DEADLINE:  February 3, 2015 (midnight MST)

In 2014, NCECA keynote speaker Theaster Gates challenged NCECA’s conference attendees to cultivate greater diversity in the field through simple, direct and meaningful gestures of welcome. NCECA is instituting a pilot program whose goal is to increase participation by individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in our conference and membership. This will be accomplished in part by providing resources to those who might not otherwise attend an annual NCECA conference. The Chipstone Foundation and individual donors to NCECA have generously sponsored these fellowships.

Current NCECA members are strongly encouraged to issue personal invitations to friends and contacts who they believe will provide value to NCECA and themselves through this opportunity.

Up to 6 NCECA Multicultural Fellowships will be awarded for participation in Lively Experiments, NCECA’s 2015 conference in Providence, Rhode Island, March 25-28, 2015.

This opportunity is open to any individual who identifies with eligibility criteria below.

Candidates must be…

  • of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander or other under-represented descent;
  • have not previously attended NCECA’s annual conference; and,
  • committed to advancing ceramic art and learning through their studios, work and life.

Applications may be submitted in the form of self-nomination, nomination by a member of NCECA or others working in the fields of arts and learning. Applications and nominations should highlight the strength of the nominee’s interest in ceramics, diverse background and any other qualifications that support the significance of this opportunity for the candidate.

Application or Nominations must include the following and will be submitted using NCECA’s online form process.

  • Applicant’s name and contact information
  • Ethnic or other under-represented descent
  • A statement reflecting on motivations/ aspirations for participating in the 2015 NCECA Conference as a Multicultural Fellow. (2000 character limit)
  • Name and contact information for nominator, recommender or inviter, and relation to applicant
  • Nomination letter or letter of support from a member of NCECA or a contact in the field of ceramic art and learning. (2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)


The Nominations Committee will review submissions and notify applicants by: FEBRUARY 15, 2015.

Each successful nominee will receive one year’s membership to NCECA and a full registration for the 2015 Providence, RI conference. Additionally, awardees will be eligible to receive up to $850 in support. Half of this amount ($425) will be made prior to the conference to assist with travel and lodging costs. Following conference, awardees may submit original receipts to support reimbursement of eligible expenses up to an additional $425. Eligible expenses include travel, lodging, meals, and tickets for exhibition shuttles/ tours, venue admission fees.


For questions about the Multicultural Fellowships please contact:
Patsy Cox, Nominations Committee Chair
patsycoxnceca@gmail.com 323-839-8103

Apply Now (link coming soon)
For technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net or candice@nceca.net 303 828-2811 or 866 266-2322