I have never been a big fan of flying, so I was less than excited about flying across the country for this year's NCECA conference in Seattle. But as a huge Temple of the Dog fan (i'm just kidding) I had to see this mysterious land of grunge and misty rain.
While there was an endless amount of cold, blowing, misty rain, Cheyenne and I never really saw any "grungers". No flannel shirt clad, long haired cool guys, belting out soon to be radio hits. Plenty of street musicians, one guy playing a sax along with another recorded sax, he was pretty good. A young fellow I suppose one might call "grunge" was playing guitar outside of a clam chowder joint. However, unlike Eddie Vedder's rich baritone, this guy sounded more like an old goat being smacked with a 2x4.
Anyway...as always it was great to see those I haven't seen in...well since NCECA Tampa last year. Saw loads of great art. I was intent on seeing art by Northwest Coast Indian groups and I did at the Seattle Art Museum. Absolutely amazing. Cheyenne and her fellow 1st year MFA, Nicole Gugliotti , lectured on their curatorial experience and alternative gallery spaces. Although attendance wasn't what we hoped due to the multiple other lectures and demos that we going on at the same time, they both did wonderfully. Nicole discussed how she brought art from South Florida artists in just an artist portfolio case all the way to Japan to set up and exhibition at unknown location...and pulled it off without a hitch, almost. Cheyenne discussed her experience with setting up two exhibitions that ran concurrently with NCECA Philadelphia and Tampa and dealing with what can go on when all the balls are in your court and you have to deal with everything that could come setting up and exhibition with multiple artists and unknown gallery owners.
To add to the fun and insanity of NCECA, Emerald City Comicon was going on simultaneously in the same conference center and same hotels. I posted lots of photos to my Facebook page if anyone wants to check them out.
After an overnight cross country flight with screaming babies and jarring turbulence, we arrived in Tampa early Sunday morning, promptly drove home to Gainesville and went to sleep.
so below are images from NCECA Seattle 2012