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

NCECA’s 49th Annual Conference in Providence will be dedicated to the investigation of the conceptual resonance with Lively Experiments; this theme celebrates the spirit of individual freedom and tolerance that were core to Rhode Island’s founding charter, setting a stage for social and historical change that echoed in other colonies and informed America’s Declaration of Independence, Constitution and ultimately the Bill of Rights. Experiments may take root in obscure places at seemingly inconsequential moments. They become lively when we learn that the issues and concerns under investigation connect with the interests and imaginations of others. Lively Experiments become richer as different perspectives make contact.

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

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!

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 Milwaukee, WI during NCECA 2014. Participation is generally limited to only one presentation.
Proposals related to the Conference Theme of Lively Experiments will receive preference.
Proposals must include the following and will be submitted using NCECA’s online form process.

Contact Information of Proposal Primary Contact
Proposal Title
Proposal Description (2000 character limit)
Program Guide Abstract (300 character limit)

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Call to OPEN August/September 2014. Deadline is October 1, 2014. 11:59 pm MST.


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

If you have questions about leading either a Topical Discussion or NCECA Connection group, contact Garth Johnson via email at garthjohnsonnceca@gmail.com

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.