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The NCECA Juried Student Exhibition each year provides an opportunity for students across North America to show some of their best work. It is a chance for each student’s work to be seen by the largest, most diverse, and concentrated group of ceramic makers, thinkers, and exhibitors. It is an opportunity unlike any other. The call for entries for the 2020 exhibition resulted in a record number of applicants in which 314 students from all levels submitted. Of all the pieces presented, 50 were selected for the exhibition from 48 artists. This exhibition is a sample of the type of work being produced by students at this very moment in time. We feel it is important to acknowledge that the students that are eligible to apply for this opportunity all attend colleges and universities in North America, however, these works represent individuals from many different cultural backgrounds, all with a variety of paths that have led them to and from this occasion. This is our moment to applaud all of the students with the work selected. Congratulations on a job well done!

Overall, the quality of work submitted this year provided a challenge, as jurors Salvador Jiménez-Flores and Virginia Scotchie narrowed down over 900 images to pieces they both believe best represented the way students are thinking and making across the continent. All the applicants, whether in the exhibition this year or not, deserve recognition. Thank you all for your research and time put into developing your pieces, as it is your work that will carry our field into the future. We encourage you to continue showing exactly the kind of makers, thinkers, and innovators you all are.

NCECA Juried Student Exhibition (NJSE) Awardees 

NCECA Graduate Awards for Student Excellence

  • 1st Place: Lukas Easton, Urban Strata Alfred University, Alfred NY
  • 2nd Place: Kourtney Stone, Bodily Memories From My Mom’s Side Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • 3rd Place: Kayla Barta, Old Stomping Grounds Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 

NCECA Undergraduate Awards for Student Excellence

  • 1st Place:Nicole McLaughlin, La Reflejo Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
  • 2nd Place: Jinblossom Plati, Sky Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
  • 3rd Place: Janet Macias, Eres Muxer East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA 

Aardvark Clay Purchase Award

  • Dallas Wooten, Patterned Urn, Ohio University, Athens, OH – Graduate

KBH Merit Award

  • Cindy Leung, People Talk, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – Graduate

Elmer Craig Merit Award

  • Donté K. Hayes, Feed, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – Graduate

Smith Sharpe Fire Brick Supply Merit Award

  • Torie Dombrowski, Anthozoa, Buffalo State University, Buffalo, NY – Undergraduate

Mudtools Merit Award

  • Jamin Shephard, Imaginary Landscapes 027, University of Texas at Tyler – Undergraduate

Studio Potter Merit Awards

  • Heather McLelland, Egg Mixing Bowl for One, East Carolina Univ, Greenville, NC – Graduate
  • Luciano Pimienta, Fallen Fruit, San Diego State University, San Diego CA – Graduate
  • Megan Thomas, Let Me Tell You A Secret/I’ll Put It In Your Mind, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT – Graduate 

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