BREAKING NEWS

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

53rd Annual Conference to be held March 27-30, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN: The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will host Claytopia, the organization’s 53rd annual conference, March 27-30, 2019 in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

NCECA is excited to offer day-pass scholarship opportunities to Twin Cities 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 Twin Cities 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 2019 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, who will receive NCECA’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his serviceto the field in 2019.

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KATHERINE E. NASH GALLERY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESENTS
THE 2019 NCECA ANNUAL CURATED BY ELIZABETH CARPENTER

THE FORM WILL FIND ITS WAY: CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC SCULPTURAL ABSTRACTION
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 19, 2018

One of the Twin Cities region’s most outstanding cultural assets,the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, is pleased to host the 2019 NCECA Annual exhibition – The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction. With ceramic works by 40 nationally and internationally recognized creators working with clay, this expansive exhibition features artwork from a range of emerging and established artists. Guest curator Elizabeth Carpenter has brought together five invited artists: Nicole Cherubini, Alexandra Engelfriet, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Brie Ruais, and Anders Ruhwald, with 35 juried ceramic artists to display powerful works that embody clay’s capacities as a medium of material risk while also expanding upon the interdisciplinary, sculptural experimentation happening in today’s contemporary art world. A public reception is planned on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM in conjunction with Claytopia, the 2019 NCECA conference in Minneapolis. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery which is located in the Regis Visual Arts complex of the University of Minnesota, Department of Art on the West Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. A catalog for the exhibition published by NCECA is available for purchase via the online store at www.nceca.net.
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 multiVAlent 2020: clay, mindfulness, memory 

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.

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National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Announces Pete Pinnell 
 Beloved University of Nebraska educator and maker set for future NCECA leadership role 

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is pleased to welcome Pete Pinnell, Professor of Art at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as the next president of the organization. He will be joining current president Holly Hanessian in spring of 2019 to begin a four-year presidential cycle that includes one year as President Elect, two years as President, and a final year as Past President. 

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NCECA welcomes Holly Hanessian, Brett Binford, Zach Tate, Ashlyn Pope, Marge Levy, Rhonda Willers as recent additions to its Board of Directors

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is pleased to welcome new members onto its board of directors to bolster its current leadership cycle. Marge Levy will serve as Past President, and Brett Binford of the Eutectic
Gallery will serve as the new Exhibitions Director. Rhonda Willers, formerly of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will serve as Steward of the Board, a position on the Executive Committee designed to maintain continuity and provide
support through the transition between presidencies. Newly elected Director at Large, Zach Tate, will assume duties related to organizing networking experiences for the annual conference in addition to other board duties, and Student Director at Large, Ashlyn Pope, MFA candidate at Penn State University, will manage student-related conference programming, complementing NCECA’s current leadership team.

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