Gary Carlos, Mow, 2012


THEME: Lively Experiments

DEADLINE: July 1, 2014

Produced by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, The NCECA Biennial is a premier international juried ceramics exhibition. Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery will host the 2015 NCECA Biennial In conjunction with Lively Experiments, the 49th Annual NCECA Conference in Providence, Rhode Island (March 25-28, 2015). The exhibition will run January 24 – March 29, 2015. A juried exhibition, submission of works for consideration is open to the broad field of ceramic art. An expert jury panel will make selections for the exhibition from digital images. NCECA produces a color catalog featuring jurors’ statements and work by all participating artists. NCECA Members receive a 50% discount on the entry fee.


Linda Christianson is an independent studio potter who lives and works in rural Minnesota. She studied at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota), and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada). She exhibits nationally and internationally, including one person exhibits in London and St. Louis. Her pieces are in numerous public and private collections, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Glenboe Museum. Linda has taught at Carleton College and the Hartford Art School. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation, and tries to make a better cup each day.
Specializing in contemporary art and the history of photography, Jo-Ann Conklin has curated more than 60 exhibitions over 30 years working in museums. Conklin is the director of the David Winton Bell Gallery, a position she has held since 1996. In that capacity she oversees the Bell Gallery and the Public Art Program of Brown University. She is currently working on an exhibition that explores the use of taxidermy in contemporary art practice. Recent exhibitions include Zugunruhe: An Installation by Rachel Berwick; KIDS: Jill Greenberg, Julie Blackmon, Ruud van Empel; Commitment to the Struggle: The Art of Sue Coe; One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana. Deborah Luster and C.D. Wright; Do-Ho Suh; Map of temper, Map of tenderness; Annette Messager; and Katarzyna Kozyra: Bathhouses. Within the Public Art Program Conklin has worked with artists Martin Puryear, Maya Lin, Diane Samuels, Ann Hamilton, Nina Katchadourian, and Sarah Oppenheimer on permanent installations, and Patrick Dougherty, Paola Pivi and the estates of Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, and Roy Lichtenstein on temporary works. Conklin holds a BFA in photography from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA in art history from the University of Iowa.
Anders Ruhwald (born 1974, Denmark) lives and works at Cranbrook Academy of Art outside of Detroit, USA. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2005. Solo exhibitions include “The State of Things” at The Museum of Art and Design in Copenhagen (Denmark), “You in Between” at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (United Kingdom) and several gallery solo-shows in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Chicago, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Brussels as well as numerous group exhibitions around the world. His work is represented in the private and public collections internationally including The Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), The Denver Art Museum (USA), The Detroit Institute of Art (USA), Sevres (France), Icheon World Ceramic Center (Republic of South Korea), The British Crafts Council, The National Museum (Sweden), The Museum of Art and Design (Denmark), The Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan). In 2011 he was awarded the Gold Prize at the Icheon International Ceramics Biennale in South Korea, as well as receiving a Danish Art Foundation three-year work-stipend in 2010 and the Sotheby’s Prize (UK) in 2007. Reviews include major publications the Guardian (UK), Wallpaper (UK), Artforum.com (USA), Sculpture Magazine (US) and Avenuel Magazine (South Korea). Ruhwald has lectured and taught at universities and colleges around Europe and North America and has held an associate professorship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently he is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, USA.


Open to all current members of NCECA (both national and international) and to all ceramic artists, 18 years and older, residing in the U.S. Please note: artists from outside the U.S. (including Canada) must be NCECA members to enter.

NCECA membership runs 12 months from the date of initiation or renewal. NCECA Membership fees are not included in any event registration. Membership is a stand-alone annual fee. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please contact kate@nceca.net
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. To renew or become an NCECA MEMBER click here

Members $20 entry fee
Non-Members $40 entry fee

All applicants will enter submissions online electronically through Juried Art Services at http://www.juriedartservices.com/. Online submission begins March 15, 2014 and ends July 1, 2014 (midnight EST).

