Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host the 2013 NCECA Biennial, the premier exhibition of ceramic arts in the United States, January 25 – May 5, 2013. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) organized the exhibition, which coincides with its 47th Annual Conference in Houston.
The exceptionally wide range of entries and the high degree of visibility of the exhibition within the field make the 2013 NCECA Biennial an unparalleled investigation of contemporary ceramic expression. Organized by NCECA Exhibitions Director, Linda Ganstrom, Professor of Art at Fort Hays State University – Kansas, the biennial includes 39 works by 35 artists selected by jurors Cristina Cordova, Richard Notkin and Namita Gupta Wiggers. Rather than a broad survey exhibition, the 2013 NCECA Biennial represents a unique viewpoint of three leading-edge experts in the field of contemporary ceramic art and craft practice. Cordova and Notkin are world-renowned ceramic artists living and working in North Carolina and Montana respectively. Namita Gupta Wiggers is Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.
More than 740 artists submitted more than 1,360 entries for the exhibition, which represents one of the cornerstones of NCECA’s 47th Annual Conference in Houston. On-Site Conference Liaisons, Merrie Wright and Jeff Forster, members of the faculty of University of Texas -Tyler and the Glassell School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, respectively, worked with regional planners and NCECA’s board to develop the Houston conference theme, Earth/Energy. In association with the conference, NCECA has planned and sited more than 100 exhibitions of ceramic art that will take place throughout the region. HCCC Executive Director, Julie Farr, commented, “From Galveston to Beaumont and stretching to the Woodlands, no other event of this scope so unites the visual arts community in the greater Houston area. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to be the anchor and host of the longest running exhibition during this spring’s concentration on ceramic arts.”