NCECA is pleased to introduce you to this year’s six Emerging Artists!  Zimra Beiner, Renee Brown, Mel Griffin, Lauren Mabry, David Peters and Adam Shiverdecker have been selected amongst almost 90 applicants for our 2014 Emerging Artists Program.  This year’s selection committee included Josh DeWeese, Jeanne Quinn and Sam Chung.  There was stiff competition in narrowing this group down to only six artists, but the selection committee has picked an […]

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In its fifth year as a national competition and exhibition, the 2014 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition hosted by the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design is the largest in number of works presented, exhibiting 59 works by 57 artists from across the USA. Juried by Tara Wilson and Jeffrey Mongrain, the NSJE showcases authentic and relevant art created by the emerging talent in the academic ceramics scene.  Expressive, experimental […]

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 The Chipstone Foundation, or Chipstone for short, sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the town of Fox Point, just a few miles north of the city of Milwaukee. Driving by one might not realize that the colonial revival house is a limited access museum and home to an exemplary collection of decorative arts objects that include, among other things, colonial American furniture, as well as 17th and […]

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NCECA’s Expo Gallery is full to the brim this year!  All Expo galleries show both sculptural works and functional ceramics by prominent artists in the field. You will want to be sure to check out Lillstreet’s booth, they are hosting 20 Midwest ceramic artist-educators showing alongside students of the educator’s choice.  Other Midwestern galleries like Red Lodge Clay, Northern Claycenter, and the roving Artstream Nomadic Gallery, known for showing ceramic artists who are at the top […]

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Despite the brutal cold, a few hardy ceramicists made their way up to the Lynden Sculpture Garden here in Milwaukee for the January 26th, 2014 soft opening of our NCECA exhibition, The Mingei Tradition in the Midwest: Warren MacKenzie and Beyond   The exhibition design by Michael Mikulay is stunning, and we are all training ourselves to walk through the gallery with our hands in our pockets to resist the call of […]

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Using traditional sculptural elements and unexpected materials, the work of Rebecca Hamlin Green examines elements of social and personal identity through a lens of domestic associations. How we define ourselves through how we live, where we come from, and the structures we erect and exist within to maintain a sense of place. Her most recent project,  Undirectionals,  is an installation  that will be on view at the Pritzlaff space, during the […]

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There are more than 100 exhibitions throughout the greater Miwaukee area and NCECA’s On-Site Conference Liaisons worked closely with Lew White Tours to plan routes that meet a multitude of aesthetic interests while traversing geographically efficient routes in the region. Check out NCECA’s updated exhibition guide and updated tour routes (pdf). Online shuttle and tour reservations that will get you to shows in style and are available for purchase through Lew White Tour.  Feedback received […]

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Twenty ambitious and energetic artists selected by co-curators Linda Ganstrom and Mel Buchanan transform the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Baumgartner Galleria with extraordinary ceramic art, much of it created specifically for Flow: The 2014 NCECA Ceramic Arts Invitational on view February 22 through March 23, 2014. With the emphasis placed on material in the NCECA conference theme of Material World, a large number of works in Flow focus on how various physical […]

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NCECA’s Projects Space is a platform for ceramic artists to create and present works during the annual conference that incorporate clay as medium in time-based, performative, relational or site-responsive work. 2014 Projects Space Coordinator Dawn Holder worked with Onsite Conference Liaison Paul Sacaridiz and Exhibitions Director Linda Ganstrom to select five projects created by six artists who most compellingly responded to the conceptual theme’s underlying Material World. Artists will create […]

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As a ceramic sculptor, Katherine Ross is interested in the historical role of porcelain as a status symbol valued for purity and strength, elegance and expense.  Her work has always been concerned with the complex relationship we have to this material and the subtle, coded ways it operates within our culture.   Her most recent work, The Subjective Meadow, will be on view at the Pritzlaff building throughout the week of […]

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One of the concurrent independent exhibitions you will not want to miss is Taming Nature; a group exhibition organized by Paul Donnely that will be presented in the Pritzlaff building.  In assembling the exhibition, twenty-nine artists were asked to approach the task of making objects either used for, or inspired by, the art of flower arrangement. The show will include works by Albion Stafford, Shawn Spangler, Rebecca Chappell, Paul Donnelly, Kari […]

One of the concurrent independent exhibitions you will not want to miss is, Oxytocin; the collaborative installation by Katie Caron and Martha Russo that will be presented in the Pritzlaff building. Based on Colorado, these two artists have produced work together on multiple occasions, with a spectacular piece included in the exhibition, Overthrown, at the Denver Art Museum in 2011. As sculptors, their work calls into question our attachments; the physical bonds and […]

A Happy Accident, Clay and NCECA In 1956 I went off to the University of Southern California to study architecture. I needed one more elective. While standing in line to add the course, I asked the person in front of me for a suggestion. “Why not ceramics?” was the reply. The ceramic studio was humming with activity and my instructor was Susan Peterson. I was mesmerized by the potters wheel. […]

Call for submissions now open!  Entry fee for NCECA members only $20 (Non members $35 or BECOME A MEMBER)   Flow: The 2014 NCECA Invitational will be on exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum from February 22 to March 23, 2014 in conjunction with Material World, the 48th Annual NCECA Conference, taking place at the Delta Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 19 – March 22, 2014. The NCECA Invitational is a themed, curated […]

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