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DAAP Galleries
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
University of Cincinnati
2624 Clifton Ave.
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016


EXHIBITION DATES: January 24 – March 20, 2021

The 2021 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition will run concurrently with Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions, the 55th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 17-20, 2021. Ceramic artists Jessika Edgar and Malcolm Mobutu Smith will select works for the exhibition.



Jessika Edgar

Co-juror of the 2021 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, Edgar is a ceramic artist based in Metro Detroit. Her research focuses on concepts related to identity and value through an investigation in contemporary craft and sculptural abstraction. Raised in both Western Massachusetts and Southern California, Jessika earned her MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2011), her MA in Studio Art (2009) and her BA in Studio Art (2008) from California State University, Northridge. 

Jessika has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI, Ceramic Research Center and Brickyard Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX and Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. She has been awarded residencies at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Wassaic Projects, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and A.I.R. Vallauris.

Malcolm Mobutu Smith 

Co-juror of the 2021 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, Smith is Associate Professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University (1996) and studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University, receiving a BFA (1994). Smith has presented workshops and lectures, and participated in residencies, including those at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and the Robert McNamara Foundation. His works are represented at The Luise Ross Gallery, New York City and held in numerous private and public collections including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, Haan Museum (China), and Indiana State Museum.


The DAAP Galleries are intended to serve a broad and diverse audience of students, faculty, and staff of the University, as well as from the wider Cincinnati community. 

Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Reed, Jr. Gallery hosts exhibitions that focus on the fields of study associated with the College of DAAP, with emphasis on current work in those disciplines brought in from outside the college to enrich the exposure of students to work produced elsewhere.

Philip M. Meyers, Jr. Memorial Gallery is a venue for presenting the work of DAAP faculty and students to the university community, and hosts other exhibitions broadly reflecting the varied disciplines associated with the larger university community.

The 2021 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, NCECA has extended the call to include students enrolled in the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico; undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students may apply. The applicant must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art at the time of submission. Students enrolled at institutions on which the jurors currently serve as faculty are not eligible to apply.

Entry Fees:
Member: $0.00 (At checkout enter discount code MemberFREE)
Non-member: $30.00

Membership will be verified by NCECA, Please check your NCECA Membership status, by logging into your NCECA Profile at this LINK to check your expiration date or contact support@nceca.net AND 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 https://www.nceca.net/membership/student

All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only when clay is the dominant material. Works submitted must have been realized no longer than two years prior to the exhibition entry deadline.


  • All work samples and attachments (other than resume) submitted must not include visual representation of the applicant’s name. This is to enable the adjudication process to be accomplished without bias of knowing artists’ identities. Any reference to an applicant’s name or school will disqualify the participant from jurying.
  • Works involving video that references ceramic materials, process, history and/or extend expressive capacities of work in clay will be considered at the discretion of the jurors. Video work samples should be submitted as links to accessible files uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or similar platform. Up to two video samples may be submitted; however, one must be no longer than two minutes in duration. Another link may be provided to a full-length video. Videos requiring private login information to be entered for review will not be considered.
  • Works involving photography, whether digitally, or chemically produced, that reference ceramic materials, process, history and/or extend expressive capacities of work in clay will be considered at the discretion of the jurors.
  • The jurors will make final determinations selections, following venue confirmation ability to install all works in a safe and professional manner.
  • Floor and pedestal works must be self-supporting. 


  • Wall hanging works must be provided with hanging systems that are suitably fashioned to securely install.
  • Individual objects should weigh less than 100 lbs. and be of dimensions that can pass through a 36” x 80” entrance door. Larger works that are designed to be assembled from multiple parts in a modular fashion may be accommodated.
  • NCECA and exhibition venue staff reserve the right to exclude from exhibition works that arrive at the venue in unstable condition.

NCECA reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions that include more than two 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.

Applications will be accepted online only using the CaFÉ™ entry process


No more than TWO works of art may be submitted.
For each artwork, you may submit only two (2) media files. (i.e. Full view and detail view)
Jurors will only consider up to two (2) works and review up to four (4) TOTAL media files (See media files details below) by each entrant.

Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition.


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

(Please read all technical information regarding file types, size limitations, and duration requirements detailed below carefully.)

BEFORE beginning submission, applicants must be prepared to provide the following:

  • Artist statement: (up to 1000 characters with spaces)
          Do not include the artist name in the statement.
  • Level of Study: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Post-baccalaureate
  • School Name, Professor Name, Professor Phone, Professor E-mail
  • Preferred pronouns


APPLICATION PROCESS: Go to CaFÉ™  www.callforentry.org

If you already have a profile, login and update your contact information.

If this is your first time using CaFÉ™, create a profile

Upload Media Files – 

Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names.

Uploaded media files will be stored in your CaFE Portfolio. Uploaded media files will be stored in your CaFE Portfolio as a repository of images to be accessed while completing the submission. Media file submissions must comply with specifications found at CaFÉ https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml 

IMAGE: JPG only. 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side. 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 maximum 1920 x 1080; minimum 12 fps recommended 30 fps.

DEADLINE October 7, 2020 (11:59pm Mountain time)


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

NO CHANGES will be allowed once an entry has been submitted. 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.

