MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory
NCECA’s 54th annual conference – March 25-28, 2020
Richmond, Virginia

NCECA’s 54th annual conference in Richmond will explore ways that ceramic artists are charting new pathways from the complex meanings of our interwoven histories. NCECA is particularly interested in presenting programming that enriches the theme of this conference, MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory. Ceramic art’s diversity of expression and continuous invention generates affinities that extend 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.


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

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Short Form is an opportunity for fast-paced presentations during NCECA’s annual conference. NCECA particularly encourages international participants and those exploring new and still developing projects to share their research and work through a Short Form presentation. During past conferences, presentations like this have taken place in spaces dedicated to International Slide Forum and blinc 20/20. Short Form presentations may run from 7-20 minutes. If you have questions about Short From proposals, please email: mkcloonan.nceca@gmail.com

NCECA seeks Short Form proposals that resonate with the theme of the 2020 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. Steeped in history, process, and divergent approaches, when we come together to grapple with change, new models of creating, teaching, and learning, can emerge from our diverse perspectives, experiences and communities.

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.

All are eligible to submit a Short Form presentation proposal. NCECA members whose proposals are selected and meet all deadlines related to making a conference presentation will be eligible to receive complimentary registration for the conference. Participation is limited to one presentation per conference. 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 Member Profile to confirm your membership expiration date. To renew or become a member of NCECA, go to: www.nceca.net/membership/

Late applications will not be considered.

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 to take advantage of the included word-counting tools.

Once composed, proofed, and checked for word count, 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 .jpg for images will be accepted):

  • Name/contact information will auto-populate once you access the form in the NCECA database.
  • Brief description of the presentation (Limit 50 words)
  • Presentation title (Limit 10 words) – If selected this will be printed in the Conference Program Guide.
  • EXACTLY five (5) images that you want to share (upload as jpg only, each image no larger than 800 KB. Image details to include:
            • Image Title
            • Relevance to presentation – (Limit 50 words)
            • Brief Image description – (Limit 50 words – to include Artist name, title, type of clay, firing, date of piece, photo credit if applicable.)
  • Identify tags and target all appropriate audiences (list provided on form)
Proposal abstracts will be made available to a committee including at least one NCECA board member for review prior to making selections.  Make sure your online submittal is complete.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  You will be notified of the committee’s decision by email as selection are made. 
Current NCECA members whose proposals are selected for presentation, are eligible to receive a complimentary conference registration for the 2020 conference. Beyond this and the platform to share your work and ideas, additional benefits are not provided to Short Form presenters.

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