MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory
NCECA’s 54th annual conference
Richmond, Virginia
March 25-28, 2020

NCECA’s 54th annual conference in Richmond will explore ways that ceramic artists are charting new pathways from the complex meanings of our interwoven histories. NCECA is particularly interested in presenting programming that enriches the theme of this conference, MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory. Ceramic art’s diversity of expression and continuous invention generates affinities that extend human imagination. NCECA’s 54th annual conference will explore ways that ceramic artists are charting new pathways from the complex meanings of our interwoven histories.

Clay Conversations Proposal Deadline OCTOBER 9, 2019 (11:59PM EDT) (CLOSED)

What are Clay Conversations?

Clay Conversations are interactive, conversational sessions scheduled to take place on Wednesday (the first day of the annual NCECA conference). The purpose of these sessions is to foster collegiality and communication between conference attendees with shared interests. Rather than formal presentations, these sessions are meant to initiate dialogue early in the conference week and enable those with similar interests to meet up so that they can sustain communication throughout the conference and beyond. All session leaders should be prepared to facilitate highly interactive discussion groups on the topic proposed. The proposer of the session should indicate whether the intention is to make formal introductory remarks or simply share questions for group reflection during the session. Facilitators are encouraged to invite additional questions from participants.

Please use the application if you are interested in convening a group of people to share discussion surrounding a topic you care about. Alternate submission portals exist for those who wish to make formal presentations at the conference. Image presentation technology will not be available during Clay Conversations sessions.

Contact Director at Large Zach Tate zach.nceca@gmail.com if you have questions about leading a Clay Conversations group. NCECA reserves the right to curate and develop programming that strengthens the quality and range of experiences related to the conference theme, sense of place, and other strategic objectives. 

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• Sessions are 1 hour in duration.  Proposed topics for discussion should utilize the time allotted.
• Presenters should create proposals that are not dependent upon technology (i.e. projectors and laptops will NOT be available).
Everyone is eligible for consideration.  Participation is generally limited to only one presentation per conference. 

All proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process (a link to the form is provided below). Proposals related to the Conference theme of MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory will receive preference.

***IMPORTANT***Although the system that supports this submission form does not currently include an active word counter, NCECA asks all applicants to note and adhere to word count limitations that are identified in open fields.

The best way to do this for most applicants will be to compose responses to these open fields first utilizing word-processing software to take advantage of the included word-counting tools.
Once composed, proofed, and checked for word count, you can copy your text from your word processing software into the appropriate fields in the form. Please note that in some instances, special characters copied from word processing platforms may be converted in the form system. For this reason, we caution applicants on the use of special characters where not absolutely necessary.

NCECA reserves the right to exclude applications that disregard word count limits and to edit any and all text submitted for reasons ranging from space allocation to style, fluency of language, and grammatical concerns.

Your ONLINE submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered.
Please prepare BEFORE starting the form. (Only .doc, .docx, or .pdf files will be accepted):

  • Name/contact information will auto-populate once you log in to the NCECA database.
  • Proposal Title
  • Proposal Description (Limit 325 words)
  • Program Guide Abstract (Limit 50 words) 
  • Short Bio (Limit 50 words)
  • Head shot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)
  • If your proposal is accepted the abstract, short bio, and headshot will be used for website and print publications.
  • Identify tags and target all appropriate audiences (list provided on form)
Proposal abstracts will be made available to a committee including at least one NCECA board member for review prior to making.  Make sure your online submittal is complete.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  You will be notified of the committee’s decision by email as soon as possible.  
A 2020 conference registration and NCECA membership for the 2020 calendar year will be provided to applicants whose proposals are approved for inclusion in the program. NCECA reserves the right to limit facilitation to one – two individuals per session. All facilitators must be identified in the proposal.


If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact kate@nceca.net or candice@nceca.net