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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 Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

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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