Department of Art’s Holly Hanessian has been invited by international colleagues to be a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and accepted that prestigious nomination. The Academy has been affiliated with UNESCO since 2001. It is an official partner in the cultural sector and contributes to meet the challenges it identifies by recognizing the scientific, educational and cultural issues of its member countries. The Academy convenes an international congress on alternate years and is located in the Musée Ariana in Geneva, Switzerland. It has 897 members from all continents.
Hanessian is also the current President of the National Council on the Ceramics Art and Education (NCECA). This organization provides programming at a yearly conference to over 6500 National and International members. With ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts and other foundations, NCECA advances creation, teaching and learning through clay in the contemporary world. The organization awards initiatives for graduate and undergraduate research and excellence, as well as advocates and facilitates for professional practices for emerging, mid-career and established artist who work in ceramics. The programming at its annual conference consists of panels, lectures, demonstrations, along with over 200 exhibitions, two of which are highly esteemed and sponsored directly by the organization.
Holly Hanessian is a Professor of Art at Florida State University who creates artwork that is a hybrid of design, craft, and contemporary art. She has shown her artwork in the USA and internationally for over 30 years. She has written reviews on exhibitions, essays for books and journals on the fields of Ceramics, Craft, and Technology. She is also a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Socially Engaged Craft Collective, Artaxis.org and accessCeramics. Her work can be found on her website.