Wit and Menace Operetta
7 pm – 10 pm
Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center
201 W 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Mark Southerland’s new operetta, Wit and Menace, will open the NCECA conference. It feature two new wearable, playable hornsculpture collaborations with Linda Lighton, worns by vocalists Victoria Sofia Botero and Annie Ellicott. Also featuring poems by Iris Applequist and garments by Rachel Anne Gottlieb.
5 pm – 9 pm
1922 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
Pewabic: Pats/Present celebrates Mary Chase Perry Stratton and her tremendous impact and influence upon the world of ceramics alongside educators who continue her mission today.
Across the Table, Across the Land
5 pm – 9:30 pm
1000 W 25th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Charlotte Street Foundation presents Across the Table, Across the Land, curated by Namita Wiggers and Michael Strand. Celebrates NCECA’s 50th anniversary for bringing together works made by NCECA members and K-12 Challenge participants. Across the Table, Across the Land is designed to reveal the breath and depth of connections between ceramics and the community- focusing on food and communal meals. It aims to showcase how ceramics, and the ceramics community, bring people together everyday.
A Tisket A Tasket
6pm – 9 pm
217 W 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
A Tisket, A Tasket is a participatory installation featuring the work of Charity Thackson and Julia Six. The exhibition explores how and why people assign value to objects through a part scavenger hunt installation.
Noguchi Court, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111
A collaborative audio performance presenting experimental instruments conceived and built by Reverend William Ellis Bradley and Joey Watson, featuring the audio/visual expertise of J. Ashley Miller and clothing accessories designed by Nathan Alexander Bunch, Mary Eleanor Wallace and Noël Morical.
LIFTED by Joey Watson, STAY ASLEEP by Christina West
5 pm – 10 pm
1613 Genessee St, Kansas City, MO 64102
The opening of two solo exhibitions this Friday, March 18 from 5 to 10 pm. This programming is presented by PLUG Projects as part of NCECA. PLUG will be open to the public on March 16 and 17 from 10 am – 5 pm.
Emily Connell: Vade Mecum
6 pm – 9 pm
916 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106
Vade Mecum is a collection of books that have undergone an alchemical conversion. Found reference books are encased, page-by-page, and slick. Firing the books in the kiln transform them into a reliquary Shell, containing the ashes of the book within. It’s pieces cut revealing the cross-section of the ceramic pages, and returning the book to an open, active state. Connell’s work is influenced by her upbringing and Catholic school, and the teachings of union with the Divine through desire and intuitive contemplation – beyond the limits of empirical knowledge.
6 – 8 pm
Red Lady Gallery
1229 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101
RISE highlights the emerging talent from the Fort Hays State University Graduate Program. This diverse group of makers exemplifies fine craft, celebrates traditional practice, and contributes to the field through concept and process driven work. RISE is hosted by The Red Lady Gallery in Kansas City’s historic West Bottoms. The Reception will be held Friday, March 18th from 6pm-8pm.
Vernal Equinox Video Meditation
Night Blooms Darkroom and Bookstore
529 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
Celebrate the Seasonal Change with A Vernal Equinox Video Meditation. The source audio for this night has been painstakingly taken from the Vernal Equinox Sleeping Bag Concert (originally performed by Shawn E. Hansen & Sam Jones in 2015), with Video Synth Conversion to VHS, and additional video material, by Shawn E. Hansen, projected in High Definition. Continuing the tradition of last year’s Equinox Sleeping Bag Concerts, we offer this 3 hour & 42 minute Video Prelude to Spring and a chance to hear a preview of the soon to be released Vernal Equinox Sleeping Bag Concert 3 cassette box set on KJEA. The Video starts promptly at 7:48 pm and continues until 11:30pm. Feel free to come & go as you please. There will be audience participation & lentils to eat. And tea and coffee. This is a Free Event. Doors open at 7 pm– please use the rear alley entrance.