We have opted not to print a conference booklet for our gathering this year. All information can be found on the conference website.
Additionally, this downloadable PDF mirrors all pertinent conference information.
This year’s NCAA conference will be collaboratively hosted by three institutions: The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), The Art Academy of Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts (SOTA). All three institutions are located within the greater Cincinnati area – a diverse region where counties and cultures from three states come together along the banks of the Ohio river. With a vibrant arts, and music scene and three unique institutions, we are proud to welcome you to Cincinnati in September 2019!
The theme of our conference is “Inspired: Makers as Leaders”. We will highlight, explore, and share the creative solutions necessary to be an effective arts administrator. Through panels, lectures, and roundtable sharing, we will inspire new ideas, new approaches, and new creative solutions to our common challenges. We will also celebrate each other’s creative output with the first ever NCAA exhibition, PRIORITY in the NKU/SOTA art galleries. For most of us, our careers didn’t begin leading departments, schools, or colleges and the unexpected skillsets needed can be difficult to develop. We began as makers and indeed, remain makers – whether the output is a print, a painting, or a paper; a meeting, a budget, or a pitch to a donor – the creative drive is no less important to our roles as leaders. This is what we will celebrate and explore in Cincinnati. We hope you will join us and be inspired.
Kate Bonansinga is a curator and art historian. She is the Director of the School of Art in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of Cincinnati, where she is also professor and teaches courses about curatorial practice and theory and about public art. From 2004-2012 she served as the founding director of Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso where she curated dozens of exhibitions, established an undergraduate minor in museum studies, and taught courses in curatorial practice. She is interested in museums as dynamic sites for learning, in the impact of art in gallery and non-gallery settings, and in the current methods that artists employ to make a difference in society and culture. Bonansinga is the author of Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border (University of Texas Press, 2014). She curated and authored the exhibition publication for Staged Stories: 2009 Renwick Craft Invitational at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and for Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered, 2016, at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Kate served as a mentor in the NCAA fellows program in 2018.
Paige Williams is a painter. She joined the full-time faculty at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2002 and is currently the Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She received her MFA in Painting form the University of Cincinnati and is a two-time recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection Excellence in Teaching Award. Paige was named an NCAA fellow in 2018. She exhibits locally, nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Germany, the Ukraine, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York and has been selected as an Artist in Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, The University of Alaska in Anchorage, The Neu Rathaus Gallery in Munich, Germany and The Vermont Studio Center. She has been awarded the Summerfair Individual Artists Award and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Creativity Excellence Award. www.paigewilliams.net
Matthew Albritton is a photographer. He came to Northern Kentucky University in 2001 after earning an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He was appointed program head of the visual arts in the newly-formed School of the Arts at NKU in 2016 and was fortunate to also have been named an NCAA fellow that same year. In 2018, Matt was selected to be the second Director of the School of the Arts. Matt’s research interests include service learning and personal exploration of place and history in his creative work which he exhibits nationally. He has received artist grants from NKU, Summerfair Cincinnati, and the Kentucky Arts Council as well as university awards for teaching and public engagement.