Partner News: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Partner News: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

2014 was an exciting year for the Arts/Industry program. Not only did we celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a sweeping retrospective exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and a well-attended opening celebration, but we also had many opportunities to work with the NCECA Milwaukee conference!

The Arts Center partnered with NCECA to offer a special preconference tour of the Arts/Industry studios at Kohler Co. and of the exhibition Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation. It is always a pleasure to give group tours of the Arts/Industry factory studios and introduce visitors to the artists-in-residence, but never more so than when we have an interested and engaged audience. We also hosted an NCECA bus tour of the Kohler Design Center and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and we were part of the 2014 Collector’s tour, led by Leslie Ferrin.

The Arts Center offered NCECA members free admission to the opening of Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation, and we were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response of conference attendees ready and willing to make the drive from Milwaukee to Sheboygan after a busy week of workshops, exhibitions, and lectures. Thank you! We were thrilled to see so many of our alumni, friends, and supporters.

Arts/Industry also partnered with NCECA on the 2014 emerging artist awards by offering a residency to an NCECA emerging artist. We are pleased to announce that David Eichelberger will be an Arts/Industry artist-in-residence during summer 2015. David was formerly an artist-in-residence at Penland School of Crafts and is currently teaching in Floyd, Virginia.

In some ways, we wish that the NCECA annual conference could always happen in Milwaukee so that Arts/Industry could be geographically nearby, but we are looking forward to being in Providence in 2015. Please stop at  our resource table to learn more about the many opportunities the residency program offers.

Although Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation, the exhibition, has completed its run, the companion book of the same name is available in both hard and soft cover. The volume covers the history of the program from the perspective of its founder, Ruth DeYoung Kohler. It also includes essays by Arts/Industry alumni and hundreds of gorgeous photographs of work produced by the artists-in-residence! You can purchase the book online at www.jmkacstore.org

Makers, Mentors & Milestones

Makers, Mentors & Milestones

NCECA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.  Our 49th meeting in Providence next March will kick off the lead-up to the celebration of this important milestone in our organization.  Believe it or not, we have already been planning for our 50th anniversary for several years.  Now we are coming to you, our membership for some suggestions. We want your ideas and input on some of the most visible aspects of the conference, such as our keynote, and closing lectures, Randall Session, Dance Band, and our recently added, Chipstone-sponsored roundtable discussion.  We’d also like some ideas for demonstrators you’d like to see, and any early suggestion for a panel idea or a K-12 presenter.    To contribute your ideas,

CLICK HERE

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Registration is OPEN!

Registration is OPEN!

The time you’ve been waiting patiently for has come!  NCECA 2015 Conference Registration is now open!  Join us in Providence for our 49th annual meeting.  Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 3.05.29 PMYou won’t find a better price than our Early Bird Registration pricing.  Check out our packed preliminary program, and you might also look over some of our FAQ.  Please note, your membership is separate from your conference registration.   Many people find it most convenient to renew their membership when they purchase their conference registration, but it is a separate item you’ll want to add to your registration.

And here’s a handy Cindy tip….If you are an avid social media user and are known by a name other than the one your parents gave you, think about filling in the nickname section with something like @iclaygirl on Instagram, then it will print automagically on your badge!

So what are you waiting for?  Head on over to the NCECA website and register now!

NCECA Open Volunteer Board Positions

NCECA Open Volunteer Board Positions

When I think back to my days in college, I don’t remember being aware that NCECA had a group of volunteer folks from the field that comprised a working group called the NCECA board. The idea of a governing group that works to plan and shape all that is NCECA was completely foreign to my young naïve mind. I knew SOMEONE made decisions but I never acknowledge that they were people just like me, and even back then, as a student, that I had the opportunity to have a voice in an organization that I was falling head over heels in love with. The NCECA board has two board positions to fill in the upcoming year.

 

One is a Director-at-Large position and the responsibilities include specific assigned duties as well as having a voice in broad conversations that impact our annual conference as well as the field. We’ve had incredible fortune these last few years with the likes of Sam Chung, Garth Johnson, Cindy Bracker and most recently Jane Shellenbarger at the table serving a three-year term as Director-at-large. Some of you may have noticed firsthand the impact that they’ve had on the Emerging Artists, International Residencies, Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections. Their perspectives have been both insightful and invaluable.

 

Well, here is a final notice to those of you looking to be more involved and connected. Nominations are currently being accepted for Director-at-Large and Student-Director-at-Large. Nominations close on October 8th, 2014 so move swiftly!

 

 

 

OPEN VOLUNTEER NCECA BOARD POSITIONS

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OPEN BOARD POSITIONS: OCTOBER 8, 2014

 

Director-at-Large shall be nominated and elected by the members to serve one three-year term and may not be re-elected to consecutive terms. The nominations committee will bring forward two candidates from member- or self-nominations for any Director–at-Large position that is about to become open. The Directors-at-Large shall have staggered terms as determined by the Board. Directors-at-Large shall serve as representatives of the membership at large and advocates for the Council. Directors-at-Large shall serve on or chair committees and oversee special projects for the Council as designated by the President or the Board. Directors-at-Large may initiate special projects subject to the talents of the individual with the approval of the Board. Directors-at-Large shall actively help to generate conference program proposals; shall be responsible for input into the Annual Conference program proposals and be responsible for input on and implementation of NCECA’s annual efforts and Conference through at least one of the following roles: coordinating NCECA Connections/ Topical Discussions programming, international residencies, Emerging Artists programs, and/or other special projects as assigned. Directors-at-Large may be responsible for providing information for NCECA publications.

