The Visual Arts Center of Richmond hosts four exhibitions as part of “Coalescence,” the national conference for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

March 16, 2024 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will cohost the 58th National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference in Richmond, Virginia March 20-23, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. NCECA isa non-profit, membership organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts.

As part of the conference, over 70 exhibitions will be held around the city featuring art created by ceramicists across the country and beyond. VisArts is hosting three exhibitions onsite: “The 2024 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition” show and awards ceremony, “The Regional K-12 Exhibition” and “Unsettling Extractions.” A fourth exhibition, “Of Mud & Blood” is on view offsite, and is a collaborative show co-hosted by VisArts and Material Room. 

“The 2024 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition,” on display in the True F. Luck Gallery at VisArts now through March 24, features work from undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate artists in programs based in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. April D. Felipe and curator Jennifer Zwilling selected works incorporating clay as a principal material of concept, expression, design, and experimentation. An awards reception will be held in the gallery March 22, 6-8 p.m. 

“The Regional K-12 Exhibition” features work from students in the greater Richmond area and will be on display in Clay Studio 1 March 18-23.    

Unsettling Extractions,is on view in the Dominion Room from March 20-22. The show features artists who investigate, disrupt and reimagine extractive systems in historical and contemporary material culture and environments. The exhibit is curated by Lauren Sandler. 

Co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Center and Material Room, Of Mud & Blood” features collaborative works created by Central Virginia-based ceramicists and tattoo artists. The traits of each medium’s traditional styles and techniques are brought together in this show to bridge the two worlds of art and ceramics. The art is available to view through March 24 at Material Room, 3119 W. Marshall St.  

All exhibitions of the NCECA conference are free and open to the public. For information about other exhibitions held during the conference, visit: