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December 11, 2002

Hay garners lifetime achievement award;
Art prof's work exhibited in more than 200 shows

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Dick Hay, professor of art, has been given the "NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award" from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

He will receive the award at the organization's 37th annual national conference in San Diego, March 12-15, where he will also deliver a lecture on the opening night.

"This is only the seventh Excellence in Teaching award the NCECA has bestowed since the organization's inception in 1967. The six recipients before me were either retired or dead when they got their award. So, I don't know what this means ..." Hay says with a smile.

Nominees are solicited by the past president of NCECA and then turned over to the board of directors for voting, if a qualified candidate emerges. Hay was informed that his nomination included more than 150 letters of support, mostly from ISU art alumni.

The "NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award" is bestowed upon an artist for excellence in their own creative work, previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching and they should have highly visible former students in the field.
Those highly visible students are points of pride for Hay.

"The art department here at ISU attracts high quality students from all around the country. They come for the exceptional faculty in our department and the fact that our ceramics program has nearly a 100 percent placement record. Many members of the art world will call us looking for prospective candidates for their open positions."

An active professional artist and teacher for more than 30 years, Hay has exhibited his work in more than 200 exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Canada, Russia, Latvia and Korea. He is a much sought after lecturer and has been invited to lecture about his work at more than 90 universities around the world.

In 1991, he was one of 15 American artists invited to lecture at the Dzintari Art Institute, Jurmala, Latvia; and in 1995, he was one of three American artists invited to lecture at the Muju International Art Symposium, in Muju, Korea. He has been listed in Who's Who In American Art since 1972.

At ISU, Hay heads the ceramics area in the art department and as a teacher, has received the Caleb Mills Award for Distinguished Teaching and was recognized as a Teaching Fellow by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The NCECA's purpose is to stimulate, promote and improve education in the ceramic arts. It functions as a communications center, striving to facilitate connections between diverse parts of the ceramics field. The organization's membership is made up of teachers; artists in functional and/or sculptural works of clay; students; museum and gallery directors, curators and professionals; writers, critics and editors of ceramic arts publications; collectors and patrons of clay art; and others interested in the ceramic arts.


Dick Hay, professor of art, (812) 237-3795 or

Curt Koehler, Public Affairs, (812) 237-3791,

ISU Public Affairs:
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