NCECA is opening a ballot for election of two distinct positions on its Board of Directors: Student Director at Large and Director at Large. The Student Director at Large position is a two year non-renewable term that will begin immediately following the close of the ballot and run through the 2024 conference or the closing date of the election cycle to coincide with it.

The Director at Large position is a three year non-renewable term that will begin immediately following the ballot and run through the 2025 conference or the closing date of the election cycle to coincide with it.

Each of these positions will be determined through member ballot. The candidates receiving the most votes for each of the two positions will join NCECA’s Board of Directors.

NCECA Members may cast only one vote for each of the two positions.

The ballot, which is taking place via SurveyMonkey will open on March 7th and run to 4.00 pm Pacific on Friday, March 18, 2022.

NCECA Members will receive an email with the link to the ballot.

This message will be transmitted to the email address linked to members’ NCECA user portal email accounts. If you have not received an email invitation to the ballot, please check your spam folder and review your member status via the user portal. If you need assistance with this contact office@nceca.net or support@nceca.net.

Only active members will receive messages with a link to the ballot. If you believe your membership is active, but find you are not able to access the survey or cast your ballots, please contact support@nceca.net

MEET THE CANDIDATES

Student Director at Large

NCECA is excited to introduce you to three candidates for the Student Director at Large role. Please review their materials and select one candidate for your vote.

Jen Gordon

Jen Gordon is an artist and arts administrator based in Western North Carolina. She earned a BA from Humboldt State University in Art History and Studio Art. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at Western Carolina University focusing on materiality in the Anthropocene using clay, paper, fiber, and recycled objects.

Stacy Larson

Stacy Larson is a ceramic artist from Minnesota who is currently pursuing an MFA at West Virginia University. She received her BFA from Syracuse University with a double major in Ceramics and Jewelry/Metalsmithing. For the last five years she has worked seasonally at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA.

Jared Peterson

Jared Peterson was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia where he attended West Virginia University and earned a BA in English as well as a BFA in Ceramics. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is a current MFA candidate at Arizona State University.

Director at Large

NCECA is excited to introduce you to two candidates standing for the Director at Large role. Please review their materials and select one candidate for your vote.

Michelle Castro

Michelle Castro is a ceramic artist whose practice addresses social issues. From Midwestern State University she received a BFA with emphasis in ceramics and a minor emphasis in graphic design. She is in her final year at Florida State University as a MFA (in studio arts) candidate. Castro spent the spring of 2021 as an Artist in Residence at Midwestern State University concurrently with her studies at Florida State University and was an instructor of record, virtually, teaching Beginning Ceramics. In March of 2020 she was elected to the Board of NCECA, (National Council On Education For the Ceramic Arts), as the Student Director at Large, 2020-2022. Prior to the pandemic she dedicated seven years participating in Empty Bowls, which raises money and awareness for the Food Bank of Wichita Falls, Texas. She has received The Ceramic Merit Award, The President’s Award of Art, Rotary Club Scholarship, and a scholarship awarded by the Wichita Falls Alliance of Arts and Culture. This summer she is planning to participate in Smoother Pebble, a collaboration between physicists and engineers at CERN, (European Council for Nuclear Research) France/Switzerland and artists from Florida State University.

Tracy Shell

Tracy Shell currently lives in Richmond, Virginia where she is a studio potter, owner of Clementine Porcelain, and a ceramics professor at Virginia State University. Following her undergraduate work at the University of Montevallo (Alabama), Tracy was awarded a cultural exchange grant and spent three years apprenticing in a rural pottery village in Echizen, in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. In 2000, she returned to the US to pursue her MFA at the School of American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology (New York). Tracy held the position of professor of art and art history and art department chair at Midland University from 2007–2018. In 2012 she co-founded Clementine Porcelain, Inc. a small ceramic production company with education and charitable giving at the core of its mission. An element of the company called The Plate Project involves providing opportunities for children to directly participate in the alleviation of hunger in their own communities.