2017 NCECA PROGRAM PROPOSALS

Future Flux, the 51st Annual NCECA Conference takes place in Portland, Oregon
March 22-25, 2017

Deadline: May 4, 2016, 11:59pm MST. (CLOSED)

NCECA seeks Program Proposals that have conceptual resonance with the theme of its 51st Annual Conference, Future Fluxwhich takes place in Portland, Oregon. As journey’s end for Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century, Oregon frames our imagination with expedition and discovery. As we pass beyond NCECA’s first fifty years, the interconnection of mind, materials, and transformation at the heart of ceramic process, art and education can serve as trail heads to our future. Our creative work in the 21st century engages with hybrid practices, issues of diversity, notions of community, and dynamic change.

How will more sustainable models of ceramic art and education continue to evolve? 

What are the essential capacities of artists and educators today and for the future? 

How can we reinvigorate and draw from rich historic traditions in the context of today? 

Portland, Oregon, a city of rivers, makers, and entrepreneurs is an ideal vantage point from which to investigate these questions and others. NCECA seeks diverse and compelling presentations that will appeal to our conference attendees’ needs and interests.  Artists, educators, curators, critics, historians, technical and professional practices experts, students (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate), etc. are all encouraged to apply!

NCECA reviews and selects programming from proposals submitted from the field as an important component of conference planning. Additionally, NCECA reserves the right to curate and develop programming that strengthens the quality and range of experiences related to the conference theme, sense of place, and other strategic objectives.

View pdf of prospectus

TOPICS FOR PROPOSALS

For NCECA’s 51st annual conference seeks proposals for lectures, co-lectures, and panel discussions on clay, teaching, and learning in relation to the theme of Future Flux, as well as those pertinent to the region that includes Portland, Oregon. Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated in regard to relevancy to our field, presenter(s) depth of knowledge, and the general interest in providing a balanced and inclusive program for the conference.

Proposals should correspond with at least one of the following program strands:

  • Aesthetics, Criticism, Theory and Practice, including presentations about concepts of beauty and value, art attitudes, art in society, content and interpretation, analysis and evaluation.
  • Art History, including presentations about traditional and non-traditional artists and movements, styles, surveys of regional, national and international art in clay.
  • Education, including presentations about traditional and non-traditional curricula, goals, standards, methods and pedagogy including but not limited to those that advance knowledge and awareness of environmental concerns.
  • Professional Practices, including presentations about working standards, goals, methods, and attitudes or, the professional working relationships of guilds, co-ops and other ceramic centers.
  • Technology and Sustainability, presentations about traditional and non-traditional materials, processes, kilns, equipment, including but not limited to those that mitigate adverse environmental impact through innovations in sustainable systems and practices.

Please read the information below carefully to prepare for your Submittal. 

ELIGIBILITY
Everyone is eligible to submit a proposal, however, NCECA prefers to not have the same presenters in consecutive years. Those who participated in the program in Kansas City during NCECA 2016 should consider waiting for 2018 to present again.  Participation is generally limited to only one presentation/ conference.
FORMAT
Lectures, Co-Lectures and Panels

Lectures of 30 minutes and 60 minutes (ideal for presenting specific information and ideas), panels of 90 minutes (suitable for investigating topics that are best informed by varied perspectives) will be programmed. This timeframe includes a question and answer period.

APPLICATION PROCESS
All proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process (a link to the form is provided below). Proposals related to the Conference Theme of Future Flux will receive preference. Your ONLINE submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered. (Only .doc, .docx, .JPEG or .PDF files will be accepted):

For all presenters/panelist/moderators (We must have the following from everyone participating and/or proposing a panel or lecture):

• Names
• Address
• Phone number (cell preferred)
• Email address (preferred method of contact)
• Resume (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
• Short Bio (Up to 300 characters)
• Head shot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)

90-Minute Panelist/Moderators (Panels are limited to no more than three panelists plus a moderator)
• Panel title – Up to 30 characters including spaces.
• Proposal abstract for juror selection – Up to 1800 character including spaces
• Resume (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
• Program guide description – Up to 300 characters including spaces (If your proposal is accepted, this will be printed in the Program Guide)
• Images representative of the presentation’s focus (up to 10 images total). (.jpg ONLY.
Each image no larger than 800 KB) (Image Submission Guidelines)

If your presentation/panel is not something that can be documented with imagery, please disregard this requirement. Lastly, please only include images that will strengthen the proposal
(Only images that directly reference the actual proposal)

Image details to include:
• Image
• Image Title
• Relevance to presentation – Up to 300 characters
• Brief Image description – Up to 300 characters – to include Artist name, type of clay, firing, date of piece, dimensions(H x W x D)

30 and 60-Minute Presentations and 30 and 60-Minute Co-Presentations (Co-lectures – two individuals presenting different aspects of the same topic)
• Lecture title – Up to 30 characters including spaces.
• Proposal abstract for juror selection – Up to 1800 character including spaces
• Resume (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
• Program guide description – Up to 300 characters including spaces (If your proposal is accepted, this will be printed in the Program Guide)
• Images representative of the presentation’s focus (up to 10 images total). If your presentation/panel is not something that can be documented with imagery, please disregard this requirement. Lastly, please only include images that will strengthen the proposal (Only images that directly reference the actual proposal)
Image details to include:
• Image (.jpg ONLY. Each image no larger than 800 KB) (Image Submission Guidelines)
• Image Title
• Relevance to presentation – Up to 300 characters
• Brief Image description – Up to 300 characters – to include Artist name, type of clay, firing, date of piece, dimensions(H x W x D)

Introductions – Is there a special mentor, colleague or friend who attends the conference that you would like to recommend to provide an introduction to your presentation? (NCECA reserves the right to assign individuals to introduce presentations when this field is left blank or the recommended person is unavailable.) Please provide his/her Name, Cell phone, Email

ADJUDICATION
Proposal abstracts, images and support materials will be made available to NCECA Board Members for review prior to making selections at the May Board meeting.  Make sure your online submittal is complete, as incomplete proposals will not be considered.  Mary Cloonan, NCECA’s Program Director, will notify you of the Board’s decision by email as soon as possible after the May meeting. If you have questions, please email: mkcloonan.nceca@gmail.com 
HONORARIUM and RESPONSIBILITIES
Panelists, moderators and lecturers will receive a 2017 conference registration and NCECA membership for the 2017 calendar year.  The Board is committed to providing a monetary honorarium, the amount of which will be determined when the 2016-17 budget is finalized.

If chosen to present, your commitment to NCECA will be:
• Meeting all deadlines as outlined by your signed agreement, which include the following:
• Written and visual documentation to publish in the NCECA Journal and other promotions.
• A PowerPoint presentation (If images are not appropriate, please make note of it in your proposal)


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If you have questions about Program Proposals, please email: mkcloonan.nceca@gmail.com
If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact candice@nceca.net or kate@nceca.net