2019 NCECA EMERGING ARTISTS 

 

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

Deadline: October 3, 2018 (11:59PM EDT) – CLOSED

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Contact Julia Galloway, NCECA Director at Large, gallowaynceca@gmail.com for questions about the Emerging Artists program and exhibition.

Claytopia is the organizing theme of NCECA’s 2019 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 to produce an array of exhibitions and experiences that build on, respond to, celebrate, and push against ceramic art’s diverse legacies. Together, we will expand critical discourse on teaching, learning, aesthetics, social impacts, design thinking, and artistic production.

NCECA’s Emerging Artists program recognizes exceptional early career artists highlighting them to an international audience during NCECA’s Annual Conference and promoting them year round through blog.nceca.net. The awards include opportunities for increased exposure through exhibition 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 awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the award is to recognize, cultivate and amplify vital, new voices of creative endeavor in ceramics. The award 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 award will impact the trajectory of their endeavors. The review committee, at their discretion, may eliminate candidates that are considered to be beyond “emerging.” Applicants are required to provide essays of support from two figures in the field who are familiar with the applicant’s work and their drive to create. The essays of support should provide the selection committee with a sense of the candidates’ seriousness of commitment and potential for continued development.

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

Membership in NCECA is paid on an annual basis and is not included in conference 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 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. A link to the form is provided below.

***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 BEFORE starting the online submission process. 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 login to the NCECA database.
  • 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)
  • Head shot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)
  • Artist Statement – Describe your work, work process, and artistic goals. (Limit of 250 words)
  • Emerging Statement – Articulate why you believe you are at an “emerging” point in your career, and how this award will benefit your studio practice. (Limit of 300 words)
  • Program Guide abstract – (Limit of 50 words)
    If your proposal is accepted the abstract, short bio, and headshot will be used for website and print publications.

Images – EXACTLY 10 images (Only images that directly reference the actual proposal) Note: jurors 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 Submission Guidelines)

Image details to include:
• Image Title
• Image Date (Year)
• Relevance to presentation – (Limit of 50 words)
• Brief Image description – to include Artist name, type of clay, firing, date of piece, dimensions (H x W x D), photo credit if applicable. (Limit of 50 words)
Recommenders’ information to include:
Name, best phone, email, and relation to applicant.
 Applicants are required to provide essays of support from two figures in the field who are familiar with their work and drive to create and should provide the selection committee with a sense of the candidates’ seriousness of commitment and potential for continued development.

******All Essays of Recommendation are to be submitted confidentially by the Recommender to emergingartists@nceca.net. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the two questions below to the Recommenders allowing enough time for them to complete and email the answers no later than the October 3, 2018 (11:59PM EDT) deadline.

***For ease of communication with your recommenders, please copy and send these instructions to your recommenders.

Email responses to the questions below no later than the October 3, 2018 (11:59PM EDT) deadline to emergingartists@nceca.net 


Confidential email subject line is to be formatted as Applicant Last name_First name_2019 EA, and the document may be attached as .doc, .docx, or pdf ONLY.

***Recommender document to include:
Recommender name, best phone, email, and relation to applicant.

Question 1: Please provide the jurors with a sense of the candidates’ seriousness of commitment and potential for continued development (Suggested limit of 450 words)

Question 2: How does this artist offer new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry? What qualifies them to be candidates for the Emerging Artist awards? (Suggested limit of 450 words)

NCECA’s 2019 Emerging Artists selection committee will consist of Eddie Dominguez, Linda Sikora, and Julia Galloway as NCECA Directors at Large. The committee will select six (6) Emerging Artists. Selected artists will receive a monetary award, complimentary registration for NCECA’s 53rd Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN (March 27-30, 2019), and an additional year’s NCECA membership. 

Applications will be due October 3, 2018 (11:59PM EDT) and applicants will be notified as soon as selections have been made.

A formal agreement outlining terms and conditions associated with this honor will be sent to the selected artists soon after jurying is completed. Failure to fulfill any of the terms and/or requirements may result in the negation of the award.

The selected artists will be required to attend the 53rd Annual NCECA Conference, participate in special “meet and greet” events with collectors, present gallery talks, serve on a NCECA Clay Discussions panel session, prepare remarks, and make presentations (approximately 10 minutes in duration) during NCECA’s 53rd Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN (March 27-30, 2019) at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Artists selected as 2019 Emerging Artists are required to provide a written summary of their presentation for the NCECA Annual Conference for publication in the NCECA Journal by December 17, 2018. This summary must be accompanied by five (5) 300 dpi images appropriate for print publication. Also required by this date is a 50-word abstract of this submission to be included in the 2019 NCECA Conference Program Guide.  

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 program and may be posted on NCECA’s website and contributed to a new NCECA image community being developed in cooperation with AccessCeramics. Emerging Artists will be considered conference presenters and will therefore be ineligible for a presenter role or honorarium in the year following the award.

Emerging Artists will also be eligible for a shipping reimbursement to transport work for a featured exhibition at the conference center from March 26-29, 2019. Artists are required to help install/de-install their work, be present periodically during the course of the Emerging Artists Exhibition.  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. 

NCECA requires each award recipient to provide a reflection on the impact of their award on the development of their work, life, and career. This statement must be sent to josh@nceca.net by August 30, 2019 so that comments can be incorporated into an annual report.

NCECA invites awarded Emerging Artists to provide blog posts to NCECA throughout the year of the award. These posts may link to the artists’ own websites or blogs. 

CALENDAR:

Online Submittal deadline: October 3, 2018 (11:59PM EDT)

Acceptance notification:  mid-November 2018
Journal copy and Program Guide copy due by: December 17, 2018
Exhibition Inventory sheet due by: February 1, 2019
Conference dates: March 27-30, 2019
Emerging Artists Exhibition dates: March 26-29, 2019
Shipping Reimbursement request deadline: May 1, 2019
Reflective statement due to josh@nceca.net : August 30, 2019

*Please note…you should SAVE to your computer all text, upload documents, images, and image details BEFORE starting to enter anything into the form, as the form will time-out after a period of time and will not retain uploads or entered text.

NCECA recommends using Google Chrome or Firefox when using forms on this site. Some forms do not respond well to Internet Explorer or Safari.

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