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Ohio Northern Faculty and Students To Attend National Ceramic Conference in Rhode Island

March—Experiments may take root in obscure places at seemingly inconsequential moments. They become lively when we learn that the issues and concerns under investigation connect with the minds and imaginations of others. Lively experiments become richer as different perspectives make contact.

Ohio Northern University’s ceramic faculty and students will join other teachers, professors, artists, professionals and other students March 25–28 in Providence, Rhode Island for “Lively Experiments,” the 2015 professional conference organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premiere event for ceramic art, attracting thousands each year. Lively Experiments will join ceramic art’s historic engagement with empirical research and discovery to today’s evolving creative commons. Conference programming will investigate, celebrate and promote discourse in lively experimentation through aesthetics, history, criticism, pedagogy, professional practice, technology, and sustainability. Special strands dedicated to K-12 education and student-centered programming will also be incorporated along with opportunities to learn about ceramics study, residency opportunities, services and products.

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,
• Leah Casey, sophomore studio arts/ Pre-Art Therapy Option student from Medina
• Corrie Smith, sophomore studio arts student from Van Wert, and
• Alyssa Perkins, sophomore studio arts/ Pre-Art Therapy Option student from Green Springs.

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.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, 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 “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.