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NCECA 2015 – 49th Annual Conference
Providence, Rhode Island
THE THEME: Lively Experiments

NCECA seeks Program Proposals that have conceptual resonance with Lively Experiments, the theme of NCECA’s 49th Annual Conference centered in Providence, Rhode Island. 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.

As always, NCECA is seeking a diverse group of presenters 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!


For the 49th annual meeting of NCECA in Providence, we call for proposals of lectures and panel discussions relating to issues of Lively Experiments, as well as issues specific to this region and location. As always, we also welcome proposals on all subjects relevant to our field. Submissions will be evaluated in regard to merit, the presenter’s expertise in the area, and a general interest in providing a balanced and inclusive program for the members. (NCECA reserves the right to solicit presentations to round out the program.) The general categories for proposals are as follows:

  • Aesthetics, Critical 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, 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.
  • Professionalism, 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.
  • New Work is a category of proposals for up to four artists to present a 15-minute visual presentation on the subject of a body of their own work completed within the last three years. Artists 30 years and older who have been working professionally for at least five years since completing their training are eligible to submit.

Everyone is eligible EXCEPT for those who participated in the program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during NCECA 2014. Participation is generally limited to only one presentation.

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), and 15 minutes lectures suitable for New Work, will be programmed. This timeframe includes a question and answer period.

All Panelists, moderators and lecturers will receive a 2015 conference registration and NCECA membership for the 2015 calendar year. The Board is committed to providing a monetary honorarium, the amount of which will be determined when the 2015-16 budget is finalized. Please read the information below carefully to prepare for your Submittal.

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 “Lively Experiments” will receive preference. Your ONLINE submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered:

For all presenters/panelist/moderators (We must have the following from everyone participating and/or proposing a panel, new work or lecture):
• Names
• Address
• Phone number (cell preferred)
• Email address (preferred method of contact)

90-Minute Panelist/Moderators
(Panels are limited to no more than three panelists plus a moderator)
• Panel title
• Proposal abstract for juror selection – 200 to 400 words
• Brief two-page resume for all participants
• Program guide description – 50 word maximum (if your proposal is accepted, this will be printed in the program guide)
• Images of each presenter’s work not to exceed 10 images total (please only include images that will strengthen the proposal)

Image Submission Guidelines

*Since your images may be used in a NCECA publication we need to have high quality JPG images (minimum 8″ x 10″ , resolution ppi/dpi 300). This is submittal for programming and the images can be used on our web site, program guide, Journal.

* Be sure that you are on a stable internet connection before uploading large images. (dial-up connections are not recommended.)

* Images need to be of reasonable size (under 2mb is good)

If you do not have image editing software, below are links to free online image editing applications:

The standard image details required on each image for all submittals:

  1. Title
  2. Brief image description
  3. Type of clay
  4. Firing / Decoration method
  5. Date
  6. Size
  7. Weight
  8. Insurance value
  9. Retail value

30 and 60-Minute Presentations and 60-Minute Co-Presentations
(Co-lectures of 60 minutes may also be proposed, with two individuals presenting different aspects of the same topic)
• Presentation title
• Proposal abstract for juror selection – 200 to 400 words
• Brief two-page resume for all participants
• Program guide description – 50 word maximum (if your proposal is accepted, this will be printed in the program guide)
• Images of each presenter’s work not to exceed 10 images total (please only include images that will strengthen the proposal)  View the Image Preparation Guidelines on this page.

New Work Presentation

• Presentation title
• 200 word artist statement
• 200 to 400 word description of the New Work and how it is different from past work
• Brief two-page resume
• Program guide description – 50 word maximum (if your new work presentation is accepted, this will be printed in the program guide)
• Include images of 10 pieces of new work (please include a detail per piece if necessary) and images of 5 pieces of your older work along with context of the artist’s overall career. View the Image Preparation Guidelines on this page.

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. Click here to view the Publication Guidelines.
• A PowerPoint presentation
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CLICK HERE to continue to the submittal form

The deadline for your proposal is: May 1, 2014, 11:59pm MST.

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. Steve Hilton, 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:

If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact or

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