THEME: Makers, Mentors, and Milestones
DEADLINE: June 24, 2015 11:59pm MDT (CLOSED)

NCECA is seeking a diverse group of leaders from its membership that will appeal to our conference attendees.  Students (Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate), Studio Artists, Educators (K-12, Community College, University), Gallerists, Curators, etc. are all encouraged to apply!

Makers, Mentors and Milestones will highlight modes of contemporary practice, celebrate the impact of influential figures and movements that have shaped the field, and create opportunity to envision collectively what lies ahead.  Presentations should explore the personal, social and aesthetic forces that animate creative work with elemental materials, methods and ideas in the midst of the information age.  This celebration will expand shared knowledge of the decorative and fine arts by examining and highlighting our diverse field’s place in historical society, contemporary culture and imagined futures.

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.

NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premier event for ceramic art drawing thousands each year. Makers, Mentors, and Milestones will join ceramic art’s historic engagement with empirical research and discovery to today’s evolving creative commons.

Criteria for the Application Process


Leaders of Topical Discussions should propose the topic for discussion and provide a brief introduction to that topic.  The Topical Discussion format takes place in a roundtable format.  Topics should be developed to appeal to others and promote an informal group discussion.  Topical Discussion leaders might expect to take questions from the attendees.


As a discussion leader of NCECA Connections, you will initiate and promote a lively conversation amongst attendees!  Group Leaders will act as moderators of the discussion and ensure that all attendees have a chance for participation.  NCECA Connections aims to bring together participants and promotes sharing of ideas, techniques and practices.

• Sessions are 1 hour in length. Proposed topics and discussions should utilize the time allotted.

• Presenters should create proposals that are not dependent upon technology (i.e. projectors and laptops will not be available).

Everyone is eligible EXCEPT for those who participated in the program in Providence, RI during NCECA 2015.  Participation is generally limited to only one presentation.

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 “Makers, Mentors and Milestones” 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):

Contact Information of Proposal Primary Contact
Proposal Title
Proposal Description (2000 character limit)
Program Guide Abstract (300 character limit)
Short Bio (Up to 300 characters)
Head shot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)
If your proposal is accepted the abstract, short bio, and headshot will be used for website and print publications.

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Proposal abstracts will be made available to a committee including at least one NCECA board member for review prior to making. Make sure your online submittal is complete.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  You will be notified of the committee’s decision by email as soon as possible.

No honorarium, conference pass or other compensation is provided for services

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If you have questions about leading either a Topical Discussion or NCECA Connection group, contact Kate Vorhaus kate@nceca.net

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

Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections for 2010 Philadelphia Conference are archived HERE.