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    NCECA 2011 - Tidal Forces: The Next Wave
    Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
    March 30 - April 2, 2011

    Hello fellow NCECA members,

    I'm taking some time amidst the throes of the beginning of a new semester to share some observations and thoughts about our organization.

    As you might imagine, the crunch-time for our staff is now upon us. Conference registrations are coming in and the orchestration, and occasional trouble-shooting, of all of the moving parts of the conference are coming into place.

    With that said, from this seat, I have learned that NCECA is so much more than the conference now. Our mission retains clay education at its heart, but we are now seen as a year-round hub of ceramics information and activity that we have action items requiring continual attention, planning and action. Opportunities and challenges can fly in fast. We do our best to consider the implications of our choices as we move forward. Always our actions and responses are the products of healthy reflection and with an eye towards the future of ceramic art.

    This is all to say that you, as members, are involved with a respected, healthy, living organization that is intentionally as responsive as it can be in the 21st C. world. As I sat at the NCECA table last November at the Chicago SOFA Exhibition, I had a conversation with a woman at a booth representing another medium. She expressed how much their members wished their organization looked as prominent and responsive as ours. Her opinion was that NCECA was essentially the standard bearer for non-profit arts organizations. It was only one person's opinion, and as a mid-Westerner I'm not used to feeling proud, but I admit that I felt pretty good. I continue to feel honored to be President.
    Keith J. Williams []:{

    Welcome from Tampa/St. Pete!!!

    With only two months left until the Tampa/St. Pete Conference, we image that you are busily planning, registering, signing up for the shuttle bus tours and making travel arrangements. We want you to think about coming a bit early as this area has much to offer. Of course, there are the beaches in the area that beckon, the time coincidentally being spring break. However, if you want to expand your conference experience we ask you to consider the many wonderful and exciting pre-conferences available to you.

    The events range from a lecture by Richard Notkin to a professional development workshop with Wendy Rosen. There are more traditional format workshops with the Coleman's, the Pipenburg's and Robin Hopper. For those who want to participate in a firing, there will be an anagama kiln workshop. There is an opportunity to come to dinner and be served on dinnerware made by prominent clay artists. For those of you wanting to build ideas for work, a workshop by Suze Lindsay, Kent McLaughlin and Gay Smith will focus on concept. And another exciting possibility is Creating Meaning, which will feature Kathy King, Kevin Snipes and Nan Smith working on technique and talking about their work.

    We would recommend you make plans to attend one (or more) of these pre-conferences and register soon. Most have limited spaces and some are filling up fast.
    CLICK HERE for the locations, costs and registration details on the NCECA website.

    We look forward to seeing you in the Tampa/St. Pete area - early!
    Your Co-Liaisons,
    Brian Ransom and Anna Calluori Holcombe


    Conference Program Changes and Updates
    Changes and updates have occurred to conference programming in recent weeks. One of these is the unfortunate withdrawal of our anticipated keynote speaker, Cheech Marin. NCECA is on the cusp of being able to make an exciting announcement about a new keynote speaker in the coming days.

    Additions include more comprehensive information about Programming, Exhibitions/Shuttle bus routes, Student Opportunities, and International Residencies. New information continues to be added regularly!

    Exhibitions and Shuttle Bus Routes Full List of 2011 Exhibitions, Shuttle Routes and link to Lew White Tours to purchase tickets NOW! Find out who is showing art work and where!!!

    Preliminary Program (updated 1.27.11) and Topical Discussions/NCECA Connections; topics, times, and locations.

    Exhibitors Current lists of Commercial Manufacturers/Suppliers and Institutional Resource tables. See who will be in the Exhibit Hall in Tampa/St. Petersburg!

    Student Opportunities
    Call for Student Director at Large - New position open to work with the current SDAL. Now is your chance to serve on the NCECA Board!
    Student Perspectives: Student led programming.
    Student Critique Room and Call for Mentor volunteers - have your work critiqued by a volunteer mentor.

    2011 International Residency Opportunities - Applications now being accepted for month long residencies in China, Australia, Canada.

    NEW Calls for Submissions

    NCECA has opened the Call for the 2012 Invitational Exhibition - PUSH PLAY

    2011 Regional Exhibition - UNCOMMON GROUND: IMPACT AND INFLUENCE. A co-sponsored exhibition by NCECA and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO.

    The Call for the 2012 NATIONAL STUDENT JURIED EXHIBITION will open April 14, 2011.

    Contact NCECA
    phone: 866-266-2322