BREAKING NEWS

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS (NCECA) ANNOUNCEMENT (3-9-2020)

NCECA Board and staff members have been watching events concerning COVID-19 closely and we will be making an announcement regarding the Richmond conference within the next couple of days. In addition, we will not enforce the deadline of March 11 for refund requests. The urgency to rush these requests need not be limited by the March 11 deadline that was published at the time that conference registration was launched in October. Our staff resources to process a large number of refunds quickly are limited. Should you decide to cancel your registration prior to NCECA’s announcement, we ask for your understanding. The modest registration processing fee of $40 that was detailed in the registration cancellation policy is in consideration of costs associated with the efforts of planning an event of this scale.

We request that those registered for the conference be patient and considerate as they contact NCECA for refund requests. We anticipate being able to communicate with you more fully later this week.

Please know that we are hearing your comments and concerns.

(as of the morning 3/10/20 there have been five presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID19 reported by the Virginia Department of Health)

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ANNOUNCEMENT ON 2020 CONFERENCE AND HEALTH CONCERNS (2-28-2020)

NCECA remains optimistic and excited for its upcoming conference in Richmond, Virginia. This has been the most successful pre-conference registration period in NCECA history and we ask all of our conference registrants and supporters to remain committed to being with us for MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory. As an organization devoted to connecting people through a shared love for ceramic art, NCECA appreciates the importance of gathering people from many places together to share knowledge, practices, and issues.

We understand that people are concerned about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). To date, there have been no reports of infections in the regions of Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia (as of the morning 3/10/20 there have been five presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID19 reported by the Virginia Department of Health). While it would not be responsible to say that any public gathering is beyond risk, we are working with the Greater Richmond Convention Center to ensure that resources are present to provide the best and safest experiences for our conference attendees. At this point in time, during the conference, there will be an EMT stationed in the conference registration area of the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The EMT is in touch with emergency services and can organize any emergency needs. If someone needs immediate assistance during the conference, there will be signs posted and an advisement in the program guide as to how to most effectively locate the situation and deploy response.

NCECA is doing its best to actively communicate with representatives of the Greater Richmond Convention Center and the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Richmond to remain responsive to changing conditions in the conference region. As any new or different information becomes available that could impact decisions on the conference, NCECA will share it…

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The Burdens of History 2020 NCECA Annual Exhibition Curated by Anna Walker

WHAT
International ceramics exhibition, organized in association with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Installed within two venues, Visual Arts Center of Richmond and Glave Kocen Gallery, the 2020 NCECA Annual exhibition, The Burdens of History, curated by Anna Walker, blends attributes of invitational and open juried models of exhibition development. Walker’s vision initiated with six invited artists with works installed at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Themes, issues, and sensibilities of her thesis deepen and expand from the exhibition’s core with works selected through an open call for submissions installed at Glave Kocen Gallery. Exhibition-related events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

WHERE AND WHEN
Glave Kocen Gallery 1620 W Main Street Richmond, VA 804-358-1990, glavekocengallery.com Wheelchair access through the rear entrance.

Hours: Mon–Fri 11am–6pm (Wed open at 10am, Thu until 9pm), Sat–Sun 12–4pm. Public Reception: Thursday, March 26, 5-9pm. On view March 1–31, 2020.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond 1812 W Main Street Richmond, VA 804-353-0094, www.visarts.org 

Hours: Mon–Sun 9am–9pm. Public Reception: Thursday, March 26, 5-9pm. On view March 20–May 31, 2020.

DESCRIPTION
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond and Glave Kocen Gallery are partnering to present The Burdens of History, an international ceramics exhibition organized in association with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Houston, Texas based curator Anna Walker has invited six artists working with clay to participate in the exhibition and has also chosen works by 27 artists who responded to a juried call. Walker’s curatorial premise guiding the exhibition has been an exploration of creative visions, voices, and cultural experiences of those who have been historically excluded from mainstream discourse of Post-World War II American studio ceramics movement. Of special prominence in researching the work of artists invited to participate in the exhibition, Walker considered the persistence physically, culturally, and metaphorically of the brick as a signifier of humanity’s interrelationship ceramics. Concluding her catalogue essay for the exhibition, she writes, Like bricks, these works are strong. And they demonstrate the collective strength of the ceramic field, a field that is expansive enough to hold multiple interpretations and mature enough to open the canon to reinterpretation, to build in new directions. To reorient its foundation. Individually and collectively, these works—and the artists who made them—offer new possibilities for the past and the future.

The Burdens of History coincides with MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory, the 54th Annual NCECA Conference, which takes place March 25 – 28, 2020 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center…

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NATIONAL COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS (NCECA) ANNOUNCES HEADLINE PRESENTERS FOR THE 2020 CONFERENCE IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

54th Annual NCECA Conference to be held March 25-28, 2020 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center 

Richmond, VA: MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory, the 54th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) takes place March 25-28, 2020 in the Greater Richmond Convention Center. NCECA’s annual conferences include a wide range of programming and presenters, well established in the field as well as visionary scholars and artists from other disciplines. Outlined below are details on the 2020 conference headline presenters as lecturers, and demonstrating artists.

