Multi(VA)lent: Clay, Mindfulness, Memory
Prospectus for 2020 Venue Originated Exhibitions proposals

Wednesday March 25 – Saturday, March 28, 2020

Deadline: 6/12/2019

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 54th Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia is Multi(VA)lent: Clay, Mindfulness, Memory.

NCECA seeks exhibition proposals that incorporate clay as the principal medium of expression. Proposals that bear resonance with the theme of NCECA’s 54th annual conference are strongly encouraged. The conference will take place March 25-28, 2020, though exhibitions are encouraged to run from dates preceding the event and run as late as June 2020.

Steeped in history and engaged with reinvention, the arts, teaching and learning are at the heart of Richmond, Virginia’s vision for innovation. The primary material of ceramic art, clay, connects our human experience from our local communities to distant places, and times long past. Ceramic art’s diversity of expression and continuous renewals and advancements generate affinities that extend the human imagination across time and place. NCECA’s 54th annual conference will explore ways that ceramic artists are charting new pathways from the complex meanings of our interwoven histories.

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. 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 Originated Exhibitions other than through the express permission of NCECA’s Exhibitions Director Brett Binford with On-Site Conference Liaisons Kelly Kerr and Jeff Vick.

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 2019-Winter 2020. 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 2019. 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 24, 2020 and must remain on view until 5pm on the closing day of the conference, Saturday, March 28, 2020. 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 2020 NCECA conference exhibitions committee including NCECA’s Exhibitions Director Brett Binford, Jason Hackett (artist and VCUArts staff member), Caroline Wright (curator, community arts activist, and founder of Current Art Fair), and Abigail Lucien (VCUArts sculpture and extended media faculty) will review all exhibition 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 12, 2019 (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, Multi(VA)lent: Clay, Mindfulness, Memory. (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

The 2020 NCECA conference exhibitions committee will review and evaluate proposals from this pool for inclusion in conference materials. Notification of initial proposal results will be sent to all applicants late June/early July 2019.

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