Harnessing the Vortex: The Wild Ride of A Creative Kansas Cowgirl
Contemporary culture is like a crazy tornado bombarding us everyday with tons of information and opportunity. Art offers the skills needed to harness and ride that wild power to places you can't imagine.
KEYNOTE PRESENTER - Linda Ganstrom
Working in ceramics for the past 30 years, Linda Ganstrom explores issues relating her personal experiences to big picture questions primarily through figurative ceramics. Earning 3 degrees from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, Linda is currently a Professor of Art and Design teaching ceramics; curating, writing, workshops and travel intrigue connect Linda to the world. As NCECA’s Exhibitions Director, Linda’s interest in the environment inspired her curatorial concept for “Earth Matters,” held in Philadelphia in 2010. In 2012, she curated “Push Play” exploring the importance of play and creativity for the Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle, WA and is currently working on “Flow” investigating the physical and material qualities of flow as it relates to ceramics forms, glazes and the presence of historical art in the present for the Milwaukee Art Museum. She recently created and exhibited Bell(e)s, a series of realistic life scale porcelain figures celebrating feminine leadership, in Hays and New York.