2020 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition

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DEADLINE September 25, 2019 (11:59pm Mountain time)

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Zero East 4th St.
Richmond, VA 23224
(804) 232-6464

EXHIBITION DATES: March 25- April 20, 2019
The 2020 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition will run concurrently with MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness And Memory the 54th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Richmond, Virginia, March 25-28, 2020. Ceramic artists Virginia Scotchie and Salvador Jiménez-Flores will select works for the exhibition.

Virginia Scotchie, is head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She holds a BFA in ceramics from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and completed her MFA at Alfred University in New York. Exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, Scotchie has received numerous awards including the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Premiere Award from the Shepparton Museum (Australia). She has lectured internationally and been an Artist in Residence in Taiwan, Italy, Australia, and the Netherlands. Her work is in public and private collections including the Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan) and the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums (China). Scotchie’s sculptural ceramics are abstracted from domestic objects and pottery, often considering the relationships between multiple parts to space that she envisions as a middle ground between the concrete reality of things made and their resulting meaning.

Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. Since coming to the United States, Jiménez-Flores has contributed to the art scene by producing a mixture of socially conscious installation, public, and studio-based art. He has presented his work at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Casa de la Cultura in Jalisco, México amongst others. Jiménez-Flores recently completed a two year-long artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. Also he served as the Artist-In-Residence for the City of Boston. Jiménez-Flores is a recipient of the grants Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants, The New England Foundation for the Arts, and was awarded the Kohler Arts Industry Residency for 2019. He was recently appointed Assistant Professor in ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

artspace began in 1988 as an association of artists interested in exhibiting their own work and providing a space for other artists to reach a wider audience in the greater Richmond, Virginia area. Since then, artspace has maintained a gallery committed to showing first quality visual art in a variety of innovative styles and media. The gallery has also been the forum for original work in poetry, prose, drama, dance, and music. The monthly exhibitions and performance art series have placed artspace on the cutting edge of the artistic scene in Richmond.

artspace was first located in Shockoe Bottom but moved a couple of times in the first few years, ending up at 6 E. Broad Street in the early 1990’s. By 2003, the search was on for another space. Plant Zero, a new art center being developed concurrently in the Manchester District (on the south side of the James River) became the gallery’s new home.

The 2020 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, NCECA has extended the call to include students enrolled in the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico; undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students may apply. The applicant must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art at the time of submittal. Students enrolled at institutions on which the jurors currently serve as faculty are not eligible to apply.

Entry Fees:
Member: $0.00
Membership will be verified by NCECA, please check before completing your entry.
Non-member: $30.00

NCECA Membership:
Please check your NCECA Membership status, by logging into your NCECA Profile at this LINK to check your expiration date or contact kate@nceca.net

All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only when clay is the dominant material.

  • Works involving video that references ceramic materials, process, history and/or extend expressive capacities of work in clay will be considered at the discretion of the jurors. Video work samples should be submitted as links to accessible files uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or similar platform. Up to two video samples may be submitted; however one must be no longer than two minutes in duration. Another link may be provided to a full-length video. Videos requiring private login information to be entered for review will not be considered.
  • Works involving photography, whether digitally, or chemically produced, that reference ceramic materials, process, history and/or extend expressive capacities of work in clay will be considered at the discretion of the jurors.
  • All work samples and attachments (other than resume) submitted must not include visual representation of the applicant’s name. This is to enable the adjudication process to be accomplished without bias of knowing artists’ identities. Any reference to an applicant’s name or school will disqualify participant from jurying.
  • The jurors will make final determinations selections, following venue confirmation ability to install all works in a safe and professional manner.
  • Floor and pedestal works must be self-supporting. 
  • Wall hanging works, must be provided with hanging systems that are suitably fashioned to securely install.
  • Individual objects should weigh less than 100 lbs. and be of dimensions that can pass through a 36” x 80” entrance door. Larger works that are designed to be assembled from multiple parts in a modular fashion may be accommodated.
  • NCECA and exhibition venue staff reserve the right to exclude from exhibition works that arrive at the venue in unstable condition.

Applications will be accepted online only using the CaFÉ™ entry process

DEADLINE September 25, 2019 (11:59pm Mountain time)

All submissions must include declaration of a monetary value for insurance purposes. This value may not be altered at a later date.

(Please read all technical information regarding file types, size limitations, and duration requirements detailed below carefully.)

BEFORE beginning submission, applicants must be prepared to provide the following:

·         Artist statement: (up to 1000 characters with spaces)
Do not include artist name in statement as this will be a blind jurying of artwork

·         Level of Study: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Post-baccalaureate

·         School Name, Professor Name, Professor Phone, Professor E-mail

No more than TWO pieces of artwork may be submitted.
For each artwork, you may submit only two (2) media files. (i.e. Full view and detail view)
Jurors will only consider up to two (2) works and review up to four (4) TOTAL media files (See media files details below) by each entrant.

Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition.

NCECA reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions that include more than two works or more than two (2) media files per work. Please do not submit the same pieces to multiple NCECA calls in the same year.

Additionally NCECA reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions made with incorrect fees. It is the artist’s responsibility to verify and update member status before submitting his/her work and paying the entry fee. NCECA will not process refunds to those who submit incorrect fees.

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Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration.

Upload Media Files – Uploaded media files will be stored in your CaFE Portfolio so you can submit them to calls. You will choose which media files to submit to a call when you fill out the application. Media file submissions must comply with specifications found at CaFÉ https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml 

IMAGE: JPG only. 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side. No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side. Landscape or portrait formats are acceptable. The file size may not exceed 5MB.

AUDIO: Only AIFF, WAV, XMF, MP3 up to 10MB with a minimum bit rate of 96.

VIDEO: Only 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS up to 100MB with a minimum resolution of 640 x 480 maximum 1920 x 1080; minimum 12 fps recommended 30 fps.

For complete specifications, tutorials and resources please go to CaFE Help  

NO CHANGES will be allowed once an entry is accepted into the database. Once data is entered in the system, it cannot be altered. PROOFREAD your data carefully as this information may be used to generate the catalog, insurance and publicity information.

Each work submitted must include the following details:

  • Title
  • Medium (60 character limit)
  • Height/Width/Depth
  • Retail value

(Retail value must be reported even for works included in the exhibition that are not available for purchase.) insurance value will be calculated as 50% of the retail value.

  • Year completed
  • Primary Discipline (ceramics)
  • Description (300 character limit)
Individual works will be selected through blind jurying. Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration.

Jurors Virginia Scotchie and Salvador Jiménez-Flores will make selections for the exhibition from digital images and work statements to develop the exhibition. The jurors will ONLY select actual artworks available for the exhibition.

Merit awards will be determined by the jurors from the actual works and will be announced during the exhibition reception and at the Second Members’ Business Meeting. Recent NJSE Exhibition Awards have included NCECA, company and organizationally sponsored cash prizes, and purchase awards. The final award list will be published at the time of the exhibition.

For work being shipped from Canada and Mexico, please be aware of required documents, customs, and brokerage needs. Suggested contacts are UPS Canada or UPS Mexico https://www.ups.com/ca/en/Home.page https://www.ups.com/mx/en/Home.page
or any other international shipping company. The size of your work will impact your shipping decisions so you might consider smaller work for entry.

It is the responsibility of the student to securely pack their works for the exhibition, arrange and pay for shipping TO and FROM artspace, insure their artworks while in transit, and have all international documents in order.

Work must arrive at the gallery March 16-18, 2020. Installation begins, Friday, March 19, 2020.


Primary Contact: Buddy Terrell, buddyterrell@gmail.com, 804-833-0709
Secondary Contact: ArtSpace (804) 232-6464

NCECA recommends that all artists document their packaging process using digital images and text description prior to closing all crates and / or boxes for shipment. This documentation may provide critical information to support claims against carriers for damage in transit.

If you are inexperienced with packing for shipping, consider reading this brief article on packing and shipping ceramics http://ceramicsfieldguide.org/chapter-8/packing-fragile-materials/ 

Please note: In previous NJSEs a significant percentage of work has arrived broken so be sure your work is packed properly.

Key to any good packaging and shipping of ceramic art is using quality materials in adequate supply. Do not re-use boxes and make sure that works are stabilized to mitigate any possibility of movement within containers. Shock absorbing material such as bubble wrap and or foam should cover at least two inches around all surfaces of objects. Wherever possible do not place more than one ceramic object within a single box or compartment. Double boxing is highly recommended with a minimum of 2” of shock absorbing packing material between inner and outer boxes. Crates, rather than boxes should be used for heavier objects. Additional tutorials on packing artwork for shipping can be found on YouTube. If you are still in doubt, work with a professional packager/ shipper.

The exhibition will be taken down and works will be packed for return shipping in late April 2019. All return shipping of unsold works must be paid in advance by participating artists who must be the shipper of record. NCECA will reimburse up to $200.00 per artist for shipping/transportation. An ORIGINAL hard copy receipt for shipping or mileage verification along with the 2020 NJSE Reimbursement form (to be sent post conference) must be submitted to NCECA by June 1, 2020 to be eligible for reimbursement. NCECA will not reimburse shipping for work that is sold; purchaser is responsible for pickup or shipping charges.

artspace will provide insurance coverage of work while on their premises for market value as confirmed by the venue or for the amount available. Artists will be responsible for insurance of work in transit.

Artists will receive 50% commission on work sold. NCECA will not reimburse shipping/transport for work that is sold; purchaser is responsible for pickup or shipping charges. 

Participating artists must agree to allow NCECA, artspace, and visitors to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. Images of accepted works will be retained by NCECA for promotional purposes, posting on the NCECA website and sharing with media related publications. NCECA may create a digital catalog and/or an online version of the exhibition using images of accepted work.

NCECA will produce a color catalogue documenting the exhibition experience through color images of artwork. Each artist in the exhibition will receive one (1) complimentary copy of the catalogue. Additional copies of the catalogue will be available for purchase-on-demand online.


Online Submittal deadline: September 25, 2019 (11:59pm Mountain Time)

Acceptance notification: early November, 2019

Contracts due: early December 2019

Loan period: March 16 – April, 30 2020

Shipped and hand delivered works: Delivery of Student Juried work March 16-18.  Details to be provided in accepted artist’s agreement.

Artists needing to travel to install will be responsible to finance that travel and their housing and board themselves.)

Exhibition dates: March 25 – April 19, 2020

Conference dates in Richmond, VA: March 25-28, 2020

Award jurying dates: March 25 or 26, 2020                                     

Awards reception: Friday, March 27, 2020 5-9pm

Pick up work and start packing/shipping: April 19, 2020

Damage Claim: Immediately upon return

Return shipping reimbursement request: Before June 1, 2020

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If you encounter problems and require technical assistance, contact CaFÉ™ support staff at cafe@westaf.org. 

If you have questions about eligibility or submission rules that are not answered in the listing description, contact kate@nceca.net