The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annually awards individuals that have demonstrated excellence in teaching as well as in their creative work, have previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching and have highly visible former students in the field. This year’s recipient, School of Art + Art History Professor Linda Arbuckle, learned she was receiving this award in a letter from an NCECA board member and was recognized at an awards ceremony in March at the NCECA’s 49th Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.
“It is very gratifying to receive this kind of recognition from our most significant national organization,” says Arbuckle.
“The membership of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts includes a great many educators both K-12 and higher education, as well as studio artists. They are an informed audience about the field of ceramics, and recognition from them particularly meaningful.”
In addition to the award, Arbuckle is now entitled to membership and conference registration for life.
A former student nominated Arbuckle for the award and numerous students offered additional support letters. “Knowing that I was nominated by a former student, Magda Gluszek, and supported by two others: TJ Erdahl and Pat Coughlan, as well as a student I mentored from elsewhere, Martina Lantin, was certainly touching,” says Arbuckle.
Arbuckle plans to retire at the end of December 2015 and focus on life as a studio artist.