NCECA 2008

19 Feb 2008

Greetings from Exhibitions Director... Dear Friends and NCECA Community Members, The upcoming conference in Pittsburgh this March, will be a fabulous event for seeing ceramic art. The steel city will be transformed materially with ceramic art installed all over the city. Ceramics will have its fifteen minutes of fame next to, behind and all around museums like the Carnegie Mellon, the Andy Warhol museum and many others. Josh Green and the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild have facilitated and placed a large stream of ceramic shows over the course of ten months. This is nothing short of miraculous and we on the board of NCECA are incredibly grateful for all they have done on such short notice.

Our premier show with a 60 plus-page catalog is the 2008 NCECA Invitational Exhibition. This year it is titled "VOICES" and will reside at the Society for Contemporary Crafts. It's an extremely exciting show of young, mid-career and mature artists articulating the narrative in contemporary arts. Co-curated by myself and Kate Lydon, this show will have many artworks not seen at NCECA exhibitions before including freshly bread baked in ceramic body part molds. Artists presented in the show include Cindy Kolodziejski, Elise Siegel and Russell Biles as well as many others who feature work highlighting stories from mythology, personal relationships, and political commentary in the intimate and social realm, gender, identity and family.

As usual, the concurrent shows are exciting and numerous. Some will be within walking distance as great efforts have been made to place a wide number of concurrent exhibition proposals in the downtown cultural district surrounding the Convention Center as well as other Pittsburgh neighborhoods and communities.

There are several clusters showcasing exhibitions of note including the dozen shows to be held at the Armory, which is being used as an alternative space adjacent to the Ellis School and across the street from the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is also holding several shows including the Regional Student Juried Exhibition juried by Alleghany Meadows and Kristen Kieffer. They selected a fine show that includes beautifully created vessels, figurative works, installations and sculptural objects.

There are a tremendous amount of exhibits to choose from this year. I hope that you get out and see as many shows as possible, support your friends, alumni and fellow members of NCECA. I wish you a happy new year ahead filled with making, learning, teaching or supporting the ceramic arts.

Holly Hanessian
NCECA Exhibitions Director (2005-2008)
42nd Annual NCECA Conference
March 19-22, 2008
Pittsburgh, PA

Online Membership/Conference Registration

The EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE for the 2008 Conference in Pittsburgh is approaching! If you have not registered yet, please do so by January 25, 2008 to receive the discounted rate. Don't forget to renew your membership and register for the conference today! Click here for more Membership/Registration information 2008 Conference Updates:
New Conference information...has recently been added to the website including 2008 Exhibitions Bus Shuttle Tour routes and ticket information, Volunteer Opportunities, and a listing of Pre/Post Conference events.

Pittsburgh area 2008 Exhibitions listing and Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Bus Shuttle Tour ticket purchasing information NOW available!

2008 Exhibitions and Bus Shuttle Tickets

List of 2008 Manufacturer/Supplier and Non-Profit Exhibitors

Preliminary Conference Program

16th Annual Cups of Merit and Cup Sale

Volunteer Opportunities Detailed list of Pre/Post Conference Events

Frank Lloyd Wright Pre-Conference Tour Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Here's an opportunity to visit Fallingwater and Kentuckknob, two of Frank Lloyd Wright's most beloved and visited homes in one tour.

Click here for tour details and information on how to register for the Tour

Cera[m!x] Pittsburgh

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, site host organization for the 42nd annual NCECA Conference, CONFLUENCE: Innovation, Community, Environment, is excited to announce a new on-line resource to the NCECA community. In summer 2007, artists, educators, arts organizations and schools from throughout the Western Pennsylvania region coalesced under the banner of Cera[m!x] Pittsburgh. The intent of this initiative was to support planning and promotion of ceramic arts in anticipation of the upcoming conference. The development and launch of the site represents a resource to help sustain the increased level of cooperation and collaboration throughout the ceramic arts community in the Pittsburgh region leading up to and beyond the life of the conference. offers listings of events, exhibitions, opportunities and links that we hope NCECA attendees will find useful and informative.

Link to Cera[m!x] Pittsburgh

2008 International Residency Program

NCECA announces International Residency opportunities for all NCECA Members.

In 2008, NCECA will support three International Residencies.
1. Berlin, Germany with Zentrum fur Keramik
2. Skaelskor, Denmark with Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center
3. Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, KOKA-City, Japan

Detailed International Residency information

"Friends of NCECA" Tour

Please join us for our 2008 Annual 'Friends of NCECA' Tour...a unique tour behind the scenes!
Living with art in Pittsburgh, inside the Carnegie, and icons of the clay world; A visual feast for the discerning eye!
Pittsburgh,Friday, March 21, 2008

The tour includes a morning lecture with Ed Eberle, visits to the Carnegie Museum, the Society of Contemporary Craft, the studio of noted ceramist Laura McLaughlin, the Union Project, the Pittsburgh Glass Center and the homes of 2 distinguished Pittsburgh-area private collections.

Space is limited for this unique opportunity, register early.
Details and registration information

Ceramic Artists Ignite New Orleans Cultural Community

New Orleans is home to a diverse range of art- making, from music and culinary arts, to performance and visual arts. In an effort to support and expand the community of ceramic artists, the South Coast Clay All Stars are spearheading NOLA FIRED UP, a 3-day professional development conference for local, regional and national artists who work in clay. Conference activities from February 29-March 2 include lectures and demonstrations by nationally prominent ceramic artists with ties to the region. The weekend is filled with educational and networking opportunities, such as panels addressing artists' insurance led by the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), field-wide topical discussions, and the environmental impact of artists in the studio.

The South Coast Clay All Stars is an alliance established by ceramic artists in New Orleans and the region in order unify, strengthen and support the ceramic arts and visual artists communities in Louisiana and the Southern states.

Link to NOLA FIRED UP website

Call for 2009 Clay National Exhibition Award Sponsors

NCECA welcomes the support of individuals, businesses, institutions and organizations as sponsors of awards for the NCECA 2009 Clay National Exhibition. The minimum award level is $200 and awards may be either Purchase or Merit awards.

For further information and a contract, please contact Linda Ganstrom, NCECA Exhibitions Director 2008- 2011,

Important Dates
November 12, 2007 - 2008 ONLINE Membership/Conference Registration available.
December 2007 - 2008 Conference Poster mailed.
December 2007 - 2007 Louisville Journal and the 2007-2008 NCECA Membership Directory mailed.
January 25, 2008 - Early Registration deadline.
January 31, 2008 - Exhibitor Final Payment deadline.
February 1, 2008 - International Residency Application deadline.
February 29-March 2, 2008 - NOLA FIRED UP
March 19-22, 2008 - 42nd Annual NCECA Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
March 21, 2008 - "Friends of NCECA" Tour, Pittsburgh.
May 1, 2008 - 2009 Program Proposals deadline, midnight MST.
April 8-11, 2009 - 43rd Annual NCECA Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

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