2023 Venue Originated Exhibition Proposals

DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 (11:59pm Eastern)

The annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) coming to Cincinnati in March 2023 offers opportunities for art venues throughout the region to connect with local, national, and international artists and audiences. This region-wide celebration of ceramic art, teaching, and learning includes a series of exhibitions highlighting diverse artists and forms of expression using clay and the ceramic process. Producing an exhibition at a local venue and being part of this initiative can raise visibility and drive visitor traffic to the venue.

Exhibitions proposals that go through NCECA’s peer review process appear in conference promotional materials. Proposals must predominantly include works that incorporate clay and/or the ceramic process. The organizing theme of the 2023 NCECA conference is Current. Proposals that relate to this theme are strongly encouraged. The conference will take place March 15-18, 2023, though exhibitions are encouraged to run from dates preceding the event and run as late as June 2023. For questions regarding exhibition proposals, contact 2023 Onsite Liaisons, Pam Kravetz, pam.nceca@gmail.com, and Cal Cullen, cal.nceca@gmail.com.

Current day Cincinnati, home to a vibrant creative community where artists, many working with clay, are getting their hands dirty and shaping new worlds. The region’s first peoples of the Eastern Woodland Indian tribes, venerated their ancestors, moving tons of earth over long distances to form massive mounds. In the early 19th century, scores of brickmakers and artisans churned out construction materials from the clay-rich flatlands bordering the mill creek in their very back yards. Still later, ceramic artists like Maria Longworth Storer established Rookwood Pottery when she found that the clays of the Ohio Valley rivaled those used in the world’s finest ceramics.

Current can be a flow of electrons, a force of water, a moment in time. Current invites us to consider how working with clay leads us to engage in worlds of continuity and continual change. The river is an essential and enduring feature of Cincinnati’s history and evolution. Current predates the history of human creation and transports artifacts, stories, ideas through time to future generations. Ceramic artworks embody currents that carry diverse traditions of invention and renewal.

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, and performance works.

A member driven organization, NCECA’s innovation and vision emerges from its communities. NCECA’s efforts to site and promote exhibitions raise awareness and create opportunities for engagement with ceramic art for diverse audiences, including those who live in the conference host region as well as those who travel from around the United States and abroad.

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 cannot 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.

Exhibitions curated or organized by NCECA members are eligible for free listings in the conference promotional materials. Exhibition proposals submitted by non-members of NCECA may be subject to a $50 listing fee for inclusion in NCECA’s publications, including print materials, mobile device apps, website, blog, and social media. The other artists included in the proposal are not required to be members of NCECA.

All venues submitting these proposals are independently responsible for display furniture, installation, de-installation, insurance, and liability concerns related to the exhibition. The venue is solely responsible for artwork sales and any shipping/transportation agreement between the venue and the artists.

If venues typically charge admission fees, NCECA requests waiving them for people wearing conference registration credentials. Venues not waiving fees may not be included on potential bus routes or tours. A limited number of venues may be invited for inclusion on the NCECA’s Collectors Tour itinerary, refined Autumn 2022-Winter 2023. NCECA is entitled to request a contribution stemming from sales made directly through this Collectors Tour.

NCECA cannot promise inclusion on potential exhibition bus routes planned for the conference. NCECA, its Onsite Conference Liaisons, and its transportation provider will determine potential exhibition bus routes 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 October 15, 2022. 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.

NCECA strongly encourages Venue Originated Exhibitions to be fully installed and open to the public beginning Tuesday morning, March 14, 2023, and remain on view until 5 pm on the closing day of the conference, Saturday, March 18, 2023.

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, the applicant acknowledges full responsibility for artworks, visitors, and artists involved in exhibitions in the venue. NCECA and its representatives cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages that may happen in the course of the exhibition.

A 2023 NCECA conference exhibitions committee including NCECA’s Exhibitions Director Brett Binford with Onsite Conference Liaisons Pam Kravetz and Cal Cullen 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 June 29, 2022 (11:59pm Eastern). In order to access and complete the form applicants must LOGIN to an existing NCECA profile or create an account in NCECA’s database at this LINK.

NCECA recommends using Google Chrome or Firefox when using forms on this site instead of Internet Explorer or Safari.

***IMPORTANT*** Although the system supporting this submission form does not currently include an active word counter, NCECA requires adherence to word count limitations identified in open fields.

NCECA recommends composing responses to open fields utilizing word-processing software on a computer or device and using the integrated word-counting tools. Please make certain that the spelling of artists’ names in the proposal is correct. Once composed, proofed, and counted, copy the text from the local word-processing software into the appropriate fields in the form. We caution applicants to avoid using unnecessary special characters due to incorrect conversion within the form system.

NCECA reserves the right to edit text submitted for clarity, word count, spelling, and grammar.

*NOTE* Extended time in the form may cause the form to time out
and the system to log the applicant out. 

Please prepare the following BEFORE starting the online application:

Venue name and Contact Information: address, venue phone number (for the public), website
Venue contact first and last name, email address, phone number
Exhibition Title (in all capital letters)
Exhibition Curator or Organizer first and last name, email address, phone number

Curator: Is responsible for the project’s organizing principles, selection of artists and presentation work, and the curator’s artwork is NOT included in the exhibition.)

Organizer: Is responsible for the project’s organizing principles, selection of artists and presentation work, and is PARTICIPATING AS AN ARTIST in the exhibition.)

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 title, Current (Limit 500 words)
Exhibition description to be published (if accepted) in the Conference Program & Exhibition Guide and Mobile application. (Limit 30 words)
Participating artists for proposal REVIEW: First name Last name, email address, personal website. (For artists without a website, indicate NONE.) (Limit 300 words)
Participating artists for PUBLICATION (to be used for promotional materials): comma separated. The first 10 artists listed will appear in print publications. If there are more than 10 artists “and others” will be added at the end of the list of 10.

Exhibition Dates

Days and hours the exhibition will be on view Sunday, March 12 through Saturday March 18.

Although evening exhibition receptions are not required, NCECA will reach out to venues to coordinate their scheduling.
Can the venue be open 10am-5pm on Wed, March 15? The majority of attendees visit the exhibitions on WED.
Is the venue willing/able to amend hours to accommodate potential NCECA bus routes?
Is the NCECA exhibition wheelchair accessible?
Does the venue typically charge an admission fee?
Does the venue 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)
To be provided for each image:

Artist Name – Artwork Title (ex. Val Cushing – Stoneware Casserole)
Year completed
Brief image Description
Clay type
Firing method
Dimensions (H, W, D) Indicate in inches

The 2023 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 July, 2022.

For technical assistance, please contact BOTH support@nceca.net AND kate@nceca.net

For questions related to the exhibition listing or the jury process, please contact tammy@nceca.net

NCECA recommends using Google Chrome or Firefox when using forms on this site. Some forms do not respond well in Internet Explorer or Safari.


After completing the online submission form, please hit SUBMIT only one time. The form data could take several minutes to submit, particularly with multiple images. An email will be generated through NCECA’s database confirming successful transmission. Please save the confirmation email. If you do not receive this confirmation message within an hour after submission, please email kate@nceca.net