to keep clay vital in classrooms, museums, and community settings, or learning from and adapting to the interplay of cultures in the contemporary world. Personal, social and aesthetic forces animate creative work with elemental materials, methods and ideas in the midst of the information age. On-site Conference Liaisons working on behalf of NCECA’s members and board of directors in the greater Pittsburgh region are Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Craft and Shoji Satake, Assistant Professor of Ceramics at West Virginia University. Additionally, their institutions are acting as hosts for the 2018 NCECA conference, along with Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Slippery Rock University, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers/ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) in supporting host roles.

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The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts presents its Annual Exhibition, The Evocative Garden, at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and more throughout Portland, Oregon- February-April 2017

Portland, Oregon The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts will host its 2017 Annual Exhibition, The Evocative Garden, at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center this spring. The exhibition is one of dozens that will be sited throughout the greater Portland, Oregon region concurrently with Future Flux, the organization’s 51st annual conference, which takes place in March 2017. The Evocative Garden will be on view March 4-April 1, 2017 at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, which is located at 8371 North Interstate Avenue in Portland, Oregon, 97217. Conventional hours for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center are Friday–Sunday 12-5pm. Extended days and hours will be available during the week of the NCECA conference, March 17-25, 2017. A public reception will occur during the NCECA Conference from 6:00–9:00pm, Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Artists will be on hand and a cash bar available.

The Evocative Garden, considered NCECA’s Annual Exhibition, is curated by Gail M. Brown, a nationally esteemed curator of contemporary craft from Santa Fe, New Mexico. International in scope, Brown shaped the exhibition around the works of invited artists Megan Bogonovich, Jess Riva Cooper, Kim Dickey, Linda Sormin and Dirk Staschke. She then reviewed some 1000 works submitted by the field of contemporary ceramic art, to expand on her vision. In the call for works, Brown wrote about her concept as envisioning…

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