2010 NCECA Invitational “Earth Matters”

The 44th Annual NCECA Conference, “Independence,” was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Philadelphia Convention Center, March 31 – April 3, 2010.  In conjunction with the conference, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design hosted the 2010 NCECA Invitational “Earth Matters” from March 13 to April 10, 2010.

The NCECA Invitational is a themed, curated exhibition that features leading edge, large scale and often challenging ceramic art.   Held in even-numbered years, this exhibition is a bit unusual in that a foundation group of works are selected by invitation; then artists are invited to submit additional images that support the theme for consideration. This format brings established reputations and emerging talent to bear on the selected theme and adds vitality and fresh perspectives to an ongoing dialogue. A color catalogue documents the exhibition experience and contains artists' biographies, pertinent essays and color images of the art. 
The exhibition is curated and organized by NCECA Exhibitions Director, Linda Ganstrom and will contain work that is either invited in or selected from submissions. 

2010 "Earth Matters" Participating Artists:

Susan Beiner
Aislinn Caron
Bryan Czibesz
Spencer Ebbinga
Shanna Fliegel
Roxanne Jackson
Gudrun Klix
Jae Won Lee
Emily Loehle
Kate MacDowell
Warren Mather
Anna Metcalfe
Dennis Lee Mitchell
Ted Neal
Grace Nickel
Justin Novak
Kip O’Krongly
Pamela Olson
George Penaloza
Sam Scott
Bonnie Seeman
Amy Smith
Keith Smith
Nan Smith
Ryan Takaba
Christopher Torrez
John Williams
Paula Winokur


The 2010 theme will be “Earth Matters” focusing on environmental appreciation, concerns and solutions related to human health.
Whether based in scientific fact or contemporary mythology, concerns about the environment are coloring the way contemporary artists are viewing the landscape, figure and still life.  Merging art with science, environmental art is giving rise to a contemporary perspective on nature while developing iconography, content and style with increased social relevance. Motivated by serious concerns about harm to our environment and its consequences to human health, significant numbers of artists are acting as agents of social change.  Some artists shout a warning; their empowering awareness spotlights the interdependence of global life and our ability to destroy the hand that feeds us. Others strive to develop an appreciation of the fragility of our natural resources, hoping to promote stewardship.  Yet another group suggests directions for moving forward in solving problems related to pollution, global warming, and protection of our food and water resources.  Increasingly skeptical about pat solutions offered by established systems, individuals are tailoring their beliefs to form a code of ethics that respects global interdependence and environmental concerns and sets thoughtful limits on the power of technology. If we are to thrive, global society needs independent critical thinking and creative approaches to managing the health of our planet and ourselves. Artists can be a part of that change.

Works exploring the following themes were considered.


The Exhibitions are a great wake up call to what's out there and the commitment that the work demonstrates. It is great seeing my students eyes light up when they see the exhibitions.
— Educator