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Dear {cst_name_cp},

Welcome to the New format of NCECA e-News, a monthly newsletter delivered directly to your inbox full of timely information about upcoming NCECA events & opportunities. We also welcome member articles. To submit an article for consideration, please contact us.

Please note that due to scheduled maintenance to NCECA's membership database, you may be unable to process on-line transactions or access your account on Thursday, July 28 from 9 pm to midnight Eastern Time.

Note from the President

Since I last wrote, your NCECA board has had a responsibility-filled late spring and summer. There are two major exhibitions under development, our Sprit of Ceramics film Linda Arbuckle: Fresh Color on Pottery has been picked up for national streaming to NETA-affiliated stations and the Board has been engaged in a budgeting process that involves challenging debates. Difficult decisions lie ahead as we move closer to approval. Due in part to well-performing investments, NCECA is able to close out the 2010-11 fiscal year on a positive note. The lower than anticipated conference attendance in 2011 coupled with the resource reductions facing many academic institutions, schools, businesses and individuals demand that the Board be responsible in projecting attendance for the 2012 conference in Seattle. Our Seattle On Sites, Marge Levy and Wally Bivins, along with Programs Director, Steve Hilton led the Board through a process of program selection for the Seattle Conference. The lineup is stellar thanks to the quality submissions from our members and solicitations from the Board. (The Shared Journeys II Symposium should also be very fine!) If you are not yet sure about whether you will attend the 2012 conference in Seattle, I want to let you know that additional details on the program will be coming soon. This experience in the Pacific Northwest is one you will not want to miss. If your NCECA membership may have lapsed, please consider renewing today. Your active membership plays a key role in shaping the programming, ideas and artwork presented at the annual conference. The payment of dues also provides a source of operating revenue that enables NCECA to continue its work. We are truly a member-driven organization in all of our facets.

Respectfully, Keith J. Williams


Call for 2012 Emerging Artists

Are you an early career, professional artist AND an NCECA Member?
The NCECA Emerging Artist program is intended to give early career artists, who show exceptional promise, the opportunity to present their work to an international audience at the NCECA Annual Conference. Applications are welcomed from emerging professionals in the field of ceramics. Deadline August 30, 2011. Click here to apply!

Shared Journeys II

Early registration deadline extended to September 5, 2011 at midnight EST
In response to member feedback, the deadline for discounted early registration for Shared Journeys II has been extended. We understand that summertime is full of scheduling challenges for many of our members. We hope that this enables more of our membership to take advantage of the discounted rate for this exciting reciprocal event. Shared Journeys II: Chinese/ American Ceramic Art & Education takes place October 14-16 at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Programming includes lectures, demonstrations and exhibition, shared meals and networking opportunities. Shoji Satake of West Virginia University who has been developing symposium programming recently returned from China. Learn more and watch for program updates at


Exhibitions Update

It's been a busy summer of planning for NCECA Exhibitions Director Linda Ganstrom and Projects Manager, Kate Vorhaus. Together they have been organizing entries for two upcoming exhibitions. Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence runs at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities from September 15- November 13, 2011 and features 70 works by 39 artists who reside west of the Mississippi River. PUSH PLAY - NCECA's 2012 Invitational exhibition runs at the Belleview Arts Museum from January 19 - June 17, 2012.

To read the complete Exhibition update, please click THIS LINK.


MSU - Artist in Residence

Artist In Residence (one year)
Midwestern State University - Ceramics Department
Dates: September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012
Application deadline: July 31, 2011

This self-directed residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment while enhancing the art program at Midwestern State University. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramics studio at Midwestern, go to:


SOFA WEST: Santa Fe 2011

SOFA WEST: Santa Fe 2011
Moving History: An Insider Tour of Acoma Pueblo and Pottery
8:30 am - 6:30 pm - August 2, 2011

Be part of an intimate day visit to the ancient, high-mesa pueblo village of Acoma led by Dr. Bruce Bernstein, Executive Director, Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) and the Santa Fe Indian Market. Learn about the extraordinary history and traditions of Southwest Pueblo societies; meet traditional potters demonstrating the ancient spiritual practices, techniques and materials of Pueblo pottery; and enjoy a Pueblo lunch provided by the daughters of the late Lucy Lewis, who are themselves respected Acoma potters. Click Acoma Pueblo and Pottery Tour for details and registration information. Presented in conjunction with the SOFA WEST: Santa Fe 2011 art fair, August 4-7, Santa Fe Convention Center.


In Memory of: Gerry Eskin

NCECA mourns the passing of past advisory committee member, Gerry Eskin Businessman turned artist, Gerald Eskin, passed away earlier this summer. After retiring in 1995 from Information Resources Inc., a company he co-founded in the 1970s, he turned his energies to ceramics and sculpture working with Chuck Hindes at the University of Iowa. Beginning with plates and cups his work ultimately evolved into large-scale pieces inspired by sarcophagus-like burial containers or ossuaries. For a time, Eskin served as a Chairman of NCECA's advisory board. Hindes, said of his friend, 'His real strength was in sculpture." In addition to designing and developing the University of Iowa Art Museum's ceramics collection, Eskin recently presented exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, and SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier. In the catalog for Eskin's 2010 exhibition at the Figge Art Museum, his close friend Jun Kaneko wrote, "In all the things that Gerry Eskin creates, there is a basic sense of humanity," Eskin's work is held in major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



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In This Edition

Note from the President


Call for 2012
Emerging Artists


Shared Journeys II:
Deadline Extended


Exhibitions Update


MSU: Artist In Residence


Santa Fe 2011


In Memory of:
Gerry Eskin




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