53rd Annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota March 27-30, 2019

Deadline MAY 16, 2018 (11:59PM EDT)

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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 53rd Annual Conference, Claytopia, which takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 27-30, 2019. The great Irish poet, playwright, and author Oscar Wilde wrote, “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.”

Claytopia is an invented word that builds on Wilde’s concept of the human imagination as a vehicle of restless yearning for a more livable, just, and meaningful world. Since the 1960s, the Twin Cities region has played a pivotal role in shaping a renaissance in studio pottery and craft as cultural forces. Adaptation of Mingei-inspired ideals within the American heartland drove a vision of artfulness in daily life. Claytopia, will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators, and students in sharing knowledge, practices, and programs through which the power of the imagination strives to realize and expand human potential.

The array of programming, exhibitions, and experiences for NCECA’s 2019 conference will build on the field’s interpretations of Claytopia. 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.

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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 27 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 300 characters including spaces)
Head shot – (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)
Artist statement – (Limit 1500 characters including spaces)
Demonstration Description-Plan/Concept – Include special equipment or assistance needed  (Limit 1800 characters including spaces) 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 300 characters including spaces. 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)

Introductions – Is there a special mentor, colleague or friend who attends the conference that you would like to recommend to provide an introduction to your presentation? (NCECA reserves the right to assign individuals to introduce presentations when this field is left blank or the recommended person is unavailable.) Please provide his/her Name, Cell phone, Email 

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 or Dori Nielsen dori@nceca.net  

Demonstrating Artists will receive an honorarium, conference registration (2019) and a one-year membership to NCECA (2019).  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 2019 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