NCECA Projects Space
NCECA 2013 Projects Space: Earth/Energy
ENTRY DEADLINE: October 1, 2012 (midnight MDT)
Ceramics and Ceramic Process bring together two essential elements: EARTH and ENERGY. The theme of NCECA's 2013 Conference in Houston, Earth/Energy pays tribute to the places we live and create, the materials we use, and the ENERGY that drives our process as ceramic artists, educators and enthusiasts.
The ENERGY of creation and transformation culminates in work with ENERGIZED forms and surfaces, work that ENERGIZES space and ultimately this ENERGIZES our imaginations.
New ENERGY sources and innovations may result in work that is EARTH friendly and, in this global era, we often aim to make work that is EARTH conscious. For the 2013 Projects Space in Houston, artists are invited to consider the possibilities that lie within the medium of clay and submit works that consider the concept of ‘Earth/Energy’.
Entering its fourth iteration in 2013, NCECA’s Projects Space is a platform for ceramic artists to present works that embrace the medium as material, process and metaphor, allowing it to communicate beyond the expected. Projects Space is conceived as an alternative to traditional gallery or museum presentation for works that involve time-based performance, change and/ or audience engagement in the development of art works.
Jurors for Projects Space will include NCECA Exhibitions Director Linda Ganstrom and two others to be appointed by the Board of Directors. Successful proposals will be those that engage with the concept of ‘Earth/Energy’ 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.
5-10 artists will be invited to work within an assigned a space (approximately 10’ x 20’) in the George R. Brown Convention Center to create their works during the week of the 2013 NCECA Conference. Artists will have from 9am to 4:30pm Tuesday, March 19th to install their materials and begin their piece. The artists 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 22nd at 5pm. Artists will de-install and clean their spaces from 5-9pm that evening.
- Selected artists will receive a 2013 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 2012. 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 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 19th. Artists shipping directly to and from the George R. Brown Convention Center will make arrangements with NCECA staff, and may incur an additional fee in the vent that conference center staff are required to sign for materials received prior to artists’ arrival.
- 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.
- All proposals should follow all rules and regulations set forth by the George R. Brown Convention Center included at the end of this call.
- Electricity will be available for those who arrange for it with the NCECA Projects Space Coordinator beforehand at an additional cost to the artist. 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: Earth/Energy 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-5pm 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.
ONLINE SUBMITTAL: FOR THEIR COMPLETED SUBMISSIONS ARTISTS MUST PROVIDE
- A 500 word artist statement/project description explaining their artistic vision as it relates to the proposed work for Project Space;
- A 50 word abstract of their intended project that if selected will be included in the 2013 NCECA Program Guide (NCECA reserves the right to condense statements for any additional publication purposes).
- 10 - 20 images of work;
- A current resume or CV;
- 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;
- 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.
Any questions should be directed via email to NCECA Projects Coordinator Kate Vorhaus firstname.lastname@example.org
****GEROGE R. BROWN CONFERENCE CENTER RULES AND REGULATIONS*****
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 Houston 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.
For additional information, please contact:
Projects Space Coordinator
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— 2008 Conference attendee