KEYNOTE LECTURER
Sonya Clark

Born in Washington, DC to a psychiatrist from Trinidad and a nurse from Jamaica, Sonya Clark gained an appreciation for craft and the value of the handmade primarily from her maternal grandmother who was a professional tailor. Many of Clark’s family members taught her the value of a well-told story and so it is that she came to value the stories held in objects. Sonya Clark is Professor of Art at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Previously, she was a Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University where from 2006 until 2017 she served as chair for the Craft/ Material Studies Department. In 2016, she was awarded a university-wide VCU Distinguished Scholars Award. She earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was honored with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first college degree is a BA from Amherst College where she also received an honorary doctorate in 2015. Her work has been exhibited in over 350 museums and galleries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. She is the recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner award, an 1858 Prize, Art Prize Grand Jurors Award, and an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, a Red Gate Residency in China, a BAU Camargo Residency in France, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency in Italy, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Knight Foundation Residency at the McColl, a Civitella Ranieri Residency in Italy, a Yaddo Residency, and a VCUarts Affiliate Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been favorably reviewed in several publications including the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Italian Vogue, Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, Mother Jones, and Huffington Post. Website http://sonyaclark.com/

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Past, Present, and Future of Art and Learning with Clay: Richmond, Virginia to Serve as Host for the 54th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – (October 26, 2018) – Richmond, Virginia and the surrounding region was recently selected as site of the 54th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The conference will take place March 25-28, 2020 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N 3rd St, Richmond, VA 23219. 

Ceramic art today is ignited through re-investigations of rich histories, ideas about new and old technologies, and ideals for how common clay can transform creative expression, teaching and learning. Steeped in history and engaged with reinvention through the arts, the Richmond, Virginia region will host exhibitions, experiences, and programs that will be publicly accessible. Clay’s receptivity to human touch transports the imaginations of distant and past makers into the here and now. More than 6,000 artists, students, and teachers from throughout the US and abroad will take part in the project, exploring best practices in ceramic art through education, exhibition, and professional networking. The project will engage regional, national, and international artists to produce exhibitions and learning experiences throughout Greater Richmond. Jeff Vick of the VisualArts Center of Richmond and Kelly Kerr of the dean’s office of VCUarts (Virginia CommonwealthUniversity) are serving as Onsite Conference Liaisons and their respective institutions as host organizations. Core programming will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with major exhibitions already being planned at dozens of venues throughout the region.

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Past, Present, and Future of Art and Learning with Clay: Richmond, Virginia to Serve as Host for the 54th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

54th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art in Richmond, VA

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – (October 26, 2018) – Richmond, Virginia and the surrounding region was recently selected as site of the 54th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The conference will take place March 25-28, 2020 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N 3rd St, Richmond, VA 23219.

Ceramic art today is ignited through re-investigations of rich histories, ideas about new and old technologies, and ideals for how common clay can transform creative expression, teaching and learning. Steeped in history and engaged with reinvention through the arts, the Richmond, Virginia region will host exhibitions, experiences, and programs that will be publicly accessible. Clay’s receptivity to human touch transports the imaginations of distant and past makers into the here and now. More than 6,000 artists, students, and teachers from throughout the US and abroad will take part in the project, exploring best practices in ceramic art through education, exhibition, and professional networking. The project will engage regional, national, and international artists to produce exhibitions and learning experiences throughout Greater Richmond. Jeff Vick of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and Kelly Kerr of the dean’s office of VCUarts (Virginia Commonwealth University) are serving as Onsite Conference Liaisons and their respective institutions as host organizations. Core programming will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with major exhibitions already being planned at dozens of venues throughout the region.

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NATIONAL COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS (NCECA) CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO RICHMOND, VIRGINIA REGION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS

54th Annual NCECA Conference to be held March 25-28, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, VA: The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will host MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory, the organization’s 54th annual conference, March 25-28, 2020 in the Greater Richmond Convention Center. NCECA is excited to offer day pass scholarship opportunities to Richmond region high school students and their teachers to attend the conference and learn about historical, technical, aesthetic, and recent career developments in the ceramic arts and education.

Students attending schools located in the Richmond metro region who are currently enrolled in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for day pass scholarships dedicated to the memories of Val Cushing, Bill Bracker, and Valeri Sandoe, each of whom was an influential member of the ceramic art community through their teaching, creative practice, and support to the field. Scholarship recipients will be given the opportunity to attend the 2020 NCECA Conference for free thanks to the generous support of donations from Anne Bracker of Lawrence, Kansas based Bracker’s Good Earth Clay, the family of Valeri Sandoe of the Indianapolis, Indiana based AMACO/brent, and Dick Wukich, professor emeritus at Slippery Rock University.

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