2020 NCECA Annual – The Burdens of History
Curated by Anna Walker

Hosted by:
Visual Arts Center Of Richmond
1812 W Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 353-0094
https://www.visarts.org/

and 

Glave Kocen Gallery
1620 W Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-1990
http://www.glavekocengallery.com/

ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (11:59pm MDT)

EXHIBITION DATES:
Visual Arts Center of Richmond: March 18 – May 2, 2020
Glave Kocen Gallery : March 1-31, 2020

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. 

The most well-known myths of American Studio Ceramics are often not the most inclusive, and by definition, do not represent every voice. The Burdens of History seeks to broaden the narrative, featuring artists and artworks that both celebrate and critique the history of the field. The exhibition is a platform for artists who approach ceramics as pluralistic, who broaden representation in the field, and who consider the many histories/herstories/theirstories of clay to make new touchstones for today. Their performances, videos, ephemera, and objects engage not only a material knowledge of clay but knowledge of its social history. Rooted in the past, but moving in new directions, these works–and the artists who made them–demonstrate the continued vitality of the multivalent field of ceramics.

ABOUT CURATOR ANNA WALKER
Anna Walker, curator of the 2020 NCECA Annual, is Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) where she is responsible for exhibition, research and publication, the proposal of acquisitions, and development of long-term collections strategy. She has lectured widely and contributed essays for Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft Inquiry, and the 2016 Renwick Invitational: Visions and Revisions catalogue. Recent projects at the MFAH include In the Studio: Craft in Postwar America, 1950-1970, In Conversation: 18th Century Influences on Contemporary Craft, and Materials and Meaning in Dutch Jewelry from the Museum’s Collection. She presented “The Personal is Political: Exploring Constructions of Identity in the Work of Jennifer Ling-Datchuk” at the Textile Society of America’s 16th Biennial symposium. She is co-curating the forthcoming retrospective of Olga de Amaral with Cranbrook Art Museum opening in 2020.

ABOUT THE GALLERIES
The 2020 NCECA Annual, The Burdens of History, will be spread across two of Richmond, Virginia’s leading venues for contemporary art: The Visual Arts Center of Richmond and Glave Kocen Gallery. The two venues are within a short distance of one another in one of the city’s most vibrant art communities and represent an opportunity for ceramic artists to reach audiences from both the nonprofit and for profit art markets.

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VisArts) has helped adults and children explore their creativity and make art since 1963. Each year, the organization touches the lives of more than 40,000 people through its classes, exhibitions, community outreach programs, camps, workshops, and special events. Founded as the Hand Workshop, the organization moved to the historic Virginia Dairy building at 1812 West Main Street, where it leased space for 17 years before purchasing and later renovating the building. Completed in 2007, the renovation transformed the facility into an inviting and inspiring 30,000-square-foot arts center, which includes the 1,800-square-foot True F. Luck Gallery. The gallery’s focus is on materials and processes of contemporary artists. Mission: Celebrate and support the creative life of all people through art-making, exhibitions and community programs. Vision: Art for everyone. Creativity for life. Each year, VisArts offers more than 1,000 visual and creative arts classes in clay, wood, fiber, painting, photography, printmaking, glass, metal, drawing, writing, decorative arts and other visual media. More than 125 instructors teach for the organization.

The 3,200 square foot Glave Kocen Gallery occupies a converted bottling warehouse at 1620 West Main Street, providing an ideal art space to showcase contemporary works. The gallery serves as home to more than 30 emerging and established artists and encourages both art lovers as well as four-legged friends to visit. Lucy, gallery canine extraordinaire and RVA’s very own “parti poodle” (due to her partially-colored coat), welcomes guests during regular business hours. Here at Glave Kocen Gallery, we thrive on serving our community, creating a space where both artists and patrons feel welcome and appreciated, and pride ourselves on finding and presenting some of RVA’s most unique works of art. Husband and wife gallery owners, Jennifer Glave and BJ Kocen, established the gallery in 2007. Since 2013 the gallery has been voted one of the Best Art Galleries in Richmond recognized by Virginia Living, Richmond Magazine, and local weekly arts and culture rag, Style Weekly.

Expansion of the exhibition to these two venues will allow for the largest exhibition space that NCECA has enjoyed for this cornerstone project of the annual conference in recent years.

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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 artspace in Richmond.) NCECA membership is not a requirement of eligibility, however, NCECA members receive complimentary entry to NCECA exhibitions.

Member: $0.00 (At CHECKOUT enter discount code MemberFREE)

Non-member: $45.00

Please check your NCECA Membership status, by logging into your NCECA Profile at this LINK to check your expiration date or contact kate@nceca.net

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.  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.

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 

For complete specifications, tutorials and resources please visit the CaFE website at  https://www.callforentry.org/cafehelp.phtml 

DEADLINE June 26, 2019 (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
Applications will be accepted online only at www.callforentry.org

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 discusses the connection of how the piece relates to the exhibition concept/call title. If the work is multi-media, please explain in detail the process used to create the work. For example:

Piece 1 (include title) relates to the exhibition concept because… AND (if applicable) the process/s used for this multi-media work included…
Piece 2 (include title) relates to the exhibition concept because… AND (if applicable) the process/s used for this multi-media work included…
Piece 3 (include title) relates to the exhibition concept because… AND (if applicable) the process/s used for this multi-media work included…

*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.

For complete specifications, tutorials and resources please go to CaFE Help


Each work submitted must include the following details:

∙ Title
∙ Medium (60 character limit with 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

SELECT from CaFE Call List NCECA 2020 Annual The Burdens of History
Complete entry form with prepared information listed above.

NO CHANGES will be allowed once an entry has been submitted. Once data is entered in the CaFE 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 Anna Walker will make selections for the exhibition from digital images and work statements to develop the exhibition. Selected artists will be asked for high-resolution images.

VisArts and Glave Kocen 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.

(Specific details to be provided in selected artists’ agreements)
Shipped and hand delivered works to arrive at the galleries:
Visual Arts Center of Richmond – March 4-12, 2020 

Glave Kocen Gallery – February 12-20, 2020

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. 

When paying to ship your work TO the venue, be sure to also purchase RETURN-SHIPPING. The pre-paid return shipping label is to be included in your box. A copy of the return label is to be emailed to kate@nceca.net

RETURN OF UNSOLD WORK
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 per artist. 

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.

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 26, 2019 (11:59pm Mountain Daylight time)
Artists notification – by August 2019
Signed loan agreements due by – early-mid September 2019

Shipped and hand delivered works to arrive:
Visual Arts Center of Richmond –
March 4-12, 2020 

Glave Kocen Gallery – February 12-20, 2020

Exhibition Dates:
Visual Arts Center of Richmond –
March 18 – May 2, 2020 

Glave Kocen Gallery – March 1-31, 2020

54th Annual NCECA Conference in Richmond, VA  March 25-28, 2020
Reception: 6 PM- 9 PM Thursday, March 26, 2020 during conference at both venues

Pick up work and start packing/shipping: Details to be provided
Damage Claim: Immediately upon return
Return shipping reimbursement request: Before June 1, 2020

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