2020 Lectures, Co-Lectures, Panels, and Discussions – CLOSED

Lectures, Co-Lectures, Panels, and Discussions

MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness, and Memory

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

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

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NCECA seeks proposals for Programming proposals 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. 

Demonstrating Artists – Click HERE for details
Projects Space – Click HERE for details 

What are the sources of inspiration that influence and impact our work today?

How are we making clay vital to learning in classrooms, museums, and community settings?

How are our ideas about and practices of making changing?

How are we learning from to the interplay of cultures in the contemporary world? 

What is at stake as cultural legacies shift and adapt to the present and unknown future?

How can we deepen appreciation and expand engagement with individuals and communities? 

NCECA seeks programming proposals that resonate with these questions and others related to its 54th annual conference. Traditions and innovations coexist throughout the history of ceramic art. Let’s gather to share our ideas and research about our creative work with clay in the 21st century. Clay is a medium steeped in history, process, and divergent approaches. When we come together to grapple with change, new models of creating, teaching, and learning, we have the capacity to crystalize knowledge and share diverse understandings of community.

NCECA’s board of directors is made up of ceramic enthusiasts: educators, students, makers, businesspersons, and culture workers. They will read proposals individually and consider them collectively to make selections for the conference program. What do we want to see in a proposal? A successful proposal will clearly demonstrate that…

… the topic to be presented is well-thought through;

    … each presenter will share her/his knowledge and experience with her/his topic in ways that are    informed, fresh, and unique;

… thought provoking, divergent, or under-explored perspectives are being explored;

… information is relevant to the conference theme;

… the information to be presented is relevant to concerns in the field today;

… different interests and audiences in the conference community are represented in the program.

NCECA reserves the right to curate and develop programming that strengthens the quality and range of experiences related to the conference theme, sense of place, and other strategic objectives. Proposals for conference presentations should correspond with one of the following program strands. You will also be asked to identify tags and target all appropriate audiences (list included on the form) in your submission:

Career Paths – Professional practices, business knowledge, and skills (planning, marketing, and networking) Presentations may run from 30-90 minutes.

Clay Discourse – Presentations on critical thinking, language and judgement, examining how we consider controversial issues in works of ceramic art. How do we analyze meaning, discern qualities, think about and evaluate works of art? What are the philosophical underpinnings pertaining to works of art and the creative process with clay? Presentations may run from 30-90 minutes.

Histories and Contexts – Presentations that shed new insights on ceramic traditions and/or expand awareness of clay work by peoples working at different periods. How did the environment and events taking place in different locales and eras impact the work that took place there? How was it influenced by neighboring or distant cultures? Presentations may run from 30-90 minutes.

Learning Modalities
– Presentations that involve innovations and or research in pedagogy, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. These presentations can be geared towards the interests K-12, community education, museums, higher education, apprenticeship, practicum, or other forms of formal and informal education. Presentations may run from 30-90 minutes.

Makers’ Space – Hands- and minds-on presentations that share specific techniques, tools, and processes used in creating ceramic art, whether using traditional methods or new technologies. During recent conferences, these presentations have taken place in Process Room and Clay Fab Lab. This room is a live feed of the presenter’s demonstration on stage and does not have the capacity to show a slideshow of images or additional videos. Presentations may run from 30-60 minutes. 

Materials and Technology – Clay nerds delight! Presentations on clay, glazes, firings, tools, etc. that inform understandings of the complex events that can occur through ceramic production. This is the place where the scientific and creative processes collide. Share the hard learned lessons you have earned through research, trial, error, and serendipity. Presentations may run from 30-90 minutes.

Social and Sustainable Impacts– Presentations on collaboration, community, and processes that offer new insights into how clay can be incorporated in programs and contexts that bring people together (alternative frameworks for creative production, creative encounters with clay in unanticipated places, working models that demonstrate relational and environmental concerns).

Presentations may run from 30-90 minutes.

Please read the information below carefully to prepare for your Submittal. 

Everyone is eligible to submit a proposal. Participation is generally limited to only one presentation per conference. 

Lectures/Co-Lectures of 30 minutes and 60 minutes. Ideal for presenting specific information and ideas.

Panels of 90 minutes – Limited to one moderator and no more than 3 additional presenters. Panelists are permitted to make brief individual presentations before the moderator convenes the group on the topic. Suitable for investigating topics that are best informed by varied perspectives.

Discussions of 60 and 90 minutes – May include up to one moderator and one additional participant for a total of no more than 5 participants. Discussions may not include individualized slide presentations although visuals may continually cycle during the conversation. The moderator will introduce the topic and pose questions of the commentators as well as invite questions and comments from the audience.

All proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process (a link to the form is provided below). Proposals related to the Conference theme of MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness, and Memory will receive preference. Your ONLINE submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered. (Only .doc, .docx, .JPEG or .PDF files will be accepted) Please prepare BEFORE starting the form:

For all presenters/panelist/moderators (We must have the following from everyone participating and/or proposing a lecture, co-lecture, panel or discussion): 

• Names

• Address

• Phone number (cell preferred)

• Email address (preferred method of contact)

• Resume (2-page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)

• Short Bio (Limit 50 words)

• Headshot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)

90-Minute Panelist/Moderators and 60 and 90 Minute Discussions
(Panels are limited to 1 moderator and no more than 3 additional panelists for a total of 4 presenters.)

(Discussions may include up to one moderator and one additional presenter for a total of no more than 5 presenters)

• Panel title – Limit 6 words

• Proposal description – Limit 300 words 

• Resume (2-page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)

• Program Guide description – (Limit 50 words) If your proposal is accepted, this will be printed in the Program Guide

• Images representative of the presentation’s focus (up to 10 images total). (.jpg ONLY. 

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

Lastly, please only include images that will strengthen the proposal. If your presentation/panel is not something that can be documented with imagery, (only images that directly reference the actual proposal), please disregard this requirement.

 Image details to include:

• Image Title
• Relevance to presentation – (Limit 50 words)
• Brief Image description – (Limit 50 words) To include Artist name, type of clay, firing, date of piece, dimensions (H x W x D)

30 and 60-Minute Lectures and 60-Minute Co-Lectures
(Co-lectures – two individuals presenting different aspects of the same topic)

• Lecture title – Limit 6 words
• Proposal description – Limit 300 words
• Resume (2-page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
• Program Guide description – (Limit 50 words) If your proposal is accepted, this will be printed in the Program Guide

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 

Proposal 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, as 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 

Panelists, moderators and lecturers will receive a 2020 conference registration and NCECA membership for the 2020 calendar year.  The Board is committed to providing a monetary honorarium, the amount of which will be determined when the 2019-2020 budget is finalized.

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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