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For More InformationFor more information about the conference, contact Regina Brown, NCECA Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 1677, Bandon, OR 97411; (800) 99-NCECA; fax (541) 347-7076; or visit http://www.nceca.net.
Editor's NoteAll works shown in this article will be on display at the NCECA 2001 Clay National Exhibition, hosted by the Winthrop University Galleries.
AcknowledgementsNCECA is pleased to present the NCECA 2001 Clay National Exhibition, hosted by the Winthrop University Galleries.
The Clay National Exhibition begins with artists who are willing to put their work on the line. The over 1300 entries submitted this year constitute the largest base of participation in the history of NCECA exhibitions. Without the hundreds of artists who entered work, this would not be a true Clay National. The exhibition would not be the broad, vital look at the field of ceramic art that it is. For the jurors, artists Cynthia Bringle, Michael Lucero and Jim Melchert, selecting the 66 works for the 2001 Clay National was an extremely challenging task.
NCECA thanks the Nidec-Shimpo America Corp. for their sixth year of sponsorship of the Tradition of Excellence Purchase Award. This year’s exhibition inaugurates the Skutt Ceramic Products Purchase Award, as well as the NCECA Purchase Awards. For 2001, Clay Times magazine sponsors their third Award of Merit, and Trax Gallery in Berkeley, CA, their second Useful Pot Award. We welcome the addition this year of the Ceramic Monthly Award of Merit.
Like NCECA itself, the Clay National Exhibition is a labor of love to which many people contribute an extraordinary amount of time and effort for little or no personal reward. To be commended for their efforts are Tom May, who served his second term as the Clay National Registrar, and the Southwest Texas State University students who assisted with the jurying process. Thank you to the SWT Department of Art and Design for hosting the jurying proceedings.
The Council owes a considerable debt of gratitude to Tom Stanley and the entire staff at the Winthrop University Galleries for their tremendous effort in hosting the 2001 NCECA Clay National Exhibition. This splendid gallery, a former Carnegie library replete with a beautiful Tiffany stained glass skylight, provides a distinguished setting for the Clay National. To all viewers of the NCECA 2001 Clay National Exhibition, I sincerely hope that you will enjoy the exhibition.
--Michel L. Conroy, NCECA Exhibitions Director, San Marcos, Texas