Posted by Russell Wrankle
NCECA’s Art Expo is upon us, and as the new Director at Large who is in charge of facilitating its success, I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Over the past few weeks I’ve been communicating with all the galleries in preparation for our Portland Future Flux Expo, and I can say that there’s a palpable excitement and energy for the wonderful art that will be available for purchase.
Over the past several years, I’ve enjoyed Art Expo as an NCECA member. The energy of Art Expo is magnetic so that each day I would find myself returning to discover art that I might have missed on my first visit and to soak up the energy and conviviality that abounds at each Gallery in the Expo. There are many wonderful things about NCECA, and the expo represents, in a microcosm, all the energy, vitality, originality and community that is NCECA.
This year proves to be an exceptional year. The galleries and the artists they represent are enthusiastic and passionate. They are all working hard to make our field better by creating the most innovative and interesting ceramic art for all to see and purchase. So come and enjoy, and please say hello if you get the chance.
Included in this year’s expo are:
18 HANDS GALLERY
A premier fine ceramics and crafts venture from Houston, Texas. Since 2007, we have worked to present the broadest range of contemporary clay in a fresh and accessible way, bringing together a select group of artists whose work breathes humor and whimsy.
Maryland’s only 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ceramics. Clayworks’ mission is to develop, promote and sustain an artist-centered community, which provides exceptional artistic, educational and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts.
Presenting an offering of contemporary ceramics including trompe l’oeil pieces by Mitchell Spain, sleek porcelain by Lilith Rockett, great pots by Justin Rothshank, Josh DeWeese, Victoria Christen, Kat and Roger, and stunning vases with photographic surfaces by Peter Olsen.
Located in Upstate NY, is committed to showing the best handmade objects and fine art, with a special emphasis on utilitarian ceramics. Established in 2009, the gallery features 4-5 special exhibitions a year and offers workshops and classes through its adjacent studio facility.
LILLSTREET ART CENTER
Lillstreet Art Center’s contemporary programming within our artist in residence programs, classes, workshops, and galleries has expanded and matured for the past 40+ years. The Lillstreet Gallery represents artists from all over the country at varying points in their respective careers.
NORTHERN CLAY CENTER
Northern Clay Center’s mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts. Its goals are to promote excellence in the work of clay artists, to provide educational opportunities for artists and the community, and to encourage the public’s appreciation and understanding of the ceramic arts..
Objective Clay are artists who create meaningful objects for everyday use. Our website serves not only as retail space, but also a platform for sharing stories, processes and collaborative projects. Together we can expand our individual reach to connect directly with people passionate about clay.
RED LODGE CLAY CENTER
It is our mission to provide a place for professionally minded ceramic artists to create new work. We host Visiting Artist workshops, lectures, gallery exhibitions, and educational programming to share with our resident artists and the general public the importance of art in our everyday lives.
ARTSTREAM NOMADIC GALLERY
Based in Carbondale, CO, Artstream is a traveling exhibition space housed in a restored 1967 Airstream trailer. Since 2002, Artstream Nomadic Gallery has exhibited work by more than 75 national, international, and emerging ceramic artists and has made stops in over 100 locations across the country.
THE CLAY STUDIO (LOCATED IN ROOM B118/LEVEL 1)
Presents Small Favors: Thinking Inside the Box, a special version of our annual show that presents works that fit inside a 4-inch cube. Some artists treat the cube as a tiny gallery, while others use the challenge to explore new work. Either way Small Favors have a huge impact