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Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics National Exhibition
August 29, 2012 to September 20, 2012
Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery
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Application Dates:
Feb 1, 2012 - Jun 15, 2012
Application Fee:
$20 Members, $40 Non-Members
Notification Date:
Jul 5, 2012
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR THE CERAMIC ART and Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery joint competition and exhibition. 
Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics National Exhibition
CALL for Submissions
Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery will host Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics, a national juried exhibition from August 29, 2012 – September 20, 2012.

NCECA and Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery are organizing a competitive ceramic exhibition for artists from the United States.  Exhibited concurrently with the general session of the International Academy of Ceramics in Santa Fe, this exhibition will showcase contemporary American Ceramics to international leaders in the field of ceramics.
The exhibition is curated and organized by NCECA Exhibitions Director, Linda Ganstrom; Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery Director, Clark Baughan and Ceramics Head, James Marshall; with Special Guest Curator, Jane Sauer, owner of the Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ecumene: Global Interface in America Ceramics
Current American ceramic practice is part of a larger global dialogue in which artists have access to a tremendous amount of historical and contemporary art information, inspiration and images via the internet, travel opportunities and workshops. This New World of Art is a trans-global cultural movement of which America is a full partner. Ecumene also refers to the individual practice of artists in selecting the most relevant, appropriate and meaningful elements from this vocabulary to communicate through their art. To be staged concurrently with the International Academy of Ceramics general assembly in New Mexico, Ecumene is intended to survey current America ceramic practice in light of this globalization.

Media & Limitations

All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only if ceramic materials are the primary media, although video documentation of projects involving ceramics will be considered.  The jurors will make final determinations.  Work must fit through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable. Wall-mounted pieces are limited to 25 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.  Please do not enter the same work in more than one NCECA exhibition currently open. Artist may be required to install in special circumstances.

Detailed information and Online Submittal form Available Feb. 1, 2012
Online Submittal deadline June 13, 2012 (midnight EST)
Acceptance notification After July 16, 2012
Contracts due July 23, 2012
Delivery of accepted work August 13 – August 17, 2012
Installation August 20 - 29, 2012
Exhibition dates August 29 – September 20, 2012
Reception with IAC September 19, 2012
Return of work After September 20 - October 1, 2012
Unclaimed work becomes SFCC property October 2, 2012
Damage claims need to be made October 15, 2012
Reimbursement forms submitted to NCECA November 1, 2012

Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery and insuring it while in transit.  Works may be shipped or hand delivered to the Gallery.  Works should be shipped in reusable containers with photographic documentation for re-packing.  NCECA will reimburse artists up to $100 for RETURN shipping if the artist sends in a reimbursement form and original receipt for return shipping to the NCECA Office before November 1, 2012.  All exhibiting artists will receive a copy of the catalog after the exhibition ends.
Works may be hand delivered August 13 – August 17, 2012.  Works may be picked up beginning September 21 and no later than October 1, 2012.  Arrangements need to be made with Clark Baughan, 505-428-1501.

Accepted work will be shipped to: 

Clark Baughan, Gallery Director
Visual Arts Gallery
6401 Richards Avenue
Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Insurance and Sales
Santa Fe Community College will insure the Art while on SFCC property. The Retail price/NFS and insurance value on the submission form cannot be altered as it must be submitted to the Gallery before August 6, 2012 to enable the College to obtain insurance coverage preceding delivery. Information received by the above deadline will be insured for the Loan Period: August 13 – October 1, 2012. Work not shipped out by October 1, 2012 is no longer insured by SFCC, unless special arrangements are made. If the Artist elects to maintain his/her own insurance, the Artist must supply the Gallery with a certificate of insurance naming the Gallery as an additional insured with respect to the Art, or the Artist must execute a waiver of subrogation against the Gallery.

Work may be for sale. Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery will conduct all sales through their sales gallery.  NCECA and Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery will retain and split a 50% commission on all sales.  Please check the price you entered and make sure it includes the 50% commission.  No price changes will be allowed after a work is accepted.

Print and Publication

NCECA and Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery plan to produce a catalogue documenting the exhibition.  One catalogue will be sent to each accepted artist after the exhibition closes.  Additional catalogues will be available to the artists.  Images submitted during the jury process will be used in the print catalogue.

Entry Guidelines
All entries must be submitted electronically through Juried Arts Services;

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 JAS website.  Images submitted will be used in the print catalogue and must be print quality.  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 selected. 

NCECA Membership
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NCECA Members fee is $20
Non-Members fee is $40

Please provide:
    • Name
    • Title
    • Date of completion
    • Description – Clay body, decorating and firing methods
    • Dimensions (inches) H x W x D
    • Weight (lbs.)
    • Retail Price or NFS
    • Insurance Value: 50% of Retail Price
    • An entry of up to 200 words describing your work and its relation to the exhibition concept of Ecumene: Global Interface
    • An entry of up to 100 words about the artist
    • Photographic Credit
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, SFCC and gallery visitors to the Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery  to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. 

Images of accepted entries will be retained for the NCECA and SFCC archives and may be reproduced and posted on their websites and in printed materials. NCECA and SFCC plan to produce a catalogue.

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 Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery.

A planned catalogue documents the exhibition experience and may contain artists’ statements and images of their art. 


A reception with IAC special guests is planned to celebrate the exhibition on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery.

866-266-2322 (NCECA Office, Kate Vorhaus, Project Manager)
785-628-4273 (Linda Ganstrom)
Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design’s Visual Arts Gallery
505-428-1501 (Clark Baughan) 

Ecumene: Global Interface Jurors Biographies

Jane Sauer

Owner of the Jane Sauer Gallery, Jane is nationally recognized for her commitment to material based art.  Her involvement includes curating numerous exhibits for art centers, universities, and museums. She has juried over 26 exhibitions in the United States, Australia and Japan.  Before owning Jane Sauer Gallery, Jane was a studio artist for over 35 years. Her work is in the collection of over 22 museums in the United States, Japan, China, Switzerland, and Norway. Jane has been an active advocate for the arts since receiving a BFA and MA from Washington University. She has served on numerous boards and was President of the American Craft Council from 1995-97. She is included in the Archives of American Art and Smithsonian Institute of American Art, Washington, D.C.  Jane received two National Endowment for the Arts’ Visual Arts Grants, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Washington University School of Art and Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Clark Baughan
Clark Baughan has been the Visual Arts Gallery Director for the School of Arts & Design at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico since 2000.  He was involved in the foundational development of the SFCC Department of Fine and Performing Arts, developing course work in several areas of studio art as well as portfolio, internship and gallery studies. Under his direction the Visual Arts Gallery has developed into a respected academic venue, featuring numerous curated group exhibitions of national, international and Northern New Mexico artists.

Mr. Baughan is from southwestern Virginia.  He received a MFA in painting from Arizona State University and a BFA in painting from East Carolina University. He discovered New Mexico while in artist’s residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, working as an artist and museum professional. Mr. Baughan is a respected artist educator who believes deeply in the role of arts education in developing the informed citizens for a democratic society.

James Marshