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Russell Wrankle reflects on his experience…..
“At the time of applying to the board, I was on a steep professional learning curve. I was just getting comfortable with teaching and taking some risks in the classroom, I was learning the politics of academia and doing a lot of fundraising. It was a real growth time for me. So I thought I should pile on the discomfort and apply to the Board. My first NCECA was Minneapolis and I’ve been to many since. More than anything, it’s the relationships that I have developed over the years by attending NCECA that are the most meaningful. And the relationships are amplified as a board member. Working closely with the board I have learned so much about the inner working of NCECA and how much thought, consideration, and effort goes into making the organization one that serves a diverse population. The board cares deeply about NCECA and it’s nice that I could be a part of a board who actively put the organization above personal ego.
And as the DAL (Director-At-Large) over the Gallery Expo, I have had the opportunity to get to know the gallerists and their artists. The Expo has the potential to be overly competitive since there’s money involved, but everyone is so generous with each other. My view is that all boats rise with the tide and I’d say that the galleries agree. Many of these relationships with the galleries will last me a lifetime. I’m honored to know people that operate with such integrity. Maybe I have blinders on, but I truly believe most folks involved with NCECA have the greater good in mind. And I’m glad to be part of it.
One other thing, the collective intelligence of the board is awe inspiring. It’s been a challenge to keep up. Talk about discomfort, I’ve never been more pleasantly uncomfortable in my life. I’m glad to be going off the board, but I will also miss the hell out of it.”
For more information about the Director-at-Large positions visit the NCECA website Board Nominations Page
Deadline to apply, October 10. Questions about Board Nominations? please email email@example.com
Finish up those applications for the 2019 NCECA Emerging Artist!
“Applying for the NCECA emerging artist was such a spur of the moment decision for me. Not something I ever thought I would apply for, but was encourage by some amazing potters and makers. So I tossed my hat in, got my application in within a few days of the deadline! It was a wonderful experience and really challenged me in new ways (public speaking) and gave me opportunities I wasn’t even aware of! So I encourage everybody, especially folks working in functional work to apply, you may not think you are ready but why not practice applying and get some professional feedback!! And you never know!!” – Sunshine Cobb
NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the award is to recognize, cultivate and amplify vital, new voices of creative endeavor in ceramics.
Because the concept of emergence in the arts does not invariably correlate with a specific age, or other quantifiable terms, NCECA requires applicants to briefly describe why they perceive themselves to be at an emergent point in their careers and how they anticipate the award will impact the trajectory of their endeavors.
For more information – visit the NCECA website at: https://nceca.net/nceca-calls-and-exhibitions/emerging-artists/
The dealine is next week, so finish up those applications! Good Luck!
NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the award is to recognize, cultivate and amplify vital, new voices of creative endeavor in ceramics. The award enables these artists to reach broader national and international audiences and impact discourse in the field.
NCECA’s Emerging Artists program recognizes exceptional early career artists highlighting them to an international audience during NCECA’s Annual Conference and promoting them year round through the NCECA blog. blog.nceca.net. The awards include opportunities for increased exposure through exhibition and special events.
Matt Kelleher Emerging Artist from ten years ago, 2008 reflects…
“Looking back to the opportunity of NCECA Emerging Artist in 2008, I think of the scale. Presenting my work and ideas on such a large platform. It came at a perfect time for me as I was wrapping up a 3 year residency at Penland School of Crafts and heading out to set up my own studio and business. The event did not change my career over night, but was more of a recognition of how I had grown up to that point.”
The NCECA Emerging Artist program deadline is coming up!
October 3rd, 2018. Consider applying at 2019 NCECA Emerging Artist
Hello Teachers, Mentors and Artists,
The anticipation of NCECA is starting to close in around us. For some of us adept conference goer, we know the experience as a time to relax, scramble to get to everything, catch up with friends and see great art in a new city that openly welcomes our ceramics community to their front door. It’s like Christmas in March!
For some students, these feeling are secondary. Their great anticipation is the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with a ceramic artist they wouldn’t normally have the capacity to formally talk to. This experience can change the life of a young ceramics artist still trying to find their voice.
Please consider participating: Student Critiques will happen on Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th from 9am until 4:30pm in Room 310 at the David L. Lawrence Conference Center.
It’s easy to become an unforgettable presence in the life of a young student, and it only take a Half Hour.