No more than two pieces of artwork may be submitted. For each artwork, you may submit only one full view image and one detail image. Jurors will only consider up to two works and review up to four images by each entrant. Entered works must have been completed within the last two years. Works entered in previous NCECA exhibitions are not eligible. Please do not submit the same pieces to multiple NCECA calls in the same year. Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition. No substitutions allowed.

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 if a link is provided in the description field of the entry. All links must be anonymous, any reference to an applicant’s name or affiliation will disqualify participant from jurying. The jurors will make final determinations.

Work must fit through a standard door. 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, work that the gallery is unable to physically accommodate or which differs from the submitted image. Works may not exceed architectural limitations of the exhibition space. Ceilings are 14′ in height. Weight of wall suspended works may be limited.

Special Considerations: The exhibition venue includes a public lobby space by the entrance of the gallery that may be suitable for a large-scale site-specific installation. Any artist(s) selected to create installation(s) in this public area will waive any claims for loss or damage to the work.

Images details to prepare for the application:

  • Title
  • Description – Clay body, decorating and firing methods
  • Photographic Credit (if artist, type in ARTIST)
  • Sale Status – For Sale or Not For sale
  • Image #s – Image 1, Image 1 detail = piece 1 w/detail.
  • Image 2, Image 2 detail = piece 2 w detail
  • Retail Price (includes the 50% commission)
  • Dimensions (inches) H x W x D
  • Weight (lbs.)
  • Date of completion
  • Insurance Value (retail minus 50% commission)

Please double check your entry information as no changes will be allowed.

An expert jury panel; Linda Christiansen, Jo-Ann Conklin, and Anders Ruhwald will make selections for the exhibition from submitted digital images. Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition (No substitutions allowed).  Notification emails will be sent by Juried Art Services on or about August 1, 2014.

Artists are responsible to ship and insure accepted works to and from the exhibition venue.

All accepted entries must be sent double boxed in sturdy, re-usable packaging. If packing materials are not acceptable for return shipping, the gallery staff will contact the artist and any purchase of new packing materials will be the responsibility of the artist.

De-install will take place beginning on March 30, 2015 and will be completed by the David Winton Bell Gallery staff. Return shipping will be done through FEDEX, UPS and USART utilizing artists’ established accounts or by hand delivery. Artists will coordinate art pickup with the David Winton Bell Gallery staff.

NCECA will reimburse artists up to $150 for RETURN shipping upon receipt of a Reimbursement form and the ORIGINAL return shipping receipt. Any claims on shipping damage must be reported by the artist to the carrier and/or the David Winton Bell Gallery upon receipt. Artist must retain all original packing materials for inspection by shipper until claim is resolved.

Accepted works will be covered according to Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery policy while on display. In the event of damage, theft or loss, insurer may require evidence of value of similar works sold and limit claims to the amount of the artist’s commission that would result from the sale of his/ her work. In the case of this exhibition, the replacement value of work will be up to 50% of the artist’s declared retail value.

SALES: Works may be offered for sale at the discretion of the artist. Artists must declare a value on all works at the time of submission and these values may not be altered at any subsequent time. David Winton Bell Gallery will refer sales inquiries to NCECA, which will handle sales of artwork from the exhibition; a 50% commission will be retained by NCECA on all sales. Please check the price you entered and make sure it includes the 50% commission. No price changes will be allowed after a work is accepted.

CATALOG: A catalog of the exhibited work will be published. Artists may receive additional requests to provide a print quality professional image of accepted work for use in the catalog and other potential publications.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Participating artists must agree to allow NCECA, Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery 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, catalog production, posting on the NCECA website and sharing with media related publications


Submission Dates: March 15 – July 1, 2014

Acceptance notification: August 1, 2014

Work due: January 9, 2015

Exhibition: January 24 – March 29, 2015

Opening reception: 5:30 – 7:30pm, Friday, January 30, 2015

NCECA Reception: 6-8:30pm, Thursday, March 26, 2015

Conference: March 25 – March 28, 2015

Work returned after: March 31, 2015

Damage claims: Upon Receipt

Shipping reimbursement request by: June 1, 2015

“Awareness of the vastly different ways other people use and treat clay.”
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