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Nicholas Oh, Rocket#10

The NCECA National Juried Student Exhibition has quickly become one of the premier exhibitions of student ceramic work in the United States.” Kevin Ramler, student director-at-large of the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts)

On March 19 – 22, Milwaukee hosts the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 48th annual “Material World” Conference. In association with the conference, MIAD is honored to host the 5th annual NCECA National Juried Student Exhibition, opening March 4 in the college’s Frederick Layton Gallery.

An Opening Reception, including an Award Ceremony, will be held Thursday, March 20, 6 – 9 p.m. The exhibition runs through March 22. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sharon McCoy, Help with Flying

The NCECA’s National Juried Student Exhibition features 59 student works by 57 artists representing 39 schools throughout the nation. The exhibition, juried by Tara Wilson and Jeffrey Mongrain, highlights emerging talent in the ceramic field, and presents the variety and caliber of student work from across the country. The exhibition addresses a variety of aesthetic concerns, including dynamic new perspectives on traditional decorative arts, the utilization of unique glazes and expressive textures, hauntingly life-like figuration, and even an electronic sculpture that responds to the viewer.

“Material World” explores the moment when an object stands out against the backdrop of the world, and is able to be seen and understood in surprising new ways. The conference includes keynote speaker Theaster Gates, roundtable discussions, lectures and demonstrations.

Click here for additional ceramic exhibitions throughout Milwaukee in association with the NCECA Conference.

First image: Nicholas Oh, Rocket#10, 2013, white stoneware, 18″ x 16″ x 9″
Second image: Sharon McCoy, Help with Flying, 2013, clay and found object, 36″ x 36″ x 48″