SOCIAL RECESSION: 55th Annual NCECA Ceramic Art Invitational at Weston Art Gallery

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CINCINNATI, OH— The Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts is pleased to present Social Recession through April 24 – a group exhibition of ceramic art presented in conjunction with Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 55th annual conference. For the first time, the conference is being presented virtually from March 17-20, 2021 (more information at In organizing the exhibition, Curator Shannon R. Stratton, Executive Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency (Saugatuck, MI), chose to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social interaction. 

The Gallery’s new hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required. The health and well-being of the Gallery’s guests, staff, and artists continue to be our number one priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented new Health and Safety Guidelines that can be found on our website at   

The call for artwork for the NCECA Annual invited artists to consider the tension between together and apart, interdependence, belonging, hospitality, and modes of support that allow people to extend themselves with mindfulness and compassion towards each other and to the non-human world. As the list of untenable and ailing structures that have caused harm begin to crumble, what change can be supported through connection, compassion, and empathy?

Selected works reflect on personal and cultural experiences that explore themes of the social and how social connection, as a renewable resource, is a means for addressing the challenges we face both individually and as a society. In addition to ceramics, the exhibition includes photography, video, and wall graphics contributed by 43 artists from across the Unites States and Canada. 

Social Recession is generously sponsored by Whitney and Phillip Long.

All dates and times are subject to change.

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts advances creation, teaching and learning through clay in the contemporary world. Ceramic art connects us to physical and cognitive experiences that foster environments of cultural equity, diversity, access, and inclusion. A dynamic membership organization founded in 1966, NCECA fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA’s programs, exhibitions, fellowships, opportunities, resources, and public events promote and improve the ceramic arts through education, community building, research and creative inspiration. Visit to learn more. Exhibitions produced in coordination with this conference are supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Since 1995, the Weston Art Gallery’s mission has been to present and support the visual arts of the Tri-state region through exhibitions and special programs. Its objectives are to foster an awareness and appreciation of the visual arts among area residents and to support the development of professional and emerging artists of the region. 

Weston Art Gallery 2020-21 Season Sponsor: DEE and TOM STEGMAN

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