The MemberSuite association management system that NCECA relies on for many of its online calls for entry is experiencing server disruptions that are causing problems with submissions. All calls with a deadline originally set for Wednesday, October 14, 2020 are being adversely impacted. Because of this, NCECA has determined to extend the deadline one full week to Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Applications and all Essays of Support must be submitted by October 21, 2020 (11:59PM EDT)

Please submit in a timely fashion to provide enough time for Recommenders to email the Confidential Essay of Support also by October 21, 2020 (11:59pm EDT)

Contact Simon Levin, NCECA Director at Large, simon.nceca@gmail.com  for questions about the Emerging Artists Fellowship program.
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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 during NCECA’s Annual Conference. Curator Louise Allison Cort and artist Brendan Tang 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 make presentations during the 2021 NCECA conference. 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.” 

Louise Allison Cort is curator emerita for ceramics at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Her main research interests are historical and present-day ceramic production in Japan, India, and Mainland Southeast Asia. She is author of Shigaraki, Potters’ Valley (1979, 2001) and Temple Potters of Puri (2012). Her most recent publication, with Meghen Jones, is the edited volume Ceramics and Modernity in Japan (2019). 

Brendan Lee Satish Tang (B: 1975, Dublin Ireland; lives/works: Unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations) is a visual artist who is widely known for his sculptural ceramic work. He received an MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and he is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, both nationally and internationally. 

Tang’s work explores issues of identity and the hybridization of our material and non-material culture while simultaneously expressing a love of both futuristic technologies and ancient traditions Although he is primarily known for his ceramic work, Tang continues to produce and exhibit work in a wide variety of mixed and multiple mediums. 

A recipient of the 2016 Biennale Internationale de Vallauris Contemporary Ceramic Award, France, shortlisted for the Sobey Art Prize, and a finalist in the Loewe Foundation’s International Craft Prize, Madrid, Spain. Tang’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC, the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, the Musée National Des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Quebec City, QC, the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, QC, the Boston Art Museum, Boston, MA, the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, the Foundation d’Entreprise Bernardaud, Limoges, France, among many others. Tang’s professional practice has taken him across North America and to India, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, China, and Japan.

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 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 or support@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. PLEASE NOTE: You may only save a DRAFT once.
If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact
kate@nceca.net AND support@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. PLEASE NOTE: You may only save a DRAFT once. Extended time in the form may cause the form to time out and the system to log you out. Your online submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered: (Only .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdx or .jpg files will be accepted as indicated below):

  • Name/contact information will auto-populate once you log in 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)
  • Headshot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 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 – 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 description – (Limit of 50 words) If your proposal is accepted, this will be included in the Conference Program Guide (Limit of 50 words)
    _____ 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.
    ______ will speak about his work. Digital decal heavy, slab built ceramics dealing with intimacy within online/virtual geographies and related animation and installation work from his recent solo show Recreation (First Person), will be presented.
  • 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:                                                        
    • Image Title                                                    
    • Relevance to presentation – (Limit of 50 words)     
    • Brief Image description – to include Artist name, title, date of piece, type of clay, firing method, dimensions (H x W x D), photo credit if applicable. (Limit of 50 words)
  • Essays of Support:
    Applicants are also required to provide two essays of support from figures in the field who are familiar with their work and drive to create. Letters should provide the selection committee with a sense of confirmation of the candidates’ seriousness of commitment and potential for continued development.
  •  Recommenders’ information:
    Include: Name, best phone, email, and relation to applicant. 
  • All Essays of Support are to be submitted confidentially by the Recommender to recommendations@nceca.net  Be proactive and do not wait until the deadline is about to expire. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the two questions below early enough to enable Recommenders to complete and email responses prior to the October 21, 2020 (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 are due no later than the October 21, 2020 (11:59pm EDT) deadline to recommendations@nceca.net
    • 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 a candidate for the Emerging Artists Fellowship? (Suggested limit of 450 words)

    • Document may be attached as .doc, .docx, or .pdf ONLY
    • Confidential email subject line to be formatted as 
      Applicant Last name_First name_2021 EA 

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NCECA’s 2021 Emerging Artists Fellowship selection committee chaired by NCECA Director at Large Simon Levin, includes curator Louise Allison Cort and visual artist Brendan Tang.  The committee will select six (6) Emerging Artists. Selected artists will receive a monetary award, complimentary registration for NCECA’s 55th 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 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 55th 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 2021 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 be considered conference presenters and will therefore be ineligible for a presenter role or honorarium in the year following the fellowship.

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, 2021, so that comments can be incorporated into an annual report.


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Online Submittal and Essays of Support deadline October 21, 2020 11:59pm (EDT)
Journal copy and Program Guide copy due by date to be included in NCECA agreement.
2021 Conference dates hosted by Cincinnati, OH: March 17-20, 2021
Reflective statement due to josh@nceca.net : August 30, 2021