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Many of you are already eyeball-deep into the start of the new school year, preparing for upcoming events or making work in the studio in balance with all your other activities that make our field such a rich and energized experience at every level. Others on the supply side of the ceramic equation are busy answering questions and filling orders to prepare those studios for creative activity. Earlier this week I saw my first Christmas display at my local big box store, which feels even more rushed given the hundred plus degree temperatures most of the country is still experiencing. It hit me that the New Year is right around the corner, which means we will see you in Houston in a few short months. Expect to find programming that will serve to stimulate and titillate your studio practice. Keep your eyes open for a new string of programming that will take place on the first Wednesday of the conference where you will find conversations from gallery and artist participants that will be sure to inform and inspire.
The opportunity to serve our organization as a board member is one of the most challenging and rewarding responsibilities I have ever committed to. Our current composition includes some of the greatest minds in our field, all of who contribute to the form and texture of what is NCECA. We are looking for nominations for upcoming open board positions. Consider putting yourself or someone you know who is uniquely suited to fill one of these positions forward. In that same vein, pay special attention to the call for awards nominations that recognize and celebrate those that have made significant contributions to the field, those nominations come from YOU.
Your volunteer Board of Directors has been in a serious semi-monogamous relationship......with Skype because we are mid-way between our June meeting and our October meeting in Milwaukee. As a board we have a responsibility to revisit our guiding and governing documents and practices. We continue to be engaged in review and assessments to best serve our mission and goals; this is how we continue to remain current and connected.
'Til next we meet, thank you for the work you do in advancing the field. The EARTH in your hands and the ENERGY that you generate with your local activity are sure to culminate in a milestone experience when we meet in Houston for NCECA 2013 Earth/Energy. We can't wait to see and hear about what you've been working on.
Positions opening on NCECA's Board of Directors in spring 2013 include Student Director at Large, Director at Large, Treasurer and Communications Director. Job descriptions for these positions can be found on NCECA's website. NCECA's Nominations Committee will be considering candidates for three of these positions: Director at Large, Treasurer and Communications Director.
Nominations for the Director at Large and Student Director at Large positions may also be made from the floor of the First Members' Business Meeting which will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Thursday morning, March 21, 2013.
Those interested in the Student Director at Large position must be nominated from the floor at the First Members' Meeting.
If you are interested in running for the board or think you know someone who would be a great asset to NCECA's leadership team, please review the general responsibilities of the role and specific descriptions of positions that will be opening in spring 2013.
Please send names of potential candidates for consideration by the Nominations Committee to Keith Williams ASAP and no later than Sept. 15th. Also remember that nominations for these positions may come from the floor during the first Members' Business Meeting at the Annual Conference.
2013 NCECA Nominations Committee Members include...
Nominations are now open for NCECA Fellows, Honors, Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Achievement Awards. Descriptions of the qualifications for these awards follow. The nominator must be a current member of NCECA to submit a nomination.
Fellow of the Council shall be persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. They shall be members in good standing and shall have served the Council in significant ways for at least five years. Up to two Fellows may be awarded in any one year. No Board Member is eligible for this award while serving on the Board.
Honorary Members shall be persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the professional development of the ceramic arts, over the course of their career, in accordance with criteria established by the Board of Directors. Up to two Honorary Members may be awarded in any one year.
Excellence in Teaching Award. Recipients should be near or at the end of a career dedicated to the practice of teaching (may be awarded posthumously); shall have demonstrated excellence in their own creative work; shall have had previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching; and should have highly visible former students in the field. Up to two Excellence in Teaching Awards may be made in any one year.
Outstanding Achievement Award. Open to contemporary artists, educators, writers and others; this award recognizes individuals who have successfully completed a singular project that has contributed to the field of ceramic art in an extraordinary way. The scope of the venture should be above and beyond what would typically be considered his/her professional responsibilities. Only one Outstanding Achievement Award may be given in any one year.
Earlier this month NCECA was saddened to learn of the passing of Nan McKinnell, peacefully at her home in Fort Collins on August 9th, 2012. She was 99 years old, and those who knew her were not surprised to learn that her interest in clay never faded. Through her work and teaching Nan inspired numerous careers in clay and along with her husband Jim (1919-2005) was an important figure in the development of the American studio potter movement since the 1950s. In recognition for her contributions to the field, Nan was named an Honorary Member of NCECA in 1977.
According to a family friend, a biography on the McKinnells is to be published by the end of the year. Further insight into the relationships and events that influenced the McKinnells' lives in clay can be found in the transcript of Kathy Holt's wonderful interview with Nan for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-nan-mckinnell-12178
The McKinnell family has suggested that contributions may be made in Nan's honor to a cause dear to her heart, the McKinnell Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships for ceramics students at Arapahoe Community College. Checks to the Arapahoe Community College Foundation (marked for the McKinnell Endowment Fund) can be mailed to the attention of Courtney Loehfelm, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Campus Box 43, Littleton, CO 80160-9002.
This month we were excited to learn about two great web-resources. Julia Galloway's Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans offers a treasure trove of useful information about developing your life in clay along with inspiring and informative interviews with makers.
Chris Staley and videographers at Penn State University have have embarked on a project through which they plan to release a new short video each week of the semester. Can You Teach Creativity? The first installment in the series, "Art & Life" has just been released. Future videos in the series will be posted on Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture website.
If you are excited about a web-resource that should receive increased awareness, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your message send us a link to the resource and a few words about why you feel the resource is exceptional and we will consider sharing it in a future e-news.
Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics opens at Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design's Visual Arts Gallery to on August 29, 2012. A public reception will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 5‐8pm at the SFCC Visual art Gallery. (6401 Richards Ave). The exhibition runs through September 20, 2012.
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