Niki Johnson and her Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design interns have created an amazing visitor’s guide.  They have put together an extensive list of all kinds of points of interest in Milwaukee!  If you see Niki or any of these students, be sure to thank them for collecting and compiling so much great information. To make all the information a bit more digestable, I’m splitting it up into several […]

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Hey Students, I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Milwaukee! Don’t forget to bring a flash drive with images of your work and stop by our table in the main registration area to sign up for the Student Critique Room, The Student Critique Room gives students at all levels an opportunity to discuss images of their work one-to-one with professional artists and […]

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Sound flows.  A sculpted sound translation of Santiago Calatrava speaking the native word thought to be the basis of the name Milwaukee, Jeffrey Mongrain’s spare and elegant signature form represents the flow of sound.  Just as a speaker in a sound system vibrates or a vinyl record records sound, this minimal black circle mysteriously reveals its vibration to those willing to pause, observe closely and allow the work to reveal […]

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If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to start mapping your schedule for the 2014 NCECA conference!  Each year, people are heard saying “There’s just so MUCH!  How do I do it all?”  The answer is that you really just can’t, so you have to make some choices.  If you’re attending for the first time, this can be especially overwhelming, but even conference veterans have challenges fitting […]

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Roundtable Discussion: Handle as Bridge: Creativity, Learning and Purpose One of the highlights of Material World, NCECA’s upcoming conference in Milwaukee, will be a thought provoking roundtable discussion produced in cooperation with the Chipstone Foundation. It takes place early in the morning following the opening ceremonies and Keynote presentation of Theaster Gates, so be sure to set your alarm. You won’t want to miss being in Ballroom C of the Wisconsin Center from 8-9:30 […]

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Milwaukee has a public transit system, so you don’t need to worry about spending a lot of money on taxis to get to the places you want to go!   The bus costs $2.25 per ride, or you can purchase a 10 ride pass or a week long pass (Sunday-Sunday) for $17.50.   If you have a smart phone or similar device, you might find it easiest to use your […]

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The last I checked – about 10 years ago – the entertainment industry had over 330 awards ceremonies every year. NCECA is somewhat more modest and circumspect in its awards.  We offer one short educational program each year that tries to raise up the best of the best. It gives the awardees an opportunity to discuss their contributions to our shared discipline. Because we consider these awards so prestigious we […]

INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) is the contemporary art gallery at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since 1996, INOVA has been widely recognized for our support of artists’ new work, for our rigorous curatorial program, and for bringing innovative art to the UWM campus and the city of Milwaukee. INOVA embraces a dual role in Milwaukee — we are the preeminent contemporary art center as well […]

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This has been a year of much loss in our industry. We likely have all been touched in some way by the passing of Val Cushing, Angela Fina, Joan Mondale, Kirk Mangus, Regina Brown, David Gilhooley, Nils Lou, Gwynn Hanssen Pigott, Paolo Soleri, Martha Longenecker, Eric Abraham, William Burne Knoble, Chris Strecker, Abraham Cohn, David Yunger, Alejandro Santiago, Mary Bohan, James Kemp, Lizbeth Stewart, and Allan Buitekant. Be sure to […]

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NCECA is thrilled to bring Theaster Gates to Milwaukee to deliver the 2014 keynote address, Yamaguchi, Soul Manufacturing Corporation and A Potter Named Dave. The Need for Blackness Within Contemporary Ceramics. Theaster Gates is an artist whose creative endeavor represents a critical enlargement on familiar realms and roles of artistic practice. He produces installations, performances and discreet objects that explore notions of self, resilience, home and community set in the […]

If you’ve been to the conference before, you probably already know the allure of the Resource Hall.  With so much to see and few clocks to be found, it’s easy to lose track of time.  Add to that among the thousands of other people in the room, you’re sure to run into a long lost friend or twelve and before you know it, you’re hearing the announcement that the hall […]

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Where have all the potters gone? What is causing a decline in studio pottery? Lack of training? No interest from young people? Government cutbacks? Answers and challenges by panelists look at positive ways to save the studio pottery movement! Moderator Tony Clennell has worked as a self-employed functional potter since 1980.  Tony received his MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University and his Bachelor of Education from The University of Western […]

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Flow: The 2014 NCECA Ceramic Arts Invitational is currently on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  The space is stunning with a wall of windows facing Lake Michigan and spacious with nearly 8,000 square feet of space.  A long corridor that connects the main lobby or Windhover Hall to the museum proper, the Baumgartner Galleria is now a meander of ceramic delights and challenges.  Curated by Linda Ganstrom, NCECA Exhibitions […]

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Earlier in the week, you learned about Topical Discussions, which are an opportunity for NCECA members to share their perspectives and skills with a wider audience. NCECA Connections are like their brother (or sister) from another mother. The main difference is that NCECA Connections are meant to rally members around a shared cause or interest. If you’re trying to recruit people for a project or help gather your tribe, this […]

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