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2020 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition (NJSE) Merit and Purchase Awards

NCECA Graduate Awards for Student Excellence

1st Place: Lukas Easton, Urban Strata
   Alfred University, Alfred NY
2nd Place: Kourtney Stone, Bodily Memories From My Mom's Side
   Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
3rd Place: Kayla Barta, Old Stomping Grounds
   Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

NCECA Undergraduate Awards for Student Excellence

1st Place: Nicole McLaughlin, La Reflejo
   Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2nd Place: Jinblossom Plati, Sky
   Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
3rd Place: Janet Macias, Eres Muxer
   East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA

Aardvark Clay Purchase Award

Dallas Wooten, Patterned Urn, Ohio University, Athens, OH - Graduate

KBH Merit Award

Cindy Leung, People Talk, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - Graduate

Elmer Craig Merit Award

Donté Hayes, Feed, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA - Graduate

Smith Sharpe Fire Brick Supply Merit Award

Torie Dombrowski, Anthozoa, Buffalo State University, Buffalo, NY - Undergraduate

Mudtools Merit Award

Jamin Shephard, Imaginary Landscapes 027, University of Texas at Tyler - Undergraduate

Studio Potter Merit Awards

Heather McLelland, Egg Mixing Bowl for One, East Carolina Univ, Greenville, NC – Graduate
Luciano Pimienta, Fallen Fruit, San Diego State University, San Diego CA – Graduate
Megan Thomas, Let Me Tell You A Secret/I'll Put It In Your Mind, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT - Graduate


NCECA’s cornerstone exhibition was open to students currently in higher education programs throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. More than 300 artists submitted a total of nearly 1,000 images for consideration by ceramic artists Virginia Scotchie and Salvador Jiménez-Flores. Merit awards will be selected by the jurors and the final award list will be published here and on the NCECA website in the near future. Recent NJSE Exhibition Awards have included NCECA, company and organizationally sponsored cash prizes, and purchase awards.


Co-juror for the 2020 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, Virginia Scotchie is head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She holds a BFA in ceramics from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and completed her MFA at Alfred University in New York. Exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, Scotchie has received numerous awards including the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Premiere Award from the Shepparton Museum (Australia). She has lectured internationally and been an Artist in Residence in Taiwan, Italy, Australia, and the Netherlands. Her work is in public and private collections including the Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan) and the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums (China). Scotchie’s sculptural ceramics are abstracted from domestic objects and pottery, often considering the relationships between multiple parts to space that she envisions as a middle ground between the concrete reality of things made and their resulting meaning.

Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. Since coming to the United States, Jiménez-Flores has contributed to the art scene by producing a mixture of socially conscious installation, public, and studio-based art. He has presented his work at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary, Arts and Casa de la Cultura in Jalisco, México amongst others. Jiménez- Flores recently completed a two year-long artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. Also he served as the Artist-In-Residence for the City of Boston. Jiménez-Flores is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants, The New England Foundation for the Arts, and was awarded the Kohler Arts Industry Residency for 2019. He was recently appointed Assistant Professor in ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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NCECA Juried Student Exhibition


Originally scheduled March 25 - April 19, 2020
Moved to online format due to COVID-19

Congratulations to the Artists Selected for the NCECA Juried Student Exhibition

Click on artist's name below for images and information

Collyn Ahren, Parsons Fine Arts
Isolina Alva, Maryland Institute College of Art
Chris Alveshere, Alfred University
Audrey An, Pennsylvania State University
Kayla Barta, Indiana University
Harrison Boden, Northwest Missouri State University
Aisha Bryant, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Aaron Caldwell, Illinois State University
Uriel Caspi, Alfred University
Hoi Chang, California College of Arts
Sydney Clark, Kansas City Art Institute
Emily Connell, Ohio University
Torie Dombrowski, Buffalo State University
Lukas Easton, Alfred University
Danielle Hawk, Towson University
Donté Hayes, University of Iowa
Max Henderson, Pennsylvania State University
Emily Irvin, University of Colorado, Boulder
Jennifer Kaplan, University of Notre Dame
Katie Kearns, Louisiana State University
Cindy Leung, University of Florida
Janet Macias, East Los Angeles College
Nicole McLaughlin, Kansas City Art Institute
Heather McLelland, East Carolina University
Brian McNamara, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Elinore Noyes, Kansas City Art Institute
Danielle O'Malley, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Jada Patterson, Kansas City Art Institute
Luciano Pimienta, San Diego State University
Gina Pisto, Ohio University
Jinblossom Plati, Kansas City Art Institute
Samantha Purze, Indiana University Southeast
Andy Romero, University of Washington
Jessica Sanders, University of Texas at Tyler
Hunter Saxton, Kansas City Art Institute
Joshua Schutz, Alfred University
Jamin Shepherd, University of Texas at Tyler
Lilah Shepherd, University of Texas at Tyler
Brittany Sparks, East Tennessee State University
Hailey Stammer, Alfred University
Kourtney Stone, Georgia State University
RJ Sturgess, Georgia State University
Megan Thomas, Utah State University
Jessica Villegas, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
Christopher Williams, University of Arkansas
Dallas Wooten, Ohio University
ChengOu Yu, Alfred University
Matthew Zorn Louisiana State University

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