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SOTA Debuts Contemporary
Ceramics Exhibitions

David Hiltner ceramics

March 18, 2021 —  Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts (SOTA) is bringing ceramic exhibitions to its Main Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. Presented by current and former faculty members, “Rivers Connect: Unstoppable Forces in Contemporary Ceramics" exhibition are on display through April 2.

"Rivers Connect" collectively serves as a metaphor for humanity's relationship to the natural world. Eight artists who have studied and taught at Syracuse University in New York cultivated the displays as a representative of our collaborative cultures and traditions. The venue-based exhibition further examines the rise and decline of human interaction in its relationship to our ecosystems and cultural intersectionality.

“The work produced by the artists is ever-changing,” said David Knight, director of Exhibitions and Collections at NKU. “Each artist demonstrates careers at varying stages, reflects their individual life experiences, and highlights critical issues on our social and cultural exchanges that influence humanity and artwork.”

The exhibition is in conjunction with the 55th annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference. NCECA is the premiere international ceramics conference that draws presenters for four days of conversations, demonstrations and experiences focused on ceramic art, teaching and learning.

This year’s theme—Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions—spotlights many of the key features of Greater Cincinnati. NCECA cited Poet Langston Hughes, who captured an essential metaphor for how water courses through time and territory to mirror the experience of our inner lives.

  • What: Rivers Connect: Unstoppable Forces in Contemporary Ceramics
  • When: Now through April 2, 2021
  • Where: NKU Art Galleries | in-person with RSVP

NKU SOTA will also showcase abstract artwork produced by faculty members and Visual Arts program alumni throughout the Fine Arts Center and the Third Floor Gallery.

The NKU Art Galleries are open to community members Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The galleries will also be open Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for guests that cannot during the week. Parking is free and available in the Welcome Center Garage. For more information, please contact David Knight at (859) 572-5148 or email, or follow the NKU Art Galleries on Facebook.

About NKU School of the Arts: SOTA is the Creative Engine of NKU. The School of the Arts combines Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts to bring unparalleled artistic opportunities to current and future students. In a changing world, SOTA prepares students to be creative trailblazers in the Arts and their careers. Whether we are creating motion graphics, producing on the stage, or utilizing our dance classes to collaborate with therapeutic exercise in health sciences, we are on the cutting edge of transdisciplinary studies. SOTA offers 11 degrees with 30 specializations in addition to 7 minors to develop graduates that are personally engaged, innovative, and curious with advanced skillsets in collaboration and creative risk-taking. For more information, visit or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

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About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit