2019 NCECA ANNUAL EXHIBITION
THE FORM WILL FIND ITS WAY:
CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC SCULPTURAL ABSTRACTION 
Curated by Elizabeth Carpenter

Hosted by:
Katherine E. Nash Gallery,
Department of Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

ENTRY DEADLINE (CLOSED): Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (11:59pm MDT) 

EXHIBITION DATES: January 22 – March 30, 2019
ABOUT THE NCECA ANNUAL
The NCECA Annual blends impactful attributes of invitational and open juried models of exhibition development. The vision of a single curator generates an organizing concept for the exhibition and invites five leading artists in the field whose work serves to build out and expand on the exhibition’s conceptual framework. The curator then makes selections of additional works and artists for the exhibition through an open call for submissions. 

ABOUT CURATOR ELIZABETH CARPENTER
Elizabeth Carpenter is an independent curator, writer, and educator. As curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center from 2001-2015, some of her exhibition highlights included Frida Kahlo (2007); Robert Irwin: Slant/Light/Volume (2009); Hélio Oiticica / Rirkrit Tiravanija: Contact (2010); Absentee Landlord (2011), curated with filmmaker John Waters; Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy (2012); and Dance Works III: Merce Cunningham / Rei Kawakubo (2012). Prior to her role at the Walker, Carpenter served on the curatorial team responsible for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective (1997). In 2001, as guest curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings, she curated Jim Dine Prints: 1985 – 2000 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for which she also wrote and edited a catalogue raisonné of Dine’s graphic work. Carpenter’s writing has appeared in numerous exhibition catalogues and Art in Print. 

Currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota where she teaches art history and theory, Carpenter holds a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, M.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota, and M.Phil. in Art History from the City University of New York Graduate Center (CUNY). 

CURATOR’S STATEMENT- THE FORM WILL FIND ITS WAY: CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC SCULPTURAL ABSTRACTION
It is my honor and privilege to curate the 2019 NCECA Annual exhibition that will take place concurrently with Claytopia, the 53rd annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The artists I have invited include Nicole Cherubini, Alexandra Engelfriet, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Brie Ruais, and Anders Ruhwald. 

Due to my 25-year career as a contemporary art curator, I bring a slightly different professional frame of reference to this national and international exhibition of current practices in the ceramic arts. 

With The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction, I will be exploring experimental, cross-disciplinary, and aesthetically diverse artistic practices, with the explicit intention to avoid preconceptions about established categories like art and craft. My interest in ceramics launches from the modernist sculptural tradition. The works that I hope to select for the exhibition will tend toward a sculptural exploration of abstraction rather than traditional or functional ceramic objects and vessels. 

I am seeking to include artists who work in an interdisciplinary mode, not only in order to tap into ambiguity, disorder, entropy, and the uncanny, but also to challenge the plinth and the pedestal while embracing the possibilities of alternative installation strategies, and/or time-based media. Within the rubric of sculptural abstraction, I am especially interested in phenomenology—i.e., the tension and scale of objects in space; the impact of perception and bodily movement on the part of the artist while creating and the spectator while experiencing art; and performative strategies, processes, and outcomes. 

There is no aim at being comprehensive—my selection of artists will be a sampling of current practices, and represents an attempt at a sustained consideration of one crossover tendency within the worlds of ceramics and contemporary art. 

~ Elizabeth Carpenter

ABOUT THE KATHERINE E. NASH GALLERY
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, located since 2003 in the University of Minnesota’s Regis Center for Art, is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. A beautiful space of 5,000 square feet, the Nash presents exhibitions of local, regional, and international artists, as well as public programs and cultural events. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique, and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other and society. We strive to be a center of discourse on the practice of visual art and its relationship to culture and community—a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for the future.

Submission of works for consideration is open to the broad field of ceramic art. Artists must be over 18 years of age and not matriculating for a degree in higher education. (NCECA provides a platform for student artists in the NCECA Juried Student Exhibition which will take place at the Soo Visual Arts Center.) NCECA membership is not a requirement of eligibility, however, NCECA members receive a discount on entry fees.

Members entry fee is $20
Non-Members entry fee is $35

Membership in NCECA is paid on an annual basis and is not included in conference registration. NCECA membership runs 12 months from the date of joining or renewal. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please login into your NCECA Profile at this LINK to check your expiration date or contact kate@nceca.net.  To renew or become a member of NCECA, go to: www.nceca.net/membership/

MEDIA

All works must be …

… primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only when clay is the dominant material.  Video featuring clay or ceramics will be juried; the link provided must be anonymous, any reference to an applicant’s name will disqualify participant from jurying;

… able to fit through the venue’s entryways and be safely installed on premises. Floor and pedestal works must be self-supporting. NCECA and exhibition venue staff reserve the right to exclude from exhibition works that arrive at the venue in unstable condition. The curator will make final determinations;

… completed within the last two years prior to the entry deadline and should be responsive to the theme of the exhibition. Works shown in previous NCECA exhibitions are not eligible. Please do not enter the same work in more than one NCECA exhibition call.

ENTRY PROCEDURES
Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition. Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration.

Applicants must first create a CaFE profile at www.callforentry.org  Uploaded media files will be stored in your CaFE Portfolio so you can submit them to calls. You will choose which media files to submit to a call when you fill out the application. Media file submissions must comply with specifications found at CaFÉ https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml 

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DEADLINE June 20, 2018 (11:59pm Mountain Daylight time)

All submissions must include declaration of a monetary value for insurance purposes. This value may not be altered at a later date. 

NUMBER OF WORKS:
Interested artists may submit up to three (3) distinct works with no more than two (2) media files (images, video, or audio) per work, not to exceed six total media files. (See media files details at https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml 

EXCLUSIONS
NCECA reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions that include more than three (3) works or more than two (2) media files per work. Please do not submit the same pieces to multiple NCECA calls in the same year.

Additionally, NCECA reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions made with incorrect fees. It is the artist’s responsibility to verify and update member status before submitting his/her work and paying the entry fee. NCECA will not process refunds to those who submit incorrect fees.

ENTRY PROCEDURES

BEFORE beginning submission, applicants must be prepared to provide the following as well as images and image details:
Please proof carefully and submit as print ready.

*Artist statement (limit 1000 characters with spaces – this is a statement about your work in general. Do not include artist name in statement as this will be blind juried by artwork.)

*Artwork Statements – (limit 2000 characters with spaces) Provide a short statement about EACH piece being submitted that explains the work’s relationship to the exhibition curator’s concept. You may also use this space to include detail about the process of creation, especially for multi-media works. For example:

Piece 1 (include title) relates to the exhibition concept because… AND (if applicable) the process/s used in the creation of this work include…
Piece 2 (include title) relates to the exhibition concept because… AND (if applicable) the process/s used in the creation of this work include…
Piece 3 (include title) relates to the exhibition concept because… AND (if applicable) the process/s used in the creation of this work include…

*Brief biographical statement (limit 1000 characters with spaces) If selected the short bio may be printed in the catalogue, please proof carefully and submit print ready.

*A two-page resume of ‘highlights’ … max 2mb…to be uploaded as either a pdf or word doc

All submissions must include declaration of a monetary value for insurance purposes. This value may not be altered at a later date.

CREATE a CaFÉ™ profile www.callforentry.org Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration.

UPLOAD MEDIA files – Uploaded media files will be stored in your CaFE Portfolio so you can submit them to calls. You will choose which media files to submit to a call when you fill out the application. Media file submissions must comply with specifications found at CaFÉ https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml 

IMAGE: Only JPEGs.  No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side. Landscape or portrait formats are acceptable. The file size may not exceed 5MB.

AUDIO: Only AIFF, WAV, XMF, MP3 up to 10MB with a minimum bit rate of 96.

VIDEO: Only 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS up to 100MB with a minimum resolution of 640 x 480; minimum 12 fps.

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Each work submitted must include the following details:

  • Title
  • Medium (60 character limit including spaces)
  • Height/Width/Depth (in inches)
  • Retail Value
    (Retail value must be reported even for works included in the exhibition that are not available for purchase.) Insurance value will be calculated as 50% of the retail value.
  • Year completed
  • Primary Discipline (ceramics)
  • Description (300 character limit including spaces)

SELECT from CaFE Call List NCECA 2019 Annual The Form Will Find Its Way
Complete entry form with prepared information listed above.

NO CHANGES will be allowed once an entry is accepted into the database. Once data is entered in the system, it cannot be altered. PROOFREAD your data carefully as this information may be used to generate the catalogue, insurance, and publicity information.

Individual works will be selected through blind jurying. Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration. Curator Elizabeth Carpenter will make selections for the exhibition from digital images and work statements to develop the exhibition. Artists whose work is selected through the review process will exhibit with the five artists invited by the curator. Selected artists will be asked for high-resolution images.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery shall maintain insurance coverage for all works included in the exhibition only while they are on its premises. It is the responsibility of the artists to provide insurance coverage for their work while it is in transit. The gallery insurance will provide coverage for up to 50% of the works reported retail value. Retail value must be reported even for works included in the exhibition that are not available for purchase. In the event that damages occur to works in the exhibition, artists may be required to demonstrate that the value(s) declared are established fair market values.

All works included in the exhibition must arrive at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery between December 3 – 14, 2018. It is the responsibility of artists to securely pack their works for the exhibition, arrange and pay for shipping to and from the exhibition venue, and insure their artworks while in transit. NCECA recommends that all artists document their packaging process using digital images and text description prior to closing all crates and /or boxes for shipment. This documentation may provide critical information to support claims against carriers for damage in transit. The exhibition will be taken down and works will be packed for return shipping immediately after the close of the exhibition. All return shipping of unsold works must be paid in advance by participating artists who must be the shipper of record. Shipping reimbursement requests must be supported by original receipts and will be limited to no more than $500.00 for each complete work included in the exhibition. In consultation with the exhibition development team (curator, gallery director, and NCECA exhibitions director) it may be determined that some works selected for the exhibition may require artists to travel to the venue in order to participate in installation. With approval of the exhibition development team, artists travelling to the site to install works may request travel reimbursement in lieu of shipping reimbursement. Artists who choose to hand deliver their works may be able to request reimbursement at NCECA’s allowable mileage rate in lieu of shipping reimbursement. Artists will be responsible to finance any travel-related expenses that are not pre-approved by the exhibition development team. Additional details on claiming reimbursements will be included in the loan agreement.

Shipped and hand delivered works to arrive at the gallery: December 3 – 14, 2018 during business hours: M-F, 9 am – 4 p.m. There is no elevated loading dock. If crated work arrives by truck, the truck should have a lift gate. 

Works to be offered for purchase at the discretion of artists included in the exhibition. Artists will receive 50% of the purchase value on works sold and 50% will be retained as commission by NCECA and the exhibition venue. Shipping of purchased works will be the responsibility of collectors.

Participating artists must agree to allow NCECA, the exhibition venue, and gallery visitors to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. Images of accepted works will be retained by NCECA for promotional purposes, posting on the NCECA website and sharing with media related publications.

NCECA reserves the right to produce a color print and/or electronic catalogue for the exhibition featuring an essay by the curator along with statements and images of artwork by all participating artists. Each artist in the exhibition will receive two (2) complimentary copies of the catalogue. The catalogue will be available for pre-order purchase online and at the conference so long as supplies remain.

CALENDAR

Deadline – June 20, 2018 (11:59pm Mountain Daylight time)
Artists notification – by mid-August 2018
Signed loan agreements due by – early-mid September 2018

Shipped and hand delivered works to arrive at the gallery:
December 3 – 14, 2018 during business hours: M-F, 9 am – 4 p.m. There is no elevated loading dock. If crated work arrives by truck, the truck should have a lift gate. 

Exhibition dates: January 22-March 30, 2019
53rd Annual NCECA Conference
in Minneapolis, MN  March 27-30, 2019
Reception: 5 PM- 9 PM Thursday, March 28, 2019

Pick up work and start packing/shipping: Details to be provided
Damage Claim: Immediately upon return
Return shipping reimbursement request: Before June 1, 2019

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