multiVAlent: clay, mindfulness, and memory

NCECA’s 54th annual conference takes place March 25-28, 2020 at the:
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd St
Richmond, Virginia 23219

A region steeped in history and engaged with reinvention, the arts, teaching and learning are at the heart of Richmond, Virginia’s vision for innovation. The primary material of ceramic art, clay, connects our human experience from our local communities to distant places, and times long past. Clay’s receptivity to human touch carries the hands of distant and past makers into the here and now. Ceramic art’s diversity of expression and continuous invention generate affinities that extend the human imagination. NCECA’s 54th annual conference will explore ways that ceramic artists are charting new pathways from the complex meanings of our interwoven histories.

HOST ORGANIZATIONS

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) is a comprehensive art school within a major, urban public research university located in Richmond, VA. Currently ranked the No. 1 public school of art and design by U.S. News and World Report, the school enrolls nearly 3,000 students and offers 18 undergraduate and 24 graduate degree programs in fine arts, design, performing arts, historical research, and pedagogical practice. Its campus in Doha, Qatar provides students and faculty with a direct tie to the Middle East, a region of increasing significance in the contemporary art world. Distinguished faculty at VCUarts are internationally recognized in their respective fields and committed to mentoring the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, scholars, and engaged citizens of the world.

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VisArts) has helped adults and children explore their creativity and make art since 1963. Each year, the organization touches the lives of more than 33,000 people through its classes, exhibitions, community outreach programs, camps, workshops and special events. Founded in Church Hill as the Hand Workshop, the organization moved to the historic Virginia Dairy building at 1812 West Main Street, where it leased space for 17 years before purchasing and later renovating the building. Completed in 2007, the renovation transformed the facility into an inviting and inspiring 30,000-square-foot arts center, which includes the 1,800-square-foot True F. Luck Gallery. The gallery’s focus is on materials and processes of contemporary artists. Each year, VisArts offers more than 800 visual and creative arts classes in clay, wood, fiber, painting, photography, printmaking, glass, metal, drawing, writing, decorative arts and other visual media. More than 125 instructors teach for the organization.