Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, November 17, 2021, (11:59pm EDT) – CLOSED
Recommenders’ responses extended to Monday, November 29, 2021, (5pm Mountain)

Contact Simon Levin, NCECA Director at Large at simon.nceca@gmail.com for questions about the Emerging Artists Fellowship program.
For technical support contact BOTH kate@nceca.net AND support@nceca.net

NCECA’s Emerging Artists Fellowship program seeks to identify under-recognized artists doing extraordinary work in ceramic art and highlight them to an international audience. Artist Roberto Lugo (2015 NCECA Emerging Artist) and curator Anya Montiel will join NCECA Director at Large Simon Levin as the panel to select Emerging Artists through a review of statements, images, and support documents submitted for consideration. Emerging Artists will receive a $3,300 honorarium, provide articles to be published in the NCECA Journal, exhibit their work, guest-host the NCECA Instagram page, and present during the 2022 NCECA conference, Fertile Ground, which takes place March 16-19 in Sacramento, California. Additional opportunities for promotion may occur through NCECA’s blog and other special programming. Exposure during the conference also includes participation in informal talks and special events.

NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist Fellowship. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for their work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the fellowship is to recognize, cultivate, and amplify vital new voices of creative endeavor in ceramics, as well as to forge a longstanding relationship between NCECA and the community of recipients. The fellowship enables these artists to reach broader national and international audiences and impact discourse in the field.

Because the concept of emergence in the arts does not invariably correlate with a specific age, or other quantifiable terms, NCECA requires applicants to briefly describe why they perceive themselves to be at an emergent point in their careers and how they anticipate the fellowship will impact the trajectory of their endeavors. The review committee, at their discretion, may eliminate candidates that are considered to be beyond “emerging.”

Roberto Lugo is a Philadelphia-based artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator. Lugo utilizes classical pottery forms in conjunction with portraiture and surface design reminiscent of his North Philadelphia upbringing and Hip Hop culture to highlight themes of poverty, inequality, and racial injustice. Lugo’s works are multicultural mash-ups; traditional European and Asian ceramic techniques reimagined with a 21st-century street sensibility. Their hand-painted surfaces feature classic decorative patterns and motifs combined with elements of modern urban graffiti and portraits of individuals whose faces are historically absent on this type of luxury item—people like Sojourner Truth, Dr. Cornel West, and The Notorious BIG, as well as Lugo’s family members and, very often, himself. Lugo holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, among others. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2019 Pew Fellowship, a Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize, and a US Artist Award. His work is found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Brooklyn Museum, Walters Art Museum, and more. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anya Montiel, PhD is a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Previously she was Curator of American and Native American Women’s Art and Craft, a joint position between the Renwick Gallery and the National Museum of the American Indian and funded by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Anya also served as Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona, teaching courses in Native American art, global arts and crafts, Indigenous feminisms, and museum studies. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees in American Studies from Yale University where she researched the intersections of Native American art, global arts and crafts, and material culture. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in Native American Studies and Anthropology from the University of California at Davis. She has written for American Indian magazine, Art in AmericaFirst American Art MagazineJournal of Modern Craft, and the Oxford Handbook of American Indian History as well as exhibition essays for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Heard Museum, and the Hood Museum of Art.

Applications are welcomed from artists working with ceramic materials/processes as a significant component of their work.  A current NCECA Membership, at the time of application, is required to be eligible to apply for NCECA’s Emerging Artists Fellowship. Applicants may not be students.

Membership in NCECA is paid on an annual basis, is a standalone fee, and is not included in any event registration. NCECA membership runs 12 months from the date of joining or renewal. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please LOGIN to your NCECA Profile which contains your membership expiration date or contact BOTH support@nceca.net AND kate@nceca.net
To renew or become a member of NCECA, go to: www.nceca.net/membership/ 

All proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process. 

If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact BOTH support@nceca.net AND kate@nceca.net

***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 the word-processing software on your computer or device and take advantage of the included word-counting tools. Once composed, proofed, and counted, you can copy your text from your local 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.

Applicants are strongly advised to prepare the following AND save a copy to your computer BEFORE starting the online submission process. Extended time in the form may cause the form to time out and the system to log you out. You can save a DRAFT then continue to edit/complete the form.

Your online submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered: (ONLY .doc, .docx, .pdf files will be accepted):

●        Name/contact information will auto-populate once you log in to the NCECA database and access the form.
●        Website (or indicate none)
●        Resume (2-page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB) Emphasize pertinent professional experience; exhibitions, teaching, residencies, collection, publications.
●        Short Bio (Limit of 50 words)
●        Headshot (upload as jpg, 300dpi 2”x3”). If your proposal is accepted the short bio, headshot, images of artwork, and Program Guide description may be used for website and other publications.
●        Artist Statement – Describe your work, work process, and artistic goals. (Limit of 250 words)
●        Emerging Statement –  (Limit of 300 words) Articulate why you believe you are at an “emerging” point in your career, and how this award will benefit your studio practice.
●        Program Guide description – (Limit of 50 words) If your proposal is accepted, this will be included in the Conference Program Guide. Example: “_____ is interested in using ancient processes in a contemporary context. By combining clay, bronze, wood and found objects, he makes mixed media sculptures that push against the limits of material hierarchies. Working intuitively, ____ creates order and meaning from the fluid nature of the creative thought process”
●        Images – EXACTLY 10 images (Only images that directly reference the actual proposal) Note: Panelists will review these images as well as your website or social media related to your artwork. (jpg ONLY. Each image no larger than 800 KB) Image details to include:
●        Relevance to application – (Limit of 50 words)
●        Brief Image description (Limit 50 word) to include Artist name, title, year completed, type of clay, firing method, dimensions (H x W x D), photo credit if applicable.

