USF to Host Top Student Ceramic Artists

Opening receptions this Friday evening at Centre and William & Nancy Oliver Galleries for the National Student Juried Exhibition.



TAMPA, Fla. (March 30, 2011) – Some of the most exciting examples of work from emerging ceramic artists will be on display when the Centre Gallery, in conjunction with the William and Nancy Oliver Gallery at the University of South Florida, hosts the 2011 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE).


Opening receptions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Apr. 1, in both galleries. The Centre Gallery is located in the Marshall Student Center, Room 2700 and the Oliver Gallery is in the Fine Arts Studio building on the Tampa campus. Both events are free and open to the public.


Now in its second year as a national exhibition, the 2011 NSJE received a record number of 339 entries from 148 schools. The 40 works selected by jurors Neil Forrest and Ayumi Horie represent the expansive scope of student work from across the country. From cutting edge to a firm grasp on tradition, exploring a variety of materials, methods and concepts, the works selected provide a tantalizing hint of “the next wave” in ceramic art.


NCECA also has two other official exhibitions going on at USF, “Recurring Currents” in Gallery 102 in the College of The Arts Fine Arts Hall and “Receding Waters: Uncovering the Surface” in the Theatre 1 Lobby. Both exhibitions are also holding receptions Friday, Apr. 1, “Receding Waters begins at 6 p.m. and Recurring Currents begins at 7 p.m.


In addition, the NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition Awards presentation will be held at the Contemporary Art Museum Apr. 1 at 7 p.m. during the USF MFA Graduation Exhibition opening reception. A separate event, the annual graduation exhibition features final projects by MFA candidates in the USF School of Art and Art History. And from 8 to 11 p.m. the same evening in the Fine Arts Hall building, ArtHouse, invites the Tampa Bay community to visit USF’s open studios and galleries to enjoy art, live music, food and drink. 


USF is a major destination for the 2011 NCECA 2011 45th Annual Conference taking place in multiple locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg from Mar. 30 through Apr. 12. This year’s theme is “Tidal Forces: The Next Wave” and the conference is expected to draw more than 5000 artists, educators, collectors and ceramics aficionados.


The official information for all the NCECA & USF events and exhibitions can be found by clicking here or go to A visitor’s map and guide to the exhibition is available here or visit


Selected artists for the 2011 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition are Ryan Blackwell, Heidi Casto, Steven Colby, Robin Dupont, Brett Freund, Andew Gilliatt, Melissa Griffin, CJ Jilek, Patrick Paine, William Pariso, Bethany Pelle, Peter Pincus, Amie Rodgers, Charlie Schneider, Mark Stafford, James Tingey, Kyle Triplett, Kwok Pong Tso, Paige Wright, Matthew Ziemke, Forrest Gard, Hannah Blackwell, Remy Bordas, Alix Brodeur, Margeaux Claude, Ryan Fletcher, Bethany Grabert, Lea Griggs, Michael Kern, Nicolle Lamere, Roberto Lugo, Shaina Lund, Andrew Molleur, Bonilyn Parker, Stephanie Ratliff, Robert Shiles, Tess Stilwell.


NCECA is the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. “Through its annual conferences, exhibitions, publications, resources and symposia, NCECA is a dynamic membership organization that inspires passionate interests and cultivates thoughtful practice in the ceramic arts and education.” For more information, visit


For more information about the Centre Gallery please call (813) 974-5464. For information on the William and Nancy Oliver Gallery please contact the USF School of Art and Art History office, (813) 974-2360.


About the Centre Gallery


Centre Gallery is an innovative, student-run art exhibition space at the University of South Florida ( Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.