NCECA and Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities 2011 regional Exhibition

“Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence” CALL for Submissions

NCECA and The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will host the Regional Exhibition: 2011 “Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence” from September 15 – November 13, 2011.

NCECA and the Arvada Center are organizing a blended invitational and competitive ceramic exhibition for artists from the geographic region west of the Mississippi River. This format brings established reputations and emerging talent to bear on the selected theme and adds vitality and fresh perspectives to an ongoing dialogue.

The exhibition is curated and organized by NCECA Exhibitions Director, Linda Ganstrom, the Arvada Center’s Ceramics Program Coordinator, Bebe Alexander, and the Arvada Center’s Gallery/Museum Exhibition Designer, Collin Parson.


“Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence” will showcase the contributions of ceramic innovators, who through their authenticity and originality blazed frontiers and powerfully impacted the ceramics field. Work by established artists will be displayed alongside artists whose promising new work continues to push the boundaries of ceramic art impacting the future of our field.


This exhibition is open to any artist from the geographic region west of the Mississippi River whose works incorporate primarily ceramic materials and processes. NCECA Members pay a discounted submission fee. If you are not sure whether you have a current membership in NCECA contact:

Media & Limitations

All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only if ceramic materials are the primary media. Video featuring clay or ceramics will be juried if a link is provided in the description field of the entry or a hard copy DVD is sent to the NCECA Office. The curators will make final determinations. Work must fit through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable. Wall-mounted pieces are limited to 20 lbs per section. Works may be hung from the ceiling. Work must have been produced within the last five years and not have been shown in previous NCECA exhibitions.


Detailed information and Online Submittal form: Available Jan. 10, 2011
Online Submittal deadline: June 15, 2011 (midnight EST)
Acceptance notification: After July 15, 2011
Contracts and Statements due: August 15, 2011
Delivery of accepted work: August 21 – September 1, 2011
Installation: September 1, 2011
Exhibition dates: September 15 – November 13, 2011
Return of work: After November 15, 2011

Shipping – Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the Arvada Center and insuring it while in transit. Works may be shipped or hand delivered to the Center. Works should be shipped in reusable containers with photographic documentation for re-packing. NCECA and the Arvada Center will reimburse artists up to $75 for return shipping after the artist sends in an ORIGINAL receipt and reimbursement form to the NCECA Office. All exhibiting artist will receive a copy of the catalog after the exhibition ends.

Accepted work will be shipped to:
Attention: “Uncommon Ground”
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003

Insurance and Sales – The Arvada Center will insure all work upon its arrival and until departure under its fine arts policy for the amounts specified by the insurance value listed on the checklist and up to the limits of the Arvada Center’s current insurance policy.

Work may be for sale. The Arvada Center will conduct all sales through their sales gallery. A 40% commission on sales will be split between NCECA and the Arvada Center.

Print and Publication – NCECA and the Arvada Center plan to produce a color catalogue documenting the exhibition. One catalogue will be sent to accepted artists after the exhibition ends. Additional catalogues will be available to the artists. Images submitted will be used in the actual print catalogue.

Entry Guidelines

All entries must be submitted electronically at Juried Art Services

NCECA Members fee is $20 | Non-Members fee is $25

Note: NCECA Membership fees are not included in any event registration.
Membership is a standalone annual fee. CLICK HERE to apply for or renew your membership.

Selections will be conducted from images of works available for the exhibition. No substitutions will be allowed. Artists may submit up to five pieces with two images of each work, not to exceed 10 images.

Please read the directions for image preparation on the Juried Art Services web site. Images submitted will be used in the actual print catalogue. Data submitted will be used to produce labels, the catalogue, and publicity. Please double check your entry as no changes can be made after the entry is sent.

Please provide:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Year completed
  • Type of clay and firing method
  • Size (inches) H x W x D
  • Weight (lbs.)
  • Retail Price (include 40% commission)
  • Insurance Value (Retail price minus 40% commission)
  • A catalog entry of up to 200 words describing your work and its relation to the exhibition concept
  • A catalog entry of up to 100 words about the artist

No changes will be allowed once an entry is accepted into the database.

Once data is entered in the system, it is very difficult to change information in all the documents that are generated from the original form. Please proof read your data carefully as this will be the information used to generate the catalog and publicity information.

Photography and Permissions – Participating artists must agree to allow NCECA and gallery visitors to the Arvada Center to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes.

Images of accepted entries will be retained for the NCECA and Arvada Center archives and may be reproduced and posted on their websites and in printed materials. NCECA and the Arvada Center plan to produce a color catalogue that will be available at the exhibition.

It is understood that works in the exhibition may be photographed, telecast, and reproduced for press and publicity purposes including but not limited to reproduction in newspapers, periodicals, magazines, in television programs and on the internet in connection with the exhibition, NCECA and the Arvada Center.

Catalogue – A planned color catalogue documents the exhibition experience and contains artists’ statements and color images of the art.

Reception – A reception is planned to celebrate the exhibition on September 15, 2011 at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
at the Arvada Center.

Technical assistance may be obtained through Juried Arts Services or contact

Link to Juried Art Services

Thank you for your entry!!!

866-266-2322 (NCECA Office)
785-628-4273 – Linda Ganstrom

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Bebe Alexander | 720-898-7239
Collin Parson | 720-898-7252

“The Exhibitions are a great wake up call to what’s out there and the commitment that the work demonstrates. It is great seeing my students eyes light up when they see the exhibitions.”