–Click Here To Sign Up–
Please contact Student Director at Large (Brandon Schnur) For any questions or concerns: Brandonschnurnceca@gmail.com
Quest for Clay: The Importance of Travel, 2017 NCECA, Portland, Oregon
Even as the pressures of the semester are winding down for most students and everyone gearing up for summer activities, I want to make sure that everyone is still keeping NCECA on their minds. Now is the time for thinking about how you want to shape your future and your ideas, NCECA wants to give you the opportunity to focus these ideas and share your thoughts and energy with everyone. As a community run organization, everyone is welcome to help form our content, and students play just as vital of a role as anyone else. Not quite sure exactly what Student Interests content is? Mary Cloonan, NCECA’s Programs Director, explains it in her “Apply Yourself!” post (Read the full article here): Apply Yourself!
As a graduate student I have had a lot of life experiences, both good and bad, and feel like I have a story to tell. I was in China when I when I applied for my first NCECA lecture, as I realized how important travel and studying abroad was for my art practice and myself. Why would I not want to share my experiences and my collection of ideas if I thought it could help other, or inspire new ideas?
This is the best opportunity for students to share themselves in a meaningful way, and all too often students don’t take advantage of this wonderful chance. Do you have a project, collaboration, or just an experience you want to share? Who better to tell the stories you want to hear at NCECA than you? The application deadline for Student Perspective program proposals is September 6th, 2017 for the 52nd Annual Conference CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Link to application:) Student Interests Programming Proposals.
Mark your calendars and I hope to hear your story in Pittsburgh.
-If you have any questions or concerns you can email either NCECA Student Director at Large, Naomi Clements or Myself: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Student, West Virginia University
Student Director at Large 2017- 2019
Quest for Clay: The Importance of Travel, 2017 NCECA, Portland, Oregon
Not only is our upcoming conference upon us, we find ourselves in need of new Board members for the 2017-2020 term. So, it is election time again for NCECA, and we hope all of our members will participate by casting their vote to help us fill our soon-to-be vacant Board positions for a Director at Large and a Student Director at Large.
It is now our fourth year with electronic voting, so hopefully we all feel comfortable now with this method. Voter numbers skyrocketed last year, so we are confident that this is best way to allow all our members a chance to vote easily and safely for the candidates of their choice.
All NCECA members should be on the lookout for our ballot email, sent on March 3, 2017 from NCECA via SurveyMonkey. This email will contain a personalized link to your ballot. Click on the link that says “Vote Now” to cast your vote. It is that easy. No need to remember tricky passwords, or to search for specific websites. Just click the link, select your candidates, and submit your vote. Easy as pie (which we definitely approve of as your reward for voting!).
Before you vote, please click here http://nceca.net/board-candidates/ to learn more about each candidate and to watch their short online campaign videos.
One of the strengths of the NCECA Board is that, with our staggered terms, the Board is always changing. If helping govern NCECA, planning conferences, and working to shape the future of our field sounds interesting to you, we would love to have you as part of our team. Stop by the NCECA table at the conference, and introduce yourself to a current board member. We would love to meet you, and get you more involved in NCECA. (Click here to see who is currently serving, and please do say hello: http://nceca.net/about-us-2/current-directors-and-staff/)
2017 voting requirements nitty-gritty
Here is what you need to know…
- This year, NCECA is holding elections to fill two positions on its Board of Directors: Director at Large (DAL) and Student Director at Large (SDAL). To learn more about the DAL and SDAL positions, to watch brief candidate videos, see headshots, and to read our candidates bios, click here: http://nceca.net/board-candidates/
- The NCECA board, under advisement by the nominations committee, has approved two nominees for Director at Large. Candidates for Student Director at Large are not subject to board ratification, but must meet the requirements for student status.
- Only current NCECA members can vote. Please verify your membership status before you make an effort to vote for 2017 candidates. NCECA memberships expire one year from the date on which they were purchased or last renewed. The primary contact of Business, Institutional and Gallery memberships will be the individual who is eligible to cast a vote on behalf of their entities.
- Remember, membership is separate from conference fees, and only current members will have access to an e-ballot. (Click here to become a member today: https://www.netforumpro.com/eweb/StartPage.aspx?Logoff=Yes&Site=nceca
- Elections will open March 3, 2017 and will be conducted via SurveyMonkey. All current members prior to March 1, 2017 will receive an evite to vote.
- Please watch your email for our SurveyMonkey link to vote. If you are a member, and do not receive an email link, or have any questions about this election, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your evite to vote.
- All votes must be cast via SurveyMonkey no later than 4pm, Friday, March 24, 2017. If you become an NCECA member while at conference, please see Candice at registration to get set up for voting at that time.
- Election winners will be announced at the close of the second members’ business meeting on the final day of the Portland conference, Saturday, March 25, 2017.
- Please note that the deadline for all self- and peer-nominations for board positions has passed. Nominations will no longer be accepted from the floor during the conference at the first members’ business meeting at the annual conference. If you missed the deadline this year, please consider running for a board position in 2018. We would love to have you join our team!