Penn State School of Visual Arts alumni, students, and faculty traveled to Milwaukee, WI, recently to attend the 48th annual National Council of Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference, which brings together thousands of students, educators, and artists each year.
SoVA professors Liz Quackenbush, Shannon Goff, Chris Staley, and Steve Carpenter each had their ceramic work included in exhibitions, and MFA students Roberto Lugo and Brooks Oliver had their works curated in exhibitions at the conference as well. In addition, Professor Staley moderated a panel that included Theaster Gates, one of the most talked-about artists in the world today. Among Gates' many accomplishments, in 2012 he was named a Fellow of United States Artists, and in 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Vera List Center for Arts and Politics award.
Often, during the Q&A portion of a presentation, a SoVA representative was at the microphone posing provocative questions. It was a time for learning, teaching, reminiscing, and celebrating.