2017 National Student Juried Exhibition

Left to right: works of James Mitschmyer, Graduate student at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and
Kelly Stevenson, Graduate student at Georgia State University

THEME: Future Flux
DEADLINE: September 28, 2016 (11:59pm Mountain time) CLOSED

The Hoffman Gallery
Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225

If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact kate@nceca.net.

The 2017 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition will run concurrently with Future Flux, the 51st annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The newly renovated galleries of the Oregon College of Art and Craft will host the exhibition March 2-26, 2017.

JURORS: Linda Arbuckle and Justin Novak

2017 NSJE FULL Prospectus


Linda Arbuckle’s majolica-glazed earthenware has been recognized through an Artist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowship. Artist-in-residence positions in Wales and the People’s Republic of China have provided further balance of Eastern and Western sources in her works. A much sought after educator, in addition to her distinguished teaching at the University of Florida, Arbuckle has led workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Appalachian Center for Craft, Santa Fe Clay, The Odyssey Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Archie Bray Foundation, as well as many art centers and universities across the United States. Her work appears in the collections of The World Ceramics Exposition Korea International Collection, Incheon, Korea; Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana; Museum of Decorative Arts, Little Rock, Arkansas; Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan; Fredrick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and many others. Recent publications include a feature page in Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color (Quarto Press, 2014) and upcoming work in the new edition of Electric Kiln Ceramics (American Ceramics Society, 2015).

After receiving his BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Justin Novak spent over fifteen years working as a freelance illustrator for a range of clients including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Macmillan Publishing, Harper Collins, Tor Books, and the Book-of-the-Month Club, among others.  A second career followed, as an exhibiting artist working primarily in the medium of ceramics. Much of his work has been developed within international residency programs, including the Kohler Factory in Wisconsin, the Walbryzch Factory in Walbryzch, Poland, the Arabia Factory in Helsinki, the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Skælskør, Denmark, and the National Workshops of Art and Crafts in Copenhagen.


The 2017 NCECA NSJE is open to undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in the United States of America. Students enrolled at institutions on which the jurors currently serve as faculty are not eligible to apply.  The applicant must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art at the time of submittal.

All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only when clay is the dominant material.  Video featuring clay or ceramics will be juried; must be anonymous, any reference to an applicant’s name or school will disqualify participant from jurying. The jurors will make final determinations.

Work must fit through a standard door. Floor and pedestal works must be self-supporting. NCECA and exhibition venue staff reserve the right to exclude from exhibition works that arrive at the venue in unstable condition.

Members $15 entry fee
Non-Members $30 entry fee

NCECA Membership is not a requirement of submission but members will receive a 50% discount on exhibition submission fee as well as a range of other benefits. NCECA membership runs 12 months from the date of initiation or renewal. NCECA Membership fees are not included in any event registration. Membership is a stand-alone annual fee. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please contact kate@nceca.net . To renew or become an NCECA Member click here http://nceca.net/membership/student/ 


Applications will be accepted online only; www.callforentry.org
DEADLINE September 28, 2016 (11:59pm Mountain time)

All submissions must include declaration of a monetary value for insurance purposes.
This value may not be altered at a later date.

Before beginning submission, applicants must be prepared to provide the following:
Artist statement – Do not include artist name in statement as this will be a blind jurying of artwork (up to 1000 characters)
Level of Study: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Post-baccalaureate
School Name, Professor Name, Professor Phone, Professor E-mail

No more than two pieces of artwork may be submitted. For each artwork, you may submit only two (2) media files. Jurors will only consider up to two (2) works and review up to four (4) media files TOTAL (See media files details below) by each entrant.

Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition.

NCECA reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions that include more than two works or more than two (2) media files per work. Please do not submit the same pieces to multiple NCECA calls in the same year.

Additionally NCECA reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions made with incorrect fees. It is the artist’s responsibility to verify and update member status before submitting his/her work and paying the entry fee. NCECA will not process refunds to those who submit incorrect fees.

CREATE a CaFE™ profile www.callforentry.org

Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration.

