Open Calls for Entry

DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 EDT
Gallery Expo

DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 EDT
Projects Space

DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 EDT
Student Interests
Emerging Artists

Exhibitions are the bridge between ceramic makers and the viewing public...
This vital aspect of our organization and annual conference speaks to our mission of advancing the ceramic arts and educating our communities through dynamic personal interaction with ceramics in exhibitions that encompass the full spectrum of ceramic art. To further increase public awareness and appreciation of the ceramic arts, as well as instigate critical investigation and dialogue, NCECA sponsors two exhibitions in conjunction with each annual conference and helps place dozens of concurrent independent exhibitions featuring ceramics in the conference host community.


NCECA Biennial

Held in odd-numbered years, the NCECA Biennial is the premier international juried exhibition hosted in the United States for the ceramic arts.

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NCECA Invitational

The NCECA Invitational is a themed, curated exhibition that features leading edge, large scale and often challenging ceramic art.

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Emerging Artists

The NCECA Emerging Artist program is intended to give early career artists, who show exceptional promise, the opportunity to present their work…

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Projects Space

NCECA’s Projects Space is a platform for ceramic artists to create and present works during the annual conference that incorporate clay as medium in time-based, performative, relational or site-responsive work.

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National Student Juried Exhibition

Held annually, this exhibition showcases undergraduate and graduate student work. The Prospectus is now available and reminders will be sent to schools, and to teacher and student NCECA members at the start of the fall semester.

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Awards & Honoraries

& Honoraries

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has advanced the stature and quality of our field by recognizing select individuals for their service, teaching, creative achievement and/ or extraordinary accomplishments through awards of excellence in ceramic art and education.

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Special Exhibitions


2013 Earth Moves

Our world is in flux, constantly moving and changing faster than ever. “Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design” seeks dynamic…

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Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics is a national juried exhibition developed and sponsored by NCECA to run concurrently with the…

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Uncommon Ground

“Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence” will showcase the contributions of ceramic innovators, who through their authenticity and originality…

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Fellowships & Residencies

Regina Brown
Undergraduate Student

It is a pleasure to announce the 15th Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship Awards to be presented next spring at our annual conference…

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Graduate Student

In 2005, NCECA added the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship Awards to be awarded each spring at the NCECA conference. This is an annual award…

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Intercultural exchange of ideas and methods is critical to evolution of individual artists who through their immersion and experimentation…

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“Awareness of the vastly different ways other people use and treat clay. (Studio Artist) I take from 3-6 students to the conference and they come back inspired by the exhibitions The exhibitions are inspiring, well curated and give us a new look at where we have been as well as where we may be going!”
2006 Portland Conference Attendee,