●        Two Recommenders’ information to include: Name, best phone, and email.
One recommender should be a former Instructor or Mentor and one should be another individual who knows you and your work well.
●        To complete your application, NCECA must receive your two recommendations by November 24, 2021 (11:59 PM  Eastern time.) Your recommenders will be sent a link to an online form through Survey Monkey that will require them to respond to prompts that are relevant to assessing candidates for this opportunity. Please inform your recommenders of this deadline in advance, and let them know that you have provided their name and contact information to NCECA. Please remind your recommenders to be on alert for receipt of an email invitation message from SurveyMonkey.com and to complete their recommendations by November 24, 2021 (11:59PM Eastern time.)
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Applicants are not permitted to prepare the responses. Responses must be provided by the recommenders in their own words. In order to provide early alert to recommenders as to requirements of the survey, applicants may make use of the following sample email message:

Dear ____________,
I have provided your name and contact information to NCECA as a recommender for my NCECA Fellowship application. Please be on alert for an email invitation from Survey Monkey.com with a link to an online form that will require responses to the prompts/questions that are relevant to assessing candidates for this opportunity.

The following prompts/questions are to be completed and submitted via Survey Monkey by November 24, 2021 (11:59PM Eastern) Text may be cut/pasted from another document into the Survey Monkey form. The form may be started then returned to for editing as long as responses have been saved. Please note all questions require a response.

  1. Recommender contact details to include: Recommender name, email, phone number.
  2. First and last name of the fellowship candidate you are recommending.
  3. How you know the applicant and over what period of time.
  4. How the individual or collaborative applying for this fellowship presents a unique artistic vision, takes an innovative approach, and/or provides fresh interpretations of our world through their work with clay.
  5. Discuss the artist’s potential to make a significant contribution to their field or the creative/cultural Ecosystem.
  6. How does the applicant represent the diversity of the larger creative landscape which might include: genre, style or aesthetic, career stage, culture, geography, ethnicity, gender, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, gender identity, religion, age, urban or rural, etc.
  7. Those named as NCECA Emerging Artists will be required to present their work in various contexts during NCECA conferences and through social media platforms. Please tell us about qualities and capacities that you believe this candidate will share in connecting with others about their work.
    Thank you,

NCECA’s 2022 Emerging Artists Fellowship selection committee chaired by NCECA Director at Large Simon Levin, includes Anya Montiel and Roberto Lugo. The committee will select six (6) Emerging Artists. Selected artists will receive a monetary award, complimentary registration for NCECA’s 56th Annual Conference, and an additional year of NCECA membership. Applicants will be notified as soon as selections have been made.

Those selected for this Fellowship will receive a monetary honorarium in return for completing all responsibilities associated with the award. A detailed agreement including terms, conditions, and deadlines associated with this honor will be sent to the selected artists following completion of the identification process. Failure to meet deadlines and requirements may result in withholding of the award and its benefits.

Emerging Artists will be required to participate in the 56th Annual NCECA conference, including individual and collective artist talks to be scheduled within the program. Artists selected for the fellowship may also participate in a live or virtual exhibition to be developed with support from NCECA. Artists selected as 2022 Emerging Artists must provide a written summary of their presentation for the NCECA Annual Conference for publication in the NCECA Journal (specific date to be provided). This summary must be accompanied by five (5) 300 dpi images appropriate for print publication. Selected artists’ images and application materials will be retained by NCECA and will be held in the NCECA archives. Images may be used to promote NCECA’s Emerging Artists Fellowship program and may be posted on NCECA’s website.

Emerging Artists will also be required to participate in individual interviews to be posted to blog.nceca.net and possibly be disseminated via other blogs, websites, and online social media platforms. NCECA invites awarded Emerging Artists to provide additional blog posts to NCECA throughout the year of the award. These posts may link to the artists’ own websites or blogs.

NCECA requires each fellowship recipient to provide a written reflection on the impact of their award to the development of their work, life, and career. This statement must be sent to josh@nceca.net by August 31, 2022, so that comments can be incorporated into an annual report.

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Thank you – After you complete your online submission form for this opportunity, please hit SUBMIT only one time. The form data could take several minutes to submit particularly with multiple images. A confirmation email will be generated through NCECA’s database to let you know that your application has been successfully transmitted and received. Please save the confirmation email. If you do not receive this confirmation message within an hour after the time that you submitted your proposal, please email BOTH kate@nceca.net AND support@nceca.net

Applicant online submittal: November 17, 2021 11:59pm (Eastern time)
Recommenders to submit through Survey Monkey: November 24, 2021 11:59pm (Eastern time)
Journal copy and Program Guide copy: due by date to be included in NCECA agreement.
2022 Conference dates hosted by Sacramento, CA: March 16-19, 2022
Reflective statement due: Email to josh@nceca.net by August 31, 2022