Presentation Deadlines for 2015 Demonstrating Artists

Lively Experiments – 49th Annual Conference
Providence, Rhode Island
March 25-28, 2015

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014, 11:59pm MST (CLOSED)

Demonstrating Artists are among the headline presenters at the annual NCECA conference. NCECA strives to present makers grappling with a range of formal, technical and conceptual concerns operating across the field. Typically, four Demonstrating Artists present at each conference. On Thursday and Friday of the conference two artists present concurrently on stage and a shift of presenters takes place from morning to afternoon.

Artist pairings provide a framework for presenters to participate in dialog about decision-making in the creative process in order to provide added insight into their underlying questions and concerns in regard to their work. NCECA video records Demonstrating Artists’ presentations during conference and subsequently disseminates documentation.

In developing the program, NCECA’s goal is to present Demonstrating Artists who embody diverse approaches to ceramic creation and the ability to engage conference attendees through their capacities as makers, communicators and thinkers. NCECA’s Board of Directors reviews all submissions to this call. As with other headline presentations the Board also reserves the right to invite artists working at high levels of accomplishment and visibility in the field.

There are typically four demonstrators at each conference with two potters and two sculptors. As a conference demonstrator your commitment to NCECA is as follows:

• A three-hour session on both Thursday and Friday
• Arrival on Wednesday, March 25, for image verification and a demonstrator video interview
• A PowerPoint that will be shown simultaneously with your demonstration
• A written contribution to the NCECA Journal as outlined in the following guidelines:
Click Here to view the Publication Guidelines.

Demonstrators will receive an honorarium of $1300, conference registration (2015) and a one-year membership to NCECA.

All proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process. A link to the form is provided below. Your online submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered (Only .doc, .JPEG or .PDF files will be accepted):

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number (cell preferred)
  • Email Address (preferred method of contact)
  • Plan and/or concept ( 200 word artist statement and 200 word demonstration description)
  • Program guide description – 50 word maximum (if your proposal is accepted, this will be printed in the program guide)
  • Brief two-page resume
  • Maximum of 15 images (Image Preparation Guidelines)

Please read the information below to prepare for your online Submittal.
Proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Portal; link to the form is provided below.

NCECA recommends using Google Chrome or Firefox when using forms on this site. Some forms do not respond well to Internet Explorer or Safari.

Everyone is eligible. NCECA’s Board may choose to exclude those who presented at the prior year’s conference.

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.
Successful applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision by email as soon as possible following the conclusion of the May meeting. If you have questions, please email:

Conference presenters receive an agreement and publications guidelines for the upcoming conference.
Presenters can help make the conference as successful as possible for all involved by reviewing these files carefully and committing the critical deadlines to a calendar. Historically, presentations made at academic conferences were seen as a service and a means through which to contribute to scholarship in the field. NCECA recognizes that many valuable contributions to its programming are made by people that work independently in studios, as curators, or scholars, outside of academia and organizations that support arts education. NCECA’s is one of the few educational conferences in the US to maintain some level of compensation to conference presenters.

Agreements with core conference program presenters permit NCECA to withhold a portion of honoraria to those who do not comply with deadlines.
NCECA recognizes the generosity of spirit of every conference presenter and the effort that goes into creating a terrific presentation.

Compliance with NCECA deadlines is important for a number of reasons including but not limited to the following:
Decisions that individual artists, businesses, organizations, faculty and students make about travel and participating in conferences can have big financial consequences and must often be made far in advance.

Information about conference presenters, their topics and backgrounds can be essential for people to make informed decisions and budget the resources necessary to participate in the conference.

Those needing to get approval for release from work and or travel with or without students are often required to be able to document the importance of the conference content to their programs.

Some individuals use content about the conference and its presenters to seek support from local arts agencies, school districts and other avenues of assistance.

NCECA has firm timelines that need to be met in order to have a journal and program/ exhibition guide produced in advance of conference.
Deadlines are not determined in a vaccuum. Adequate time for the processes of editors, designers, printers and shippers all need to be taken into account when setting deadlines.

If you ever have a question or need assistance with meeting a deadline please don’t hesitate to reach out for clarification. Moreover, if you receive a message reminding you of an upcoming or lapsed deadline, please give it due attention immediately. Presenter compliance is essential to making the conference the best it can be.

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