2018 Venue Originated Exhibitions proposals
DEADLINE: June 7, 2017 (CLOSED)

For questions or technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net

NCECA will accept exhibition proposals from venues in its conference region to be considered for promotion through its communications efforts.

The theme of NCECA’s 52nd Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA is CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture

CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture is the organizing theme of NCECA’s 2018 conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A city of rivers, bridges, complex immigrant history, gritty perseverance, and reinvention, Pittsburgh is a place in which clay people can gather to share knowledge, celebrate and critique our work in arts, culture, teaching and learning.

What are the sources of inspiration that influence and impact our work today?

How are we grappling with issues to keep clay vital in classrooms, museums, and community settings?

How are our ideas about and practices of making changing?

How are we learning from and adapting to the interplay of cultures in the contemporary world? 

What is at stake as we work to sustain cultural legacies in a shifting present and unknown future?

How can we deepen appreciation and expand engagement with clay for individuals and communities? 

What do we hope to achieve through these deepened and expanded experiences?
NCECA is committed to the exhibition and expansion of contemporary ceramic practice including diverse approaches that range from utilitarian and designed objects to sculpture, installations, site-specific works and performance works.

A member driven organization, NCECA is enriched by the innovation and vision that emerges from our community to present ceramic art of the highest caliber in the form of exhibitions throughout the region surrounding its annual conference. NCECA’s efforts to site and promote exhibitions expand awareness of and engagement with ceramic art for audiences that travel to and reside throughout the conference’s host region.

NCECA promotes exhibitions through a print guide, mobile, app, website, Blog and social media. While NCECA makes efforts to cluster the shows within art/ cultural districts to maximize viewer attendance, it is not able to guarantee that all exhibition venues will be included on tour routes.

This call for Venue Generated Exhibitions proposals is intended for and limited to curators, gallery directors or staff of art venues, galleries and organizations in the region of the annual conference. Artists, exhibition organizers or curators not directly affiliated with regional venues who have already made a proposal through NCECA’s Concurrent Exhibitions call, may not resubmit for this call for Venue Generated Exhibitions other than through the express permission of NCECA’s On-Site Conference Liaison Shoji Satake Shoji.Satake@mail.wvu.edu or Kate Lydon klydon@contemporarycraft.org

Active membership in NCECA is suggested for the venue, curator, or organizer submitting the exhibition proposal. Exhibitions curated or organized by NCECA members are eligible for free listings in the conference promotional materials. Exhibition Proposals submitted by those who are not members of NCECA may be subject to a $50 listing fee for inclusion in NCECA’s publications, including print materials, mobile device app, and website. Artists included in the proposal are not required to be members of NCECA at the time the proposal is submitted.

All venues submitting these proposals will be independently responsible for display furniture, installation, de-installation, insurance and liability concerns related to the exhibition. The venue will be solely responsible for sales of artwork and any shipping/transportation agreement between the institution and the artists.

If venues typically charge admission fees, NCECA asks the fees be waived for people wearing conference registration credentials.

A small number of venues may be invited to be included on the itinerary of NCECA’s Collectors Tour, which will be refined from Autumn 2017-Winter 2018. Venues included on the itinerary may be asked to provide a contribution to NCECA stemming from sales made directly through this Collectors Tour.

NCECA cannot promise any venue that it will be included on exhibition bus routes planned for the conference. Exhibition bus routes will be determined by NCECA, its On-Site Conference Liaison and its transportation provider to efficiently move people on routes within limited time frames.

NCECA expects that all exhibitions it promotes will maintain levels of professionalism and be accessible to the public during all hours that are provided to NCECA for publication in the conference app and exhibition guide.

All exhibitions will be required to provide and re-confirm pertinent information on their exhibitions on a timeline that corresponds to NCECA’s app and print promotion deadlines. In general final information will be due for publication prior to the middle of October 2017. NCECA may be unable to accommodate changes or additions to published information later than this date.

Signage, labels and price lists (except in instances where works are not available for purchase) are basic requirements of all exhibitions.

Exhibitions must be fully installed and open to the public beginning Tuesday morning, March 13, 2018 and must remain on view until 5pm on the closing day of the conference, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Please consider withdrawing your proposal if you are not prepared to meet these essential terms.

NCECA does not provide direct financial support to individual exhibition proposals. It will make the utmost effort to highlight exhibitions to conference attendees and the general public through NCECA’s website, print exhibition guide, conference app and other communications.

By submitting an exhibition proposal for NCECA you acknowledge that you are fully responsible for artworks, visitors and artists involved in exhibitions in your venue. NCECA and its representatives cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages that may happen in the course of your exhibition

Conference Liaisons Shoji Satake and Kate Lydon and committee will review and approve these proposals. Criteria for selection will include the following:

Quality of work samples and cohesiveness of the exhibition’s rationale

Solo and group exhibitions will be considered.

While individual artists may be included in more than one proposal, NCECA seeks to have a diverse representation of artists included in the exhibitions program.

All proposals and accompanying support materials must be submitted online by midnight Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (EDT). Link provided below.

Please provide the following in the online application:

Exhibition Title
Exhibition Concept – Explain organizing ideas that support the exhibition and its relevance to the field. Pinpoint particular issues that the exhibition is exploring. Address the relationship of the exhibition to the conference theme, CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, if any. (3000 character limit)
Exhibition description to be published (if accepted) in the Conference Program & Exhibition Guide and Smart Phone app. (maximum 180 characters including spaces)
List of participating artists to include First name, Last name, email address and personal website. (Maximum of 10 can be published) (For any artist involved in the exhibition that does not have a website, indicate NO Website Available.) Character count: 0/3000
Exhibition Dates
Reception Date during NCECA (if applicable)
Days and hours of operations Sunday/Monday (if applicable) and Tuesday through Saturday (required)
– Is the venue willing/able to amend hours to accommodate NCECA bus routes?
– Is the venue handicapped accessible?
– Agree to waive admission fee, for people wearing NCECA conference registration credentials.
– Proposals must include a minimum of 5 images/maximum 10 images.
For video or audio files include a still image and link.
(.jpg ONLY. Each image no larger than 800 KB)

Artist Name – Artwork Title (ex. Val Cushing – Stoneware Casserole)
Date of Piece
Brief image Description
Clay type
Firing method
Dimensions (H, W, D) Indicate in inches

A committee including NCECA’s Exhibitions Director Leigh Taylor Mickelson, On-Site Conference Co-liaisons Shoji Satake and Kate Lydon, and independent curator Kilolo Luckett will review and approve proposals from this pool for inclusion in conference materials. Notification of initial proposal results will be sent to all applicants late June/early July 2017.

For questions or technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net