MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness, and Memory

54th Annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Richmond, Virginia March 25-28, 2020

Deadline MAY 15, 2019 (11:59PM EDT) – CLOSED

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If you have questions about demonstrating, please contact Mary Cloonan mkcloonan.nceca@gmail.com and Dori Nielsen dori@nceca.net

NCECA seeks proposals for demonstrating artists for the 54th Annual Conference, MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness, and Memory, which takes place in Richmond, Virginia March 25-28, 2020. A region steeped in history and engaged with reinvention, the arts, teaching and learning are at the heart of Richmond, Virginia’s vision for innovation. The primary material of ceramic art, clay, connects our human experience from our local communities to distant places, and times long past. Clay’s receptivity to human touch carries the hands of distant and past makers into the here and now. Ceramic art’s diversity of expression and continuous invention generate affinities that extend the 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.

The array of programming, exhibitions, and experiences for NCECA’s 2020 conference will build on the field’s interpretations of MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness, and Memory. NCECA’s board and advisors may also reach beyond the fields of ceramic art and education to curate additional thought provoking perspectives that encourage us to imagine the future of our field in new ways. Through its programming, NCECA hopes to welcome the experiences of artists of under-represented backgrounds, while celebrating, and challenging accepted understandings of ceramic art’s impact as aesthetic experience, self-realization, and social transformation. NCECA’s Board will identify demonstrating artists to be featured during the conference. NCECA reserves the right to curate the demonstrating artists program. 

Mid- to late-care

Mid- to late-career artists whose work has been widely exhibited.

There are typically four demonstrators at each conference with two potters and two sculptors. 

As a conference demonstrator your commitment to NCECA is as follows:
• A three-hour session on both Thursday and Friday
• Arrival on Wednesday, March 25 for image verification and a demonstrator video interview
• A looping slide presentation (PowerPoint or Keynote) that will be shown simultaneously with your demonstration

All proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process. A link to the form is provided below. Please read the information below to prepare BEFORE starting your online submittal. Your online submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered. (Only .doc, .docx, .JPEG or .PDF files will be accepted)

Resume – (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
Short Bio – (Limit 50 words)
Head shot – (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)
Artist statement – (Limit 250 words)
Demonstration Description-Plan/Concept – Include special equipment or assistance needed (Limit 300 words) Equipment typically available for demonstrating artists has included potter’s wheel, tables, extruder, banding wheel and simple tools. Other kinds of specialized equipment required should be clearly identified in the proposal. Please note: Open flames, paints and solvents are not typically permitted in facilities where NCECA stages its annual conferences.
Program Guide description – (Limit 50 words. If your proposal is accepted, this will be printed in the Program Guide)

Images – Up to 10 images (Only images that directly reference the actual proposal)

(.jpg ONLY. Each image no larger than 800 KB) (Image Submission Guidelines)

• Image Title
• Relevance to presentation – (Limit 300 characters including spaces)
• Brief Image description – (Limit 300 characters including spaces)
(include Artist name, type of clay, firing, date of piece, dimensions (H x W x D)

Abstracts, images and support materials will be made available to NCECA Board Members for review prior to making selections at the June Board meeting.  Make sure your online submittal is complete.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  NCECA will notify you of the Board’s decision by email as soon as possible after the Board meeting. If you have questions, please email: Mary Cloonan mkcloonan.nceca@gmail.com and Dori Nielsen dori@nceca.net  
Demonstrating Artists will receive an honorarium, conference registration (2020) and a one-year membership to NCECA (2020).  NCECA will reimburse a total not to exceed $500.00 associated with travel to the conference center. Lodging at the single rate in one of NCECA’s 2020 contracted conference hotels may also be provided to selected artists. Reimbursements require submission of original receipts to NCECA.

If chosen to present, your commitment to NCECA will be:

• Meeting all deadlines as outlined by your signed agreement, which include the following:

• Written and visual documentation to publish in the NCECA Journal and other promotions. 

• A PowerPoint presentation (If images are not appropriate, please make note of it in your proposal) 

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