BREAKING NEWS

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Announces calendar of Events for 50th Annual Conference 

March 16-19, 2016 in Kansas City, MO

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will host the 50th annual conference March 16-19, 2016 in Kansas City Convention Center. The conference theme, Makers, Mentors and Milestones will explore the personal, social, and aesthetic forces that animate creative work with elemental materials, methods and ideas in the midst of the information age. NCECA anticipates over 5,000 attendees including artists, students, teachers, collectors and enthusiasts. Local residents are encouraged to participate through a variety of free public events and exhibitions including the Gallery Expo, keynote speakers, the 24th Annual Cup Sales and more.

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Conference Scholarships Available for Area Students

NCECA is excited to offer single day pass scholarships to 100 students and 10 teachers from Kansas City area high schools. Students and teachers from schools located in the Kansas City Metro (including schools between Lawrence, KS and St. Joseph, MO) in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for the Val Cushing Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be given the opportunity to attend the 2016 NCECA Conference for free thanks to the generous support of donations from Anne W. Bracker of Bracker’s Good Earth Clay and long-time NCECA member and retired Slippery Rock University professor, Richard Wukich, who was mentored by Val Cushing during his formative years at Alfred University.

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Steve Hilton to be named Fellow of the Council

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -­‐ (November 10, 2016) –NCECA is pleased to bestow this honor upon Wichita Falls resident and Midwestern State University faculty member, Steve Hilton. After studying Environmental Geology and earning a B.S. degree at Missouri State University, Hilton went on to pursue his M.S. there in Art Education. He subsequently earned his M.F.A. at Arizona State University. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Cuba, Japan, Portugal and China.

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Glenda Taylor to be posthumously named Fellow of the Council

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -­‐ (November 10, 2016) –Being named a Fellow of the Council is among NCECA’s highest honors. No more than two individuals may receive this award in any given year. With this award, Glenda Taylor joins a very limited list of influential and creative individuals who have inspired thousands to broaden their horizons and deepen their understanding of ceramic art, teaching and learning.

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Stuart Kestenbaum to be Named Honorary Member of the Council Press Release

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -­‐ (November 10, 2016) – Kansas City, Missouri is preparing to serve as site host of the 50th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The 2016 conference theme, Makers, Mentors and Milestones will explore the personal, social and aesthetic forces that animate creative work with elemental materials, methods and ideas in the midst of the information age. The conference will take place March 16-­‐19, 2016 at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105. During its annual conference, NCECA bestows highly selective awards to individuals who have made significant impact on the field through service, teaching, creative achievement and/ or extraordinary accomplishments.

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 Mr. and Mrs. William Bracker to Receive the Regional Award of Excellence Press Release

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -­‐ (November 10, 2016) – Recipients of the Regional Award for Excellence are individuals who have made an outstanding contribuYon to the ceramic arts within their community or region. With this award, Anne and the late Bill Bracker join a very limited list of influenYal and creaYve individuals who have invigorated their community through their devoYon to clay. As members of NCECA, Bill and Anne aeended the meeYngs of the Council in the early 1970s. In fact, connecYons they made at the annual conference in 1973 led to the Brackers’ move to the midwest where their nurturing influence on the region’s clay community blossomed in impact over the following decades.

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Nina Hole to be named Honorary Member of the Council Press Release

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -­‐ (November 10, 2016) – Kansas City, Missouri is preparing to serve as site host of the 50th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The 2016 conference theme, Makers, Mentors and Milestones will explore the personal, social and aesthetic forces that animate creative work with elemental materials, methods and ideas in the midst of the information age. The conference will take place March 16-­‐19, 2016 at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105. During its annual conference, NCECA bestows highly selective awards to individuals who have made significant impact on the field through service, teaching, creative achievement and/ or extraordinary accomplishments.

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The 2016 Conference Press Release

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – (December 23, 2014) – Kansas City, Missouri and the surrounding region was recently selected as site of the 50th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The conference will take place March 16-19, 2016 at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105.

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The 2015 Conference Press Release

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – (NOVEMBER 26, 2014) – The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is hosting its 49th Annual Conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street in Providence from March 25-28, 2015. The conference theme, Lively Experiments, pays homage to Rhode Island’s founding charter and joins ceramic art’s historic engagement with empirical research and discovery to today’s evolving creative commons. Salve Regina University and Rhode Island School of Design will play the role of conference host organizations and provid venues for important exhibitions surrounding the conference.

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