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Nancy M. Servis

Nancy M. Servis, Sacramento, California, is a recognized author, curator, educator, and ceramic historian specializing in Northern California ceramics. Actively working in the San Francisco Bay area for nearly thirty years, she curated insightful exhibitions and devised college curriculum on the topic of California clay. In 2014 Nancy was the Jentel Critic/Writer in Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, and was inducted into the International Academy of Ceramics, Switzerland, in 2019. Nancy is concluding her term as lead onsite conference liaison for the NCECA conference, Fertile Ground, in Sacramento.


The conference theme, Fertile Ground, references California's agriculture and the Farm to Fork movement, acknowledges the abundance of clay in the state, and celebrates intergenerational artistic growth spawned through academic programs and community art centers. We kept working on these projects and more while remaining hopeful that the Sacramento conference would indeed take place in person in 2022. Rallying the involvement of artists, galleries, and other art venues that were new to NCECA was a highlight. I encouraged their exhibition ideas, supported their inquiries, and fostered their participation in one of the largest art events to ever take place in the Sacramento region. FREE ARTICLE!