NATIONAL COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS (NCECA) ANNOUNCES 47TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN HOUSTON: EARTH/ENERGY

HOUSTON, Texas–The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts proudly announces Houston as the location for their 47th Annual Conference taking place March 20-23, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The conference theme, Earth/Energy, was developed specifically for the Houston/Southern region where over a hundred related exhibitions will be sited. The event is expected to draw nearly 5000 registrants; including artists, educators, collectors, non-profit organizations, commercial vendors, schools and enthusiasts. Thousands of additional visitors are likely to travel to the region to visit exhibitions and events surrounding the central conference programming. Along with the conference will come many opportunities for area residents and visitors to experience the transformative and continually evolving influences of one of our most ancient and pervasive art forms.

Several events taking place during the March 2013 conference will be free to the public, such as Projects Space and the Gallery Expo. Projects Space will involve five different artists working individually or within teams to develop projects on site that engage visitors in the creative process. The artists will be selected in autumn 2012 from an international pool of applicants. Projects Space is intended to act as a platform for experimental and innovative work that stretches the confines of the contemporary ceramic field. NCECA Gallery Expo brings an array of national galleries exhibiting some of the highest quality ceramic art into the heart of the annual conference. NCECA issues a call for galleries to install displays of works by artists they represent in a publicly accessible area of the conference center. Galleries participating in NCECA Gallery Expo are able to interact with students, ceramic artists and members of the community interested in learning more about collecting contemporary ceramic art.

NCECA will work with two of Houston’s well-established cultural organizations to host its sponsored exhibitions. From January 26- May 5, 2013, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft will host the NCECA Biennial. The NCECA Biennial is a premier international juried ceramics exhibition. Jurors for the 2013 Biennial are Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator and Director of the Portland Center for Contemporary Crafts and internationally exhibited artists Cristina Cordova and Richard Notkin. NCECA will produce a color catalog featuring jurors’ statements and work by all participating artists.

Selection for inclusion of works in the 2013 NCECA Biennial exhibition is conducted through online entries. Visit www.nceca.net to apply. The exhibition is open to all current members of NCECA (both national and international) and to all ceramic artists living in the United States of America and 18 years and older. Artists residing outside the U.S. (including Canada) must be NCECA members to enter. Entered works must have been completed within the last 2 years. The deadline for entries is August 1, 2012.

NCECA’s National Student Juried Exhibition will take place from February 15–March 23, 2013 at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Links for online submissions for entry can be found at www.nceca.net and will be accepted through September 20, 2012.

Jurors for the 2013 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition are artists Kevin Snipes and Bonnie Seeman. The exhibition is open to full-time undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in the United States of America. Students enrolled at institutions on which the jurors currently serve as faculty are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art at the time of submittal.

NCECA’s exhibitions in Houston are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

ABOUT NCECA

NCECA, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, is a dynamic membership organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA’s programs, exhibitions, and public events promote and improve the ceramic arts through education, community-building, research and creative inspiration. NCECA offers programs, events and publications to support its membership of artists, educators, students, individual and corporate art patrons, gallery owners, museum curators and providers of ceramic arts-related products and services.

NCECA is the leading organization operating in the US dedicated to a global perspective on ceramic arts and education. NCECA is grateful to the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the University of Texas at Tyler as Host Organizations for the 2013 NCECA Conference. These distinguished Texas learning institutions have supported the volunteer service of faculty members, Jeff Forster and Marrie Wright on NCECA’s Board of Directors. Support for exhibitions associated with NCECA’s 2013 conference, Earth/Energy, comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.