This vital aspect of our organization and annual conference speaks to our mission of advancing the ceramic arts and educating our communities through dynamic personal interaction with ceramics in exhibitions that encompass the full spectrum of ceramic art. To further increase public awareness and appreciation of the ceramic arts, as well as instigate critical investigation and dialogue, NCECA sponsors two exhibitions in conjunction with each annual conference and helps place dozens of concurrent independent exhibitions featuring ceramics in the conference host community.
Held in odd-numbered years, the NCECA Biennial is the premier international juried exhibition hosted in the United States for the ceramic arts. It is open to all U.S. artists and to International NCECA members. The notice for the NCECA Biennial Call for Entries is distributed in conference registration packets the year prior to the exhibition. The entry form is online and can be accessed through the NCECA web site. The jury consists of leading experts in the field of ceramics and a catalogue featuring accepted work is published. A color catalogue documents the exhibition experience and contains artists’ biographies, essays and color images of the art.
The NCECA Invitational is a themed, curated exhibition that features leading edge, large scale and often challenging ceramic art. Held in even-numbered years, the exhibition concept is developed and a select foundational group of artists’ works is assembled by invitation. Augmenting this core selection, additional artists may respond to an open call for images of ceramic works that support the theme. This format brings established reputations and emerging talent to bear on the selected theme and adds vitality and fresh perspectives to an ongoing dialogue.
The NCECA Emerging Artist program is intended to give early career artists, who show exceptional promise, the opportunity to present their work to an international audience at the NCECA Annual Conference. Emerging Artist nominations are welcomed from professionals in the field of ceramics, or artists may self nominate with the support of two professionals.