Michael J. Strand
Department Head, Visual Art
North Dakota State University
Michael J. Strand is an Associate Professor and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University. With a background as a functional potter, Michael’s work has moved seamlessly into social and community engagement while remaining dedicated to the traditional object as he investigates the potential of craft as a catalyst for social change. With this focus Michael also serves as a special appointee to the Board of NCECA (National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts) as a social engagement strategist and is working with curator/maker Namita Wiggers on a large national project illuminating the multitude of ways the field of ceramics is connected to food culture and community. This project is part of NCECA's 50th anniversary celebration in Kansas City in 2016.
H.O.T. Clay (Handbuilt Or Thrown) is a student organization comprised of current students of the University of Florida School of Art + Art History. The mission of H.O.T. Clay is to increase the awareness and understanding of the ceramic arts. We hold regular meetings, where the membership mobilizes to organize sales of ceramic works to raise funds for various projects. These projects include: funding student travel to the annual NCECA conference, visiting artist programming, guest lectures and more. Student members work together to choose visiting artists, and sponsor the visiting artist events. Planning and implementation of H.O.T. Clay events are an integral part of students’ professional practice resources. Installing exhibits, designing promotional material, advertising, and organizing events provide members with experiences for their post-academic career.
Charity White is a second year Ceramics MFA candidate at the University of Florida. She received her BFA in ceramics and EdM in art education from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Previous to studying in Florida, Charity worked as a public high school art teacher in the Chicago area.