Upload Media Files – Uploaded media files will be stored in your CaFE Portfolio so you can submit them to calls. You will choose which media files to submit to a call when you fill out the application. Media file submissions must comply with specifications found at CaFÉ https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml

IMAGE: Only JPEGs up to 5MB with a minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side.
AUDIO: Only AIFF, WAV, XMF, MP3 up to 10MB with a minimum bit rate of 96.
VIDEO: Only 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS up to 100MB with a minimum resolution of 640 x 480; minimum 12 fps.
For complete specifications, tutorials and resources please go to CaFE Help

NO CHANGES will be allowed once an entry is accepted into the database. Once data is entered in the system, it cannot be altered. PROOFREAD your data carefully as this information may be used to generate the catalog, insurance and publicity information.

Each work submitted must include the following details:

  • Title
  • Medium (60 character limit)
  • Height/Width/Depth
  • Retail value
  • Year completed
  • Primary Discipline (ceramics)
  • Description (300 character limit)


Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition.

Individual works will be selected through blind jurying.
Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration.

Jurors Linda Arbuckle and Justin Novak will make selections for the exhibition from digital images and work statements to develop the exhibition.

The jurors will select artwork of available pieces ONLY!

Merit awards will be determined by the jurors from the actual works and will be announced during the exhibition reception and at the Second Members’ Business Meeting. Recent NSJE Exhibition Awards have included NCECA, company and organizationally sponsored cash prizes and purchase awards. The final award list will be published at the time of the exhibition.



Please note: In previous NSJE’s a significant percentage of work has arrived broken.  Please ensure your work is packed properly.

It is the responsibility of the student to securely pack their works for the exhibition, arrange and pay for shipping to and from Oregon College of Art and Craft and insure their artworks while in transit.

NCECA recommends that all artists document their packaging process using digital images and text description prior to closing all crates and / or boxes for shipment. This documentation may provide critical information to support claims against carriers for damage in transit.

If you are inexperienced with packing for shipping, consider reading this brief article on packing and shipping ceramics http://juliagalloway.com/field-guide/chapter-10a/more-packing-tips/

Key to any good packaging and shipping of ceramic art is using quality materials in adequate supply. Do not re-use boxes and make sure that works are stabilized to mitigate any possibility of movement within containers. Shock absorbing material such as bubble wrap and or foam should cover at least two inches around all surfaces of objects. Wherever possible do not place more than one ceramic object within a single box or compartment. Double boxing is highly recommended with a minimum of 2” of shock absorbing packing material between inner and outer boxes. Crates, rather than boxes should be used for heavier objects. Additional tutorials on packing artwork for shipping can be found on YouTube. If you are still in doubt, work with a professional packager/ shipper.

The exhibition will be taken down and works will be packed for return shipping in early April  2017. All return shipping of unsold works must be paid in advance by participating artists who must be the shipper of record.

NCECA will reimburse up to $85.00 per piece for shipping.  An ORIGINAL receipt for shipping along with the 2017 NSJE Reimbursement form (to be sent post conference) must be submitted to NCECA by June 1, 2017 to be eligible for reimbursement.   NCECA will not reimburse shipping for work that is sold; purchaser is responsible for pick up or shipping charges.

The Oregon College of Art and Craft will provide insurance coverage of work while on their premises for market value as confirmed by OCAC or for the amount available.  Artists will be responsible for insurance of work in transit.  Artists will receive 50% commission on work sold. Shipping of purchased works will be the responsibility of collectors.

Participating artists must agree to allow NCECA, the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and gallery visitors to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. Images of accepted works will be retained by NCECA for promotional purposes, posting on the NCECA website and sharing with media related publications.  NCECA may create a digital catalog and/or an online version of the exhibition using images of accepted work.

NCECA will produce a color catalog documenting the exhibition experience through color images of artwork. Each artist in the exhibition will receive one (1) complimentary copy of the catalog. Additional copies of the catalog will be available for purchase-on-demand online.

Example of the 2016 catalog:


CLICK HERE to view 2016’s NSJE participants

2016 Award Winners:


Online Submittal deadline:  September 28, 2016 (11:59pm Mountain Time)

Acceptance notification:  late October, 2016
Contracts due: November 30, 2016

Shipped and hand delivered works to arrive between: February 21-27, 2017
Exhibition dates: March 2-26, 2017

Reception: 6-9PM, Friday, March 24, 2017
Conference dates in Portland, OR: March 22-25, 2017

Pick up work and start packing/shipping: March 27, 2017
Damage Claim: Immediately upon return

Return shipping reimbursement request: Before June 1, 2017