 

Student Directors-at-Large shall be nominated and elected by the members annually to serve one two-year, non-renewable term that is staggered and overlaps one year. Student Directors-at-Large must be at least 21 years of age and enrolled as a full-time student for at least one complete year of the elected term at an accredited institution. Student Directors-at-Large shall serve as advocates for student concerns and shall coordinate student initiatives and programming. Student Directors-at-Large shall organize the NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition under the guidance of the Exhibitions Director. One of the two Student Directors-at-Large shall serve as a member of the committee charged with the selection of Regina Brown Undergraduate and NCECA Graduate Student Fellowships. Student Directors-at-Large shall assume committee responsibilities at the request of the President.

 

Nomination Process
The Nominator must be a current member of NCECA to put forth a nomination. Self-nominations are welcome. 

Nominations for Board Positions must include the following and will be submitted using NCECA’s online form process. Click here to go to nominations page for board positions.

ï       Nominee name and contact information

ï       Resume (2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)

ï       Short bio of the nominee (2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)

ï       Statement of Interest if Self Nominated or Statement of Qualifications if Nominating
(2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)

ï       Names and contact information for two current NCECA members who endorse the candidacy of this nominee. (Name, email, best phone, relation to applicant and number of years known)

ï       Nominator name and contact information – if peer nominated.

For questions about the Board Positions please contact:

Patsy Cox, Nominations Committee Chair

patsycoxnceca.@gmail.com 323-839-8103

For technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net or candice@nceca.net 303 828-2811 or 866 266-2322

NCECA Awards: Honoring Excellence

NCECA Awards: Honoring Excellence

It’s that time again… it’s the “Oscars” of the ceramic world! Our community has the opportunity and responsibility to honor, recognize and acknowledge individuals in the field who have made incredible contributions. These are folks who have left a lasting impact and legacy with their work, service, teaching/mentorship or outstanding projects. We all know someone who has contributed in ways that change the way we see and think and left an impact that surpasses the walls of their studios to our great collective benefit. We want to celebrate these individuals.

We will have educational programming at the 49th annual NCECA conference in Providence to celebrate the 2015 Honors and Awardees. It is a moment to hear from our award winners about their contributions to our shared discipline. Please consider submitting a nomination packet for those you think are especially deserving of these prestigious awards and allow our community the occasion to recognize and celebrate their legacy. Move swiftly as the deadline for the Honors and Awards are coming up and will close on October 8th, 2014.

HONORS AND AWARDS

DEADLINE FOR ALL HONORS AND AWARDS: OCTOBER 8, 2014

http://nceca.net/about-us-2/awards-and-honoraries-overview/

 

Fellows of the Council shall be persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. They shall be members in good standing and shall have served the Council in significant ways for at least five years. Up to two Fellows may be elected in any one year. No currently serving Board Member is eligible for election as a Fellow of the Council. See a list of former awardees of the Fellows of the Council: http://nceca.net/about-us-2/fellows-of-council/

 

Honorary Members. Shall be individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the professional development of the ceramic arts in accordance with assessment by the Board of Directors. Up to two Honorary Members may be elected in any one year. See a list of former awardees of the Honorary Members: http://nceca.net/about-us-2/honorary-members/

 

Excellence in Teaching Award.  Shall be individuals near or at the end of a career dedicated to the practice of teaching (may be awarded posthumously); shall have demonstrated excellence in their own creative work; shall have had previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching; and should have highly visible former students in the field.  Up to two Excellence in Teaching Awards may be elected in any one year. See a list of former awardees of the Excellence in Teaching Awards: http://nceca.net/about-us-2/excellence-in-teaching-award/

 

Outstanding Achievement AwardShall be contemporary artists, educators, writers, and others, this award recognizes individuals who have successfully completed a singular project that has contributed to the field of ceramic arts in an extraordinary way. The scope of the venture should be above and beyond what would typically be considered his/her professional responsibilities. Only one Outstanding Achievement Awards may be elected in any one year. See a list of former awardees of the Outstanding Achievement Award:

http://nceca.net/about-us-2/outstanding-achievement-award/

 

Regional Award of Excellence— Up to two individuals shall be identified annually by NCECA’s On-Site Conference Liaisons for outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts within their community or region. These awards are not open to nominations by the membership. Learn more at http://nceca.net/about-us-2/regional-award-of-excellence/

 

Nomination Process
Nominations for Honors and Awards must include the following and will be submitted using NCECA’s online form process. Click here to go to nominations page for honors and awards.

ï       Nominee name and contact information

ï       Short bio of the nominee (2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)

ï       Nominator name and contact information

ï       Letter of Nomination (2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)

ï       Letters of Recommendation: No more than three letters of recommendation.

o   Recommender information: Name, email, best phone, relation to applicant and number of years known.

o   Letters (2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)

 

For questions about the Honors and Awardees process please contact:

Patsy Cox, Nominations Committee Chair
patsycoxnceca.@gmail.com 323-839-8103

For technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net or candice@nceca.net 303 828-2811 or 866 266-2322