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THEME: Future Flux
The 51st Annual NCECA Conference takes place in Portland, Oregon
March 22-25, 2017


NCECA seeks Projects Space proposals that have conceptual resonance with the theme of its 51st Annual Conference, Future Flux, which takes place in Portland, Oregon in March 2017.

NCECA seeks proposals for interactive and time-based art projects involving clay to be produced during its 2017 conference. Projects that have conceptual resonance with the theme of NCECA’s 51st Annual Conference, Future Flux, are of special appeal. As journey’s end for Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century, Oregon frames our imagination with expedition and discovery. As we pass beyond NCECA’s first fifty years, the interconnection of mind, materials, and transformation at the heart of ceramic process, art and education can serve as trail heads to our future. Our creative work in the 21st century engages with hybrid practices, issues of diversity, notions of community, and dynamic change.

How will more sustainable models of ceramic art and education continue to evolve?

What are the essential capacities of artists and educators today and for the future?

How can we reinvigorate and draw from rich historic traditions in the context of today?

Portland, Oregon, a city of rivers, makers, and entrepreneurs is an ideal vantage point from which to investigate these questions and others.

NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premier event for ceramic art drawing thousands each year.

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.

NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premier event for ceramic art drawing thousands each year. Future Flux will join ceramic art’s historic engagement with empirical research and discovery to today’s evolving creative commons.

NCECA’s Projects Space is a platform for ceramic artists to create and present works during the annual conference that incorporate clay as medium in time-based, performative, relational or site-responsive work. 3-5 projects will be selected to take place in spaces created in a publicly accessible area the Oregon Convention Center adjacent to Gallery EXPO and the Commercial and Non-profit Resource Hall. Artists will create their works on-site interacting with visitors from Tuesday evening through Friday afternoon of the conference.

Successful proposals will be those that engage with the concept of Future Flux using the medium of clay as a central focus, and also with materials, processes, and audience in unique and unconventional ways. Artists should keep in mind that Projects Space is staged at the heart of the NCECA Conference, and works are meant to occur, grow and change throughout the duration of the conference.

Criteria for the Application Process

Everyone is eligible EXCEPT for those who participated in the program in Kansas City, MO during NCECA 2016. Applications are welcomed from artists working with ceramic materials/processes as a significant component of their work

Invited artists will work within an assigned a space (approximately 10’ x 20’) to create their works. Artists will have from 9am to 4:30pm Tuesday, March 21st to install their materials and begin their piece and will be featured guests at a reception Tuesday evening. Artists will continue to interact with their materials and piece throughout the conference Wednesday through Friday, March 22-24, 2017. Artists will de-install and clean their spaces from 4:30-9pm that evening.

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 Future Flux 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):

  • Proposer Contact information
  • Short Bio (Up to 300 characters)
  • 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.
  • Project Title
  • Artist statement/project description – explaining the artistic vision as it relates to the proposed work for Project Space (3, 000 character limit)
  • Supplies/equipment – A detailed list of ALL supplies and equipment that will be used, including amount and types of clay. A note on how much electricity is required (1000 character limit)
  • Installation Process – A detailed account of the installation process that identifies the artist(s)’ abilities to professionally and successfully ship, install, and create the work in the allotted amount of time, follow appropriate, logical and practical building and safety codes (1000 character limit)
  • Program Guide Abstract – An abstract of the intended project that if selected will be included in the 2017 NCECA Program Guide (300 character limit)

Images – Exactly 10 images (.jpg ONLY. Each image no larger than 800 KB)

(Only images that directly reference the actual proposal)

Required information for each image:

  • Image Title
  • Image date
  • Relevance to project – Up to 300 characters
  • Brief Image description – Up to 300 characters – photo credit if applicable to include clay type, firing method, date, dimensions (H, W, D)

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