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Fall is in the air and the winter chill is upon us, well, everywhere but here in Los Angeles where we're still looking at 90 degree temperatures. The heat won't stop me from investing in a pumpkin for my front porch even though it may disintegrate in the sun. Your volunteer board and key staff are headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, site of our 2014 conference, with exhilaration and excitement. We have scheduled engagements with local leaders in the art and cultural community to fuel awareness about NCECA. We look forward to interacting with our new friends and to spreading the word about our mission and goals. We'll also be working through a long list of items, some of which include planning for our 50th year celebration. You'll be happy to know that we've got some proposals on the table to make the celebration both meaningful and memorable.
We have a strong presence in the field year round. The NCECA sponsored exhibition, Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics was viewed by members of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) as well as the local community during the IAC's general session held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September. We also had NCECA representation at the Ceramics Annual of America gathering in San Francisco and look for signs of us at both Sculptural Objects Functional Art +Design (SOFA) in Chicago and College Art Associations (CAA) annual meeting in New York. We are leaving an impact on the national and international landscape and delighted at the exchanges that transpire while advancing the field with our collective voice.
If you haven't heard yet, NCECA Houston is shaping up to be one of the NOT TO BE MISSED conferences with speakers; Janine Antoni for Keynote, Clayton Bailey for Closing Lecture, Namita Gupta Wiggers invited for Distinguished Lecture and demonstrators; Bede Clarke, Gerit Grimm, Kristen Kieffer and Walter McConnell. That's just a few of the long list of champions that are an essential part of what keeps NCECA so relevant. There will also be more than 125 exhibitions to be seen as well as a host of friends, new and old, to connect with. Be sure to check out the website to see who will be sharing their expertise with us for our Houston conference in a few very short months.
We are in the midst of the presidential debates and becoming acutely aware of how equally important our congressional races are to our daily lives. We have such an amazing opportunity and responsibility to get the vote out. See you at the polls next month with my clay apron on and trim tool in hand.
Registration for the 47th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts recently opened. Discounted Early Bird pricing remains in effect online through midnight EST, January 16, 2013, so act soon to take advantage of best rates. Shop for your membership, conference registration, and all NCECA merchandise at the online store
The preliminary program schedule for NCECA's 47th Annual Conference in Houston, TX is now posted. NCECA will update this pdf on a regular basis as additional information about the times and locations of conference features, presentations and events are confirmed. Extraordinary headliners include keynote speaker Janine Antoni, Randall Session presenter Bill Bowers, Distinguished Lecturer Namita Gupta Wiggers and Closing Lecturer Clayton Bailey. Demonstrating artists include potters Kristen Kieffer and Bede Clark, and sculptors Gerit Grimm and Walter McConnell.
NCECA is excited to sponsor a lecture by 2012 Emerging Artist, Chandra DeBuse at SOFA-Chicago. DeBuse's lecture entitled Work, Play, Hills and Thrills: New Challenges in Studio Pottery takes place from 12:30-1:30pm on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Look for us in room 326 of the Navy Pier's Festival Hall located at 600 East Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
Guests will have an opportunity to meet and interact with NCECA 2012 Emerging Artist Chandra DeBuse, Milwaukee 2014 On-Site Liaison Paul Sacaridiz and NCECA Executive Director, Joshua Green. The event will be free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided and guests are also invited to explore the entire building where various events will be happening concurrently:
NCECA has extended the call for submissions for Student Perspectives and K-12 Programming strand programming leaders until Monday, October 22, 2013. Student Perspectives programming strand represents and opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to identify and lead presentations that are of importance to them and their peers including but not limited to professional pathways and practices, technology, and academic and other developmental opportunities. In 2012, NCECA refreshed the format of K-12 Programming strand to include a carefully selected and topically relevant presentations for K-12 Educators. Pete Pinnell and Lisa Orr have agreed to anchor each day of programming by sharing their unique perspectives on ceramic art in the K-12 educational context.
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