Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowship

The NCAA Fellowship includes a one-year membership in NCAA and a waiver of the NCAA conference registration fees. In addition, NCAA Fellows are matched with a seasoned NCAA member who serves as a mentor before and at the conference. Candidates for the fellowship are nominated by another arts administrator and have an endorsement from an administrator at their home institution.  The 2016/17 nomination process will begin shortly.

2015/16 NCAA Fellows 

Matt King's work examines the strangeness of everyday objects, and how their definition, production and circulation intersect with lived experience. His work in sculpture, photography, and drawing has been shown in solo exhibitions at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The University of Georgia, Werkstätte (NY), Massimo Audiello 

(NY),Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA) and Fourteen30 Contemporary (Portland, OR) as well as group exhibitions at Jane Lombard, Guild & Greyshkul, Luhring Augustine, Stux Gallery, and the Vienna Kunsthalle. He received his MFA from Bard College and is a graduate of Cooper Union and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Honors include a 2012-2013 VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and visiting artist residencies at Fiskars Village, Finland, NCCA in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the American Academy in Rome. He lives and works in Richmond, VA where he is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Matt is being mentored by Carmon Colangelo, Dean of the Sam Fox School at Washington University.

Lauren Lake earned her BA in Art Education from the University of Florida and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Lauren served for three years as an assistant professor of art at Beloit College and then at the University of Florida for eleven years, including service as Graduate Chair and Associate Director.  Since 2013, Lauren has served as Associate Professor of Art and the Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Lauren’s drawings borrow the grammar of botany, garden architecture, and agriculture to create artworks that inspire saudade, a nostalgic longing to be near again to someone or something that has become distant or has been loved and then lost. Autobiographical in origin, her works’ scale, material, and manner of installation establish and maintain an intimacy with the viewer through communitas.

Lauren is being mentored by Jeni Mokren, Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at SUNY New Paltz.


Jawshing Arthur Liou is an artist, educator, and administrator with a background in photography, digital media, film, and journalism. His recent projects include a pilgrimage in the sacred mountains in Tibet, a journey through the tsunami-ravaged coastline of Japan, and a cinematic collaboration with a brain scientist regarding the connection between endocannabinoids and memory. Liou works with lens-based materials and electronic imaging to create installations depicting mental and surreal spaces. His videos do not contain clear narratives but are meditative in nature, allowing time to slow to a ruminative pace while spatial scales oscillate between the microcosmic and infinitely expansive.

 Liou’s videos and prints have been featured in programs, exhibitions, and collections in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, Seoul Museum of Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Art Basel: Hong Kong, and Sharjah Biennial. Liou is the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council Grant, New York; the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, Indianapolis; and the Garry B. Fritz Award from the Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Chicago. International presentations of his work include the SIGGRAPH conference; the European Biennial Conference of the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts; and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Liou is currently professor of digital art and the Director of the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University, Bloomington and a member of the Board of Directors at the College Art Association.

Jawshing is being mentored by Colin Blakely, Director of the School of Art at the University of Arizona.

Deanne Pytlinski was recently appointed Chair of the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she is also Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism. At MSU Denver, she oversees a department of 900 students in majors in Art, Communication Design, Art Education and Art History, Theory and Criticism as well as the University’s off-campus gallery, the Center for Visual Art. Dr. Pytlinski earned her Ph.D. from The Graduate Center at City University of New York in 2006 after earning her Master of Science in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute. She has served eight years on Faculty Senate, most recently as Senate Vice President and Chair of Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee. She has also lead her departmental Assessment Committee and served as lead author of two N.A.S.A.D. accreditation self-studies. Her research focuses on intersections between feminism, technology, and performance art and she has published on early video art and video collectives. In 2014, she curated the exhibition Craft Tech/Coded Media: Women, Art and Technology, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

Deanne is being mentored by Judith Thorpe, The Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Vagner M. Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the Department of Art and Art History at Oakland University, in Rochester, MI. His first term as Chair began in 2013. At OU Vagner created its Studio Art/New Media specialization in 2005; the department currently houses over 375 undergraduate students, majoring in Art History, Graphic Design, and Studio Art. Prior to joining Oakland, he taught for four years at Southern Illinois University’s Department of Cinema and Photography.

Vagner works with the merging of time-based and traditional media to reframe his trans-cultural experiences, often resulting in the integration of video projections with hand-made artifact. His current body of work, Flight Risk, combines lens-based laser etchings with drawing and painting that form an abstracted filmstrip. Vagner has exhibited his work throughout the United States and abroad (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UAE), in solo and group exhibitions and in video and film festivals.     

In addition to his teaching and art practices, Vagner is engaged with many arts communities and organizations. Locally, he is a commissioner for the Ferndale Arts and Culture Commission; FACC sponsors the Ferndale Art Fair, Art at City Hall, and Music in the Park. Nationally, he is the president of the New Media Caucus, an organization with over 900 members (practitioners, academics, and students) since 2014; NMC annually publishes three Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus issues, maintains a website and active opportunities mailing list, and hosts an annual conference.

Vagner is being mentored by Lee Ann Garrison, Director of the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University.


Michael Wille is a Professor of Art at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where he currently serves as the Interim Director of the School of Art. Over the past 14 years, he has taught a wide range of courses within the School of Art’s Painting and Drawing curriculum, including mentoring MFA students. In 2010, he was selected as a member of the first cohort of participants in the Leadership Initiative at Illinois State University. 

His small-scale abstract paintings have been included in numerous solo and/or group exhibitions around the United States and abroad including venues such as Hoffman LaChance Contemporary in St. Louis, Galleri Urbane in Dallas, Resolution Gallery in Johannesburg (South Africa) and the University of Mississippi Art Gallery. Additionally, his paintings were a part of Mapping the Terrain: New Directions in Abstract Painting in Louisiana. Wille’s abstract paintings have been featured in New American Paintings five separate times. In addition to maintaining an active painting practice, Wille has recently curated exhibitions centered on trends within the field of abstract painting, including Microscopes and Binoculars at Hoffman Lachance Contemporary. Wille has lectured about his work at various academic institutions including Temple University in Japan (Tokyo), the University of Iowa as well as the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg (South Africa), where he was an artist-in-residence in February 2009.

Michael Wille received his MFA degree in Painting from Bowling Green State University (OH) and his BFA degree from Millikin University (IL). 

Michael is being mentored by Blake Pearce, Dean of the College of Arts at Valdosta State University.