CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture
52nd Annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 14 – 17, 2018

EXTENDED DEADLINE – September 25, 2017
At this point the severe weather from Irma has affected the entire southeast and Houston; flooding in Texas, South Carolina and power outages in Georgia. The deadline has been extended to allow ample time for all to complete online submittals.

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

If you have questions about presenting in the Student Interests thread, contact Naomi Clement, NCECA Student Director at Large: ncecasdal@gmail.com

Student Interests – This includes student-led presentations as well as student focused programming sessions proposed and delivered by people who are not currently students.
This programming strand addresses the concerns of students on a wide variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

Criticism in ceramics; career building; professional practices including but not limited to documenting your work; pricing your work, developing a resume, approaching galleries, building a customer base, purposeful social networking, developing a website, or choosing and entering juried shows; post-graduation options in the ceramic field; residencies, post-baccalaureate programs, and apprenticeships; how to choose a graduate program; professional options in the ceramic field; professional development opportunities; developing “green” studio practices.

NCECA reviews and selects programming from proposals submitted from the field as an important component of conference planning. Additionally, 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.

Criteria for the Application Process

Everyone is eligible EXCEPT for those who participated in the program in Portland, OR during NCECA 2017. Participation is generally limited to only one presentation. 

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 CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture 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:

  • Proposer Contact information
  • Resume (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Short Bio (Limit 300 characters with spaces) Include school and level of study if a student.
  • Head shot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)
    If your proposal is accepted the abstract, short bio/s, and headshot/s will be used for website and print publications.
  • Format – 30, 60, or 90 minute lecture, Panel, or Discussion
    (Panels are limited to no more than three panelists plus a moderator)
    (Discussions may include up to one moderator and one additional participant for a total of no more than 5 participants)
  • Co-presenter (if applicable) – to include name, email, short bio and headshot. Include school and level of study if a student. Resume (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Panelists (if applicable) – to include name, email, short bio and headshot for EACH. Include school and level of study if a student. Resume (2 page limit, upload as .doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Proposal Title
  • Proposal Description – a thorough description of what the presentation entails (Limit 2000 characters including spaces)
  • Program Guide Abstract – very brief and thought-provoking (Limit 300 characters including spaces)

Introductions – 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 the name, cell phone, and email. 

A committee including NCECA Student Director at Large and two other board members will review proposals.

Accepted presenters are eligible to receive a complimentary 2017 conference pass provided they are or become NCECA members at the time of acceptance. No other compensation is available for Student Interests presenters.

Presenters must understand that they are providing content as a service to the field. By accepting the invitation to present, presenters’ acknowledge NCECA’s rights to document their presentations and make available for publication presentation and written materials presented during the conference.

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

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 message will be generated through NCECA’s website to let you know that your application has been successfully transmitted and received. Please save this message.

If you do not receive this confirmation message within an hour after the time that you submitted your proposal, please email kate@nceca.net to alert NCECA of a possible problem with your submission.

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