2021 NCECA Virtual Conference
March 17-21, 2021

NCECA has been honored to work with members of the arts and cultural communities of Greater Cincinnati over the past several years to plan a March 2021 conference. The COVID-19 crisis is still very much with us. When NCECA’s leadership learned in late August that indoor public gatherings in Cincinnati remained limited to no more than 300 participants, the organization made a decision to begin preparing for a virtual conference rather than one based in Cincinnati in March 2021.

Many of the details of the 2021 virtual conference remain under development, and NCECA will share more about the event in the weeks ahead. A program filled with rich and varied content will be complemented with a series of online exhibitions, and a resource hall for vendors, schools, and organizations will all be included. The 2021 NCECA Annual at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, the 2021 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition at DAAP Galleries of the University of Cincinnati, and the 2021 Multicultural Fellowship Exhibition will move forward with installations in Cincinnati. The venues will be accessible to visitors in accordance with local guidelines, and NCECA will work with them to share the exhibitions virtually.

NCECA is excited about opportunities to realize a virtual conference platform that is appealing to many attendees of the place-based annual event, while also being accessible to those who have been unable to participate in the past. NCECA is deeply appreciative that several years of work and relationship building on the ground in Cincinnati had already been invested by so many. Because this effort is so central to NCECA’s efforts, NCECA is already working with key planners on a return to Cincinnati for a future conference at a time when travel and gathering are safer for a broad spectrum of our communities.

Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions
, NCECA’s 55th annual conference kicks off with a special preview reception on the evening of March 16, 2021.

Waterways, natural and constructed, are key features of the Cincinnati region. Poet Langston Hughes captured an essential metaphor for the ways in which water courses through time and territory to mirror the experience of our inner lives. “My soul has grown deep like the rivers,” tells us that our lives are forever changing, our life spans occupying but a fraction of the events that occur throughout the natural and crafted world over time. Knowledge and experience change us, our personal courses moved. The Seneca gave us the name Ohio meaning great river. Rivers are essential to ceramic art’s natural and cultural histories. Clays, minerals, stories, ideas, and aspirations of those who create are all transported through rivers’ currents, figurative and literal. Like clay hardened in fire, rivers far outlast us.