THEME: Lively Experiments
October 8, 2014, 11:59pm MDT (CALL CLOSED)

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. 3-5 projects will be selected to take place in spaces created in a publicly accessible area the Rhode Island Convention Center adjacent to Gallery EXPO and the Commercial and Non-profit Resource Hall. Artists will create their works on-site interacting with visitors from Tuesday evening through Friday afternoon of the conference.

Successful proposals will be those that engage with the concept of Lively Experiments using the medium of clay as a central focus, and also with materials, processes, and audience in unique and unconventional ways. Artists should keep in mind that Projects Space is staged at the heart of the NCECA Conference, and works are meant to occur, grow and change throughout the duration of the conference.

Invited artists will work within an assigned a space (approximately 10’ x 20’) to create their works. Artists will have from 9am to 4:30pm Tuesday, March 24th to install their materials and begin their piece and will be featured guests at a reception Tuesday evening. Artists will continue to interact with their materials and piece throughout the conference ending Friday, March 27th at 5pm. Artists will de-install and clean their spaces from 5-9pm that evening.

Criteria for the Application Process

Artists who are already part of an approved 2015 conference proposal will be ineligible to receive an an additional honorarium for participation in Projects Space. NCECA’s Board operates under a guideline that seeks to refresh conference presenters by asking that those who presented in the prior year’s conference consider taking a full year prior to resubmitting a proposal.
  • A current resume or CV – (2 page limit upload as a word doc or pdf <2MB)
  • Project Title
  • An artist statement/project description explaining their artistic vision as it relates to the proposed work for Project Space (3,000 character limit)
  • A detailed list of ALL supplies and equipment that will be used, included amount and types of clay. A note on how much electricity is required (1000 character limit)
  • A detailed account of the installation process that identifies the artist(s)’ abilities to professionally and successfully ship, install, and create the work in the allotted amount of time, follow appropriate, logical and practical building and safety codes (1000 character limit)
  • An abstract of their intended project that if selected will be included in the 2015 NCECA Program Guide (NCECA reserves the right to condense statements for any additional publication purposes) (300 character limit)
  • Exactly 10 images, .jpg ONLY. Each image no larger than 800 KB.  Details to include: Title, date, description, clay type, firing method, dimensions (H, W, D), and weight
The selection committee includes the NCECA Exhibitions Director, Leigh Taylor Mickelson and the Projects Space Coordinator, Dawn Holder.  Successful proposals will be those that engage with the concept of Lively Experiments using the medium of clay as a central focus, and also with materials, processes, and audience in unique and unconventional ways.
  • Selected artists will receive a 2015 Conference Pass and an honorarium. The amount of the honorarium will be in the range of $300- $500 to be determined through NCECA’s budgeting process in summer 2014. This fee will be all-inclusive and meant to aid in the purchasing of materials for the work, and in shipping work and materials to and from the conference site. No additional payments or reimbursements will be available through NCECA to support travel, lodging, food or other expenses.
  • Artists’ honoraria will be paid following the conference. Payment will be dependent on spaces being left in clean condition, without debris, or leftover materials of any kind.  There should be no evidence of the piece remaining in any form.  Plastic sheeting will be available for the floor, and the spaces will be clearly delineated.
  • Artists will be responsible for providing their own tools and equipment required for the production of their works. NCECA will not be held responsible for any loss or damage of tools or equipment that artists bring into the space.
  • Artists will be responsible for all shipping costs and ensuring all their materials are available for the installation to begin at 9am on Tuesday, March 24th. Artists shipping directly to and from the Rhode Island Convention Center will make arrangements with NCECA staff, and may incur an additional fee in the event that conference center staff are required to sign for materials received prior to artists’ arrival.
  • All proposals should follow all rules and regulations set forth by the Rhode Island Convention Center included at the end of this call.
  • Electricity will be available for those who arrange for it with the Rhode Island Convention Center beforehand at an additional cost to the artist. Rates for 2015 have not yet been determined for Providence. You can expect to budget approximately $80 – $100 based on Providence’s 2014 rates. Packets with order form and set pricing will be available in January 2015.
  • NCECA is not responsible for any loss or damage to an artist’s equipment or materials.
  • A small team of volunteers (4-6) will be on hand to assist artists with install, de-install, and throughout the week; however, artists are responsible for arranging their own assistants to ensure the timely installation and de-installation of their own works.
  • All installation arrangements and protocols are subject to approval by Projects Space: Lively Experiments coordinators to insure no building or safety codes are in violation. This is for everyone’s security and is to help everyone make sure nothing is being overlooked that might cause potential problems. Please consider this a safety step and not content scrutiny as once your proposal is accepted, the content is supported as you have outlined and is not in question.
  • Projects Space will be open to the public Tuesday evening for the reception followed by regular hours of 9am-6pm Wednesday-Friday. All proposals should consider that the artists are asked to be in their spaces during these times, either working on the creation of their works, the changing of their works, or the performing of their works.

PARKING: Parking on the loading dock or inside the Center (except for loading or unloading) is prohibited; violators will be ticketed and/or towed at owner’s expense.

CHILDREN: No one under 16 is permitted in the hall or on the dock during the move-in/out.

SMOKING: There is no smoking inside the facility.

FIRE MARSHAL: All exits, hallways and aisles must be kept clear and unobstructed at all times. Materials used in exhibits must be flame-retardant and are subject to inspection by the Providence Fire Marshal (The Fire Marshal may request that certification accompany items). All straw, hay or live evergreen trees are prohibited.

PROHIBITED: compressed flammable gases, flammable or combustible liquids, and hazardous chemicals and materials (acetylene, hydrogen, propane, butane, pesticides, herbicides, poisons, gasoline, kerosene, cleaning solvents, and other petroleum-based materials). Adhesive-backed decals and stickers are not allowed inside the building.

Any questions pertaining to the call should be directed via email to NCECA Projects Manager Kate Vorhaus kate@nceca.net