2019 Venue Originated Exhibitions proposals

DEADLINE: June 13, 2018 (CLOSED)

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

NCECA seeks exhibition proposals that have conceptual resonance with the theme of its 53rd Annual Conference, Claytopia, which takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 27-30, 2019. The great Irish poet, playwright, and author Oscar Wilde wrote, “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.”

Claytopia is an invented word that builds on Wilde’s concept of the human imagination as a vehicle of restless yearning for a more livable, just, and meaningful world. Since the 1960s, the Twin Cities region has played a pivotal role in shaping a renaissance in studio pottery and craft as cultural forces. Adaptation of Mingei-inspired ideals within the American heartland drove a vision of artfulness in daily life. Claytopia, will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators, and students in sharing knowledge, practices, and programs through which the power of the imagination strives to realize and expand human potential.

The array of exhibitions for NCECA’s 2019 conference will build on the field’s interpretations of Claytopia. NCECA’s board and advisors may also reach beyond the fields of ceramic art and education to curate additional thought provoking perspectives that encourage us to imagine the future of our field in new ways. Through its programming, NCECA hopes to welcome the experiences of artists of under-represented backgrounds, while celebrating, and challenging accepted understandings of ceramic art’s impact as aesthetic experience, self-realization, and social transformation.

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 Originated 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.

In order to be eligible for listing, all exhibitions are required be open to the public Tuesday, March 26- Saturday, March 30, 2019 and recommended to be open on Monday, March 25 and Sunday, March 31, 2019.

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 2018-Winter 2019. 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 Liaisons 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 2018. 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 26, 2019 and must remain on view until 5pm on the closing day of the conference, Saturday, March 30, 2019. 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.

A committee including NCECA’s Exhibitions Director Brett Binford, On-Site Conference Liaisons Sarah Millfelt of Northern Clay Center and Keith Williams of Concordia University, and community activist Ta-coumba Aiken will review and approve 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 13, 2018 (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, Claytopia, 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.) PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THE SPELLING OF THE ARTISTS’ NAMES. Character count: 0/3000
List of participating artists to be published in the Conference Program & Exhibition Guide and Smart Phone App. Please submit First name Last name separated by a comma (Maximum of 10 can be published) Ex. Jane Doe, John Smith. PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THE SPELLING OF THE ARTISTS’ NAMES

Exhibition Dates
Reception Date during NCECA (if applicable). Do you plan to host a reception during NCECA? Are you willing to be flexible to accommodate reception shuttle buses on Thursday and Friday evening?

Venue/Exhibition hours Monday, March 25-Sunday, March 31
– Is the venue willing/able to amend daily hours and reception date/time to accommodate NCECA bus routes?

– Is the exhibition wheelchair 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 Brett Binford, On-Site Conference Liaisons Sarah Millfelt of Northern Clay Center and Keith Williams of Concordia University, and community activist Ta-coumba Aiken 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 2018.

For questions or technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net