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Hello NCECA Members,

I want to apologize for the frequency of messages the past couple weeks, but I have big news to share. Last Wednesday evening at the opening of the Critical Santa Fe Symposium, I made the first public announcement and introduction of Joshua Green as NCECA's new Executive Director.

The thoughtful and inclusive process of NCECA's executive search task force established criteria and preferences for seeking out and selecting a qualified candidate. Among these were finding someone from within the clay community, with depth of knowledge of the field, administrative experience, and the ability to articulate NCECA's vision as a leading arts organization. The Search Committee was unanimous on its first choice and the entire Board concurred. A visit on site with the NCECA staff was also very well received.

Our new ED comes most recently from a career of more than 21 years with Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, PA. Josh began working with clay as a teen and earned degrees at Bennington College and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His tenure with MCG has provided him with valuable and unique experiences in an education oriented, arts non-profit setting. He has worked as a teaching artist in community and higher education settings, and has established a track record as a successful grant writer, staff supervisor and program facilitator. You may remember that he was the On Site Conference Liaison in Pittsburgh (2008), and did a spectacular job of pulling the effort together with our staff and board on very short notice due to relocation of the conference from New Orleans.

During the extensive interview process Josh shared depth of thought, insight, passion and commitment that revealed how thoroughly he had done his homework and how clearly he could articulate his vision. His publications in the field reveal this critical mind as well. His dedication to the field and specifically to NCECA's future is impressive.

While I take this moment to welcome Josh Green on board with great excitement, I also wish to thank the people who made the search so thorough, professional and rigorous. Reviewing the quality of the applicants gave us confidence in a successful outcome. The three finalists were all very impressive and each person contributed senses of vision and insights that further informed and clarified our own images of NCECA's future possibilities. Extensive phone and in person interviews provided engaging and informative discourse about the candidates' capacities. The search team leadership provided by Dick Wehrs, Rhonda Willers, Sherman Hall, Patsy Cox and Lenny Dowhie guided this process. The Board also did a fine job of supporting the work of the committee, while asking the tough questions that needed to be addressed as well.

So join me in welcoming Josh Green as he arrives at the Erie office next week. The entire Board, the staff and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.

Sincerely,
Keith J. Williams, President, NCECA


NCECA Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
March 30 - April 2, 2011

Tidal Forces: The Next Wave examines and exposes the unbroken arc spanning our deepest traditions and the most contemporary emerging work. A tidal wave can work to tear down walls between old and new while unearthing what is hidden beneath the surface. We hope participants will look beyond what is conventional while remembering the roots of our powerful and multi-faceted art form. The 2011 conference will celebrate both the new works being created while also examining the power of traditional art.

As a gateway to the region, the planned exhibitions and program will focus on the regional and ethnic strengths of southern Florida by working to focus on the cultures such as those in Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Bahamian nations. The theme of immigration and migration will be reflected in a number of venues. A special feature of the conference will be increased participation by K-12 teachers and their students in exhibitions and attendance.

As the details of the program are announced, we are certain you will want to join us for a special "spring break" in what we believe will be the biggest and best NCECA ever.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

Cheech Marin will be the Keynote speaker for the 2011 NCECA Tampa/St. Petersburg Conference! Cheech Marin is best known as half of the hilariously irreverent duo Cheech and Chong. Cheech is an actor, director, comedian, author, and Chicano art collector.

Make your travel plans to arrive in time to pick up your name badge prior to Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, March 30 at 7pm. Registration will have extended hour until 7:30pm. Your conference name badge will be required to attend Opening Ceremonies.

NCECA 2011 Distinguished Lecture by John Perreault - Rescuing Craft
John Perreault was formerly the Senior Curator of the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse; Director, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor, Staten Island; Senior Curator, The American Craft Museum, and the Executive Director of UrbanGlass, in Brooklyn. He is a Past President of The American Section of the International Association of Art Critics and has published widely on avant-garde art and the crafts. He currently writes bi-monthly essays on art at www.artsjournal.com/artopia where he is read worldwide.


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