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Ohio Northern Faculty and Students To Attend National Ceramic Conference in Seattle

March—Ohio Northern University’s ceramic faculty and students will join other teachers, professors, artists, professionals and other students March 28–31 in Seattle, Washington for “On the Edge,” the 2012 professional conference organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

The NCECA 2012 conference investigates the broad perspective on objects, places and issues. The theme thrives on the intersection of old and new worlds with respect to distant and historic cultures: Asian, Pacific, Native American, and other North American cultures with an appreciation on how these cultures have influenced the contemporary ceramic practices.

Through creative stretching, the conference program also connects the edge of ceramic artists’ imagination and the appreciation of the artistic use of clay in dynamic new ways.

The 46th annual conference takes places at the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. In addition to the conference program, over 80 galleries, alternative spaces, and museums throughout the city and the nearby suburbs mount refined and meaningful ceramic art exhibitions to coincide with the conference.

Participants have the opportunity to attend live demonstrations, international, graduate student and K-12 image forums, and video screening projects related to the ceramic arts. The ceramic exhibitions celebrate the incredible diversity of the material, focusing on functional objects and tableware, sculpture, installation and performance.

This year, the conference is expected to draw a group of 5,000+ artists, educators, curators and collectors from across the United States and 50 countries. Attending the conference from Ohio Northern are:
• Prof. Luke Sheets, assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program,
• senior studio arts major Mayumi Kiefer from Troy,
• senior studio arts major Danielle Castelan from Republic,
• junior studio arts major Josie Dunham from Lima,
• and sophomore studio arts major Rebecca Krofcheck from Westerville.

NCECA, a professional association for the ceramic arts, promotes and advances the field through education, community building, research and creative inspiration. NCECA offers educational programs, exhibitions, events and publications to support its membership of artists, educators, students, individual and corporate patrons, gallery owners, museum curators and providers of ceramic arts.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.