MARCH 12–MARCH 17, 2018









Led and curated by Linda Ganstrom with Kate Lydon, Shoji Satake, and Leigh Taylor Mickelson for NCECA

Collectors’ Tour for NCECA’s 52nd Annual Conference, CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture

The 2018 NCECA Collectors Tour promises an exciting week of experiences designed for collectors of ceramic art. The 2018 conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Pittsburgh is taking shape with a dynamic itinerary of studio and collection visits, curatorial and artistic connections, and insider opportunities to collect work exhibited at select exhibitions from the more than 100 shows surrounding NCECA’s upcoming conference.

The 2018 NCECA Collectors Tour will commence Monday morning, March 12 and conclude Saturday, March 17, 2018 following presentations by emerging artists and the conference closing lecture by influential artist and activist, Richard Notkin.

NCECA’s exclusive Collectors Tour will extend to important exhibitions, collections and organizations throughout the Pittsburgh region. Collectors will also participate in special experiences integrated within CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, NCECA’s 52nd Annual Conference taking place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from March 14-17, 2018. The conference will include lectures, artist demonstrations and thought provoking discussions on conditions that shape and influence ceramic art in history and the contemporary world.

Registration for the 2018 NCECA Collectors Tour will be limited due to the nature of the experiences being created. Included will be insider access to leading art and artists, as well as special engagements with museums and private collections. Tour participants will gain early access to thoughtfully selected exhibitions and have advance purchasing opportunities while enjoying a few shared meals, conversations and interactions with prominent and emerging artists.

Assisting Linda Ganstrom’s leadership and design of the tour will be NCECA’s current Exhibitions Director Leigh Taylor Mickelson of the Clay Art Center (Portchester, NY), Onsite Conference Liaisons Kate Lydon of the Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh) and Shoji Satake of West Virginia University. NCECA will also be inviting special guests from the Pittsburgh region’s art community and leading artists from NCECA’s membership to add texture, national and global perspective to the week’s experiences.

A practicing artist for more than 30 years and full-time and university educator for more than two decades, through her ceramic sculpture, Linda Ganstrom explores personal issues to explore universal questions and qualities of the human condition. Her childhood spent on a farm in central Kansas is manifest in Ganstrom’s early creative inquiry through themes of nature, growth, and transformation. Concerns of more current work include the roles of women, memory, family, spirituality, gender and personal identity. Linda taught for seven years at Barton Community College before joining the faculty at Fort Hays State University where she directs undergraduate and graduate studies in ceramic art. Ganstrom served as NCECA exhibitions director for six years and helped organize memorable shows featuring national and international artists at the Tampa Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, and Milwaukee Art Museum during her tenure.

NCECA is holding a special block of 20 rooms for 2018 Collectors’ Tour registrants. Please contact Jacqueline Hardy when you register for information about booking these rooms.

The $1650 registration fee includes conference registration, membership, exhibition catalog, motor coach transportation to tour sites, a donation to NCECA and a few shared meals. Travel to and accommodations in Pittsburgh are not included in the registration fee. Contact Jacqueline Hardy at office@nceca.net or 303-828-2811 to reserve a place.

For info and reservations contact NCECA Membership Coordinator: Jacqueline Hardy
303-828-2811 or 866-266-2322 – office@nceca.net

Because NCECA’s 2018 Collectors Tour was designed with exclusive experiences and held to a very limited capacity NCECA respectfully establishes that the following cancellation policy be honored:

Cancellation requests received by midnight EST, February 1, 2018 will be assessed a $50 processing fee and the $250 tax-deductible donation to NCECA that was built into the registration fee. Those requesting a refund by this deadline, if already paid in full will receive $1350.

Cancellation requests received after midnight, EST on February 1, and before midnight, EST February 10 will be assessed a $550 fee plus a $250 tax-deductible donation to NCECA (a refund of $850 if paid in full).

Cancellation requests after February 10 will be non-refundable.

Retention of fees or portions of fees are necessary because NCECA Collectors’ Tour includes special experiences that require NCECA to limit the number of registrants and make financial commitments to service providers and vendors.