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With the theme "Old Currents/ New Blends: A Distillation of Art and Geography," the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will hold its 41st Annual Conference March 14-17 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Thousands of ceramic artists and pottery professionals are expected to gather to network and discover all they can about the aesthetics, techniques and business of pottery.
The conference opens Wednesday, March 14, with manufacturer/supplier and non-profit exhibits. This year's event will feature 84 manufacturer/suppliers and 77 non-profits displaying their products and services. Exhibits will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, and Friday, March 16.
Lectures and Panel SessionsBeginning at 8:30 a.m., Thursday's program will include a panel session, "Teaching Prototypes and Pluralist Processes," moderated by Ezra Shales, with Neil Forrest, Linda Sikora and Jennifer Woodin. Thursday's lectures will include "Pottery for Public Health" by Anthony Reid Harvey, "Ceramic as Souvenir" by Rebecca Harvey, "The Paperclay Revolution" by Graham Hay, and "America's Ceramic Heritage-Technology to Ideology" by Robert Hunter. Thursday evening will feature a Distinguished Lecture by Bruce Metcalf entitled "Craft Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward."
Three panel sessions will kick off the day on Friday: "Theories of Display and Installation, moderated by Suzanne Wolfe, with Richard Jacobs, David Jones and Andree Singer Thompson; "Ceramic Education Using Electronic Resources," moderated by Melvin Jacobson, with Guangzhen "Po" Zhou, Vince Pitelka, and Snail Scott; and "Studio Potters-Sharing the Dream," moderated by Donna Causland, with Chris Campbell, David Hendley and Dannon Rhudy.
Lectures given on Friday will include "Making Demonstrations Work For You" by Gary Benna, "Exploring Personal Philosophical Concepts" by Tom Supensky, and "Genius Everywhere: An Unconscious Ceramic Autobiography" by Margaret Carney.
Exhibitions and FundraisersSeveral exhibitions will be held in conjunction with this year's conference. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville will host the NCECA 2007 Clay National Biennial Exhibition March 13-June 23. This year's jurors are Syd Carpenter, Nick Kripal and Silvie Granatelli. The NCECA 2007 Regional Student Juried Exhibition is being hosted at the Allan R. Hite Art Institute Gallery at the University of Louisville February 15-March 17. Jurors are Neil Patterson and Roberta Griffith.
A number of exhibition shuttles will carry interested visitors to routes throughout Louisville and surrounding areas, and a walking tour will stop at locations such as the Lionheart Gallery, Hite Art Institute, Cressman Center for Visual Arts, Chapman Friedman Gallery, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Brown Forman Gallery, Pyro, Glassworks Gallery, and Huff Gallery.
The 2007 Conference will also feature several fundraising opportunities, including the popular Annual Cup Sale, which will enjoy its 15th anniversary this year. The Cup Sale supports the NCECA Fund for Artistic Development, which is designed to provide opportunities for artistic growth through scholarships, residencies and programs, including the Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship. Submission and exhibition of the cups will be held Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cups will be on sale on Friday, March 16, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and purchases are limited to three cups at a time.
For additional information, contact NCECA at (866) 266-2322 or (303) 828-2811, fax (303) 828-0911, or visit www.nceca.net. NCECA 2008 will be held March 5-8 in New Orleans, La.