Each work submitted must include the following details:


  • Title
  • Medium (60-character limit – i.e. Stoneware, celadon glaze, wood base)
  • 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 – Works submitted must have been realized no longer than two years prior to the exhibition entry deadline.
  • Primary Discipline (ceramics)

Description (300-character limit – any additional information you would like the jurors to know about this work. i.e. “This work explores the nature of communication in interpersonal relationships. It seems that we communicate with each other so poorly that it is hopeless we can improve and unite again.”

Jurors Jessika Edgar and Malcolm Mobutu Smith will make selections for the exhibition from digital images and work statements to develop the exhibition. The jurors will ONLY select actual artworks available for the exhibition.

Artists’ names must not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration. This is to enable the adjudication process to be accomplished without bias of knowing artists’ identities.

Merit awards will be determined by the jurors from the actual works and will be announced during the exhibition reception and at the Second Members’ Business Meeting. Recent NJSE Exhibition Awards have included NCECA, company and organizationally sponsored cash prizes, and purchase awards. The final award list will be published at the time of the exhibition.

For work being shipped from Canada and Mexico, please be aware of required documents, customs, and brokerage needs. Suggested contacts are UPS Canada or UPS Mexico https://www.ups.com/ca/en/Home.page https://www.ups.com/mx/en/Home.page
or any other international shipping company. The size of your work will impact your shipping decisions so you might consider smaller work for entry.

It is the responsibility of the student to securely pack their works for the exhibition, arrange and pay for shipping TO and FROM Cincinnati, insure their artworks while in transit, and have all international documents in order.


Work must arrive at the gallery January 4-5, 2021. Inspection of works January 6-8, 2021. 

DAAP Galleries
University of Cincinnati
2624 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016


PRE-DELIVERY COMMUNICATION with venue and artists’ involvement with installation works must be confirmed in advance. 

Primary Contact: Aaron J. Cowan, Director cowanaj@ucmail.uc.edu  513-556-2878

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.

If you are inexperienced with packing for shipping, consider reading this brief article on packing and shipping ceramics http://ceramicsfieldguide.org/chapter-8/packing-fragile-materials/


Please note: In previous NJSEs a significant percentage of work has arrived broken so be sure your work is packed properly.

Key to any good packaging and shipping of ceramic art is using quality materials in adequate supply. Do not reuse boxes and make sure that works are stabilized to mitigate any possibility of movement within containers. Shock absorbing material such as bubble wrap and or foam should cover at least two inches around all surfaces of objects. Wherever possible do not place more than one ceramic object within a single box or compartment. Double boxing is highly recommended with a minimum of 2” of shock absorbing packing material between inner and outer boxes. Crates, rather than boxes should be used for heavier objects. Additional tutorials on packing artwork for shipping can be found on YouTube. If you are still in doubt, work with a professional packager/ shipper.

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

The exhibition will be taken down and works will be packed for return shipping in late March 2021. All return shipping of unsold works must be paid in advance by participating artists who must be the shipper of record. NCECA will reimburse up to $200.00 per artist for ROUND-TRIP shipping/transportation. An ORIGINAL hard copy receipt for shipping or mileage verification along with the 2021 NJSE Reimbursement form (to be sent with agreement and again post conference) must be submitted to NCECA by June 1, 2021 to be eligible for reimbursement. NCECA will not reimburse shipping for work that is sold; the purchaser is responsible for pickup or shipping charges.

DAAP Galleries will provide insurance coverage of work while on their premises for market value as confirmed by the venue or for the amount available. Artists will be responsible for insurance of work 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.

Artists will receive 50% commission on work sold. NCECA will not reimburse shipping/transport for work that is sold; the purchaser is responsible for pickup or shipping charges.

Participating artists must agree to allow NCECA, DAAP Galleries, and 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 may create a digital catalog and/or an online version of the exhibition using images of accepted work.

NCECA may produce a color catalogue documenting the exhibition experience through color images of artwork. Each artist in the exhibition will receive one (1) complimentary copy of the catalogue. Additional copies of the catalogue will be available for purchase-on-demand online.


Online Submittal deadline: October 7, 2020 (11:59pm Mountain Time)
Acceptance notification: mid-November, 2020
Contracts due: early December 2020
Loan period: January 4 – March 23, 2021


Shipped and hand delivered works: Delivery of work January 4-5, 2021 Artists wishing to hand deliver works must contact the gallery director in advance; Aaron J. Cowan, Director cowanaj@ucmail.uc.edu  513-556-2878. Final details to be provided in the accepted artist’s agreement. 

Artists needing to travel to install will be responsible to finance that travel and their housing and board themselves.)

Exhibition dates: January 24 – March 20, 2021

Conference dates in Cincinnati, OH: March 17-20, 2021

Award jurying dates: March 17 or 18, 2021                                     

Awards reception: Thursday, March 18, 2021 6-9pm

Pick up work and start packing/shipping: De-install March 21-22, 2021.
Artists may arrange to pick up works from the gallery on Sunday, March 21, 2021. 

Damage Claim: Immediately upon return

Return shipping reimbursement request: Before June 1, 2021

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