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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.



Any questions should be directed via email to NCECA Projects Coordinator Kate Vorhaus

Click here to continue to the 2013 Projects Space Proposal Form 



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:

Marianne McGrath
Projects Space Coordinator


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