YSU Ceramics Program Represented at 2023 National Conference

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ceramics program at YSU’s Cliffe College of Creative Arts had 22 works included in the “Western Reserve Currents” exhibition at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

The NCECA conference will occur March 15-17 at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. The exhibition included original works from YSU Associate Professor Missy McCormick, faculty member and alumna Amanda Spinosa, and alumni Chris Kamykowski, Dan Newman and Maggie Paul. Eight current student works were represented: Alexis Best, Elena Carballo, Thomas Davidson, Justus Lowther, Leah Sydney, Alyssa Strange, Rose Redfoot and Mychal Vens. 

NCECA is a nonprofit organization that engages and sustains a community for ceramic art, teaching and learning. The association has 4,000 members from the United States and more than 20 foreign countries. 

Untitled work by Mychal Vens

An Akron arts organization, Curated Storefront, organized and presented collaborative exhibitions at NCECA’s 57th Annual Conference. Rick Rogers, executive director of Curated Storefront said, “Our goal is to create a diverse showcase of contemporary works in clay which emanate from the rich and ever-evolving creative epicenters of ceramic education, creation, and experimentation in northeast Ohio. To accomplish this, our creative and curatorial teams are bringing together ceramic artworks by alumni, faculty, staff, and current students into a single exhibit representing the Western Reserve of Northern Ohio.” 

The exhibition, titled “Western Reserve Currents,” featured work from artists representing the following institutions, art centers, and art collections: Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Curated Storefront, Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders, Hieronymus, Hope Center for Arts and Technology, Kathy Koop’s Celebration of Life, Kent State University, Northern Ohio Clay, The University of Akron, and Youngstown State University. 

Pictured at top: Works from the Chris Kamykowski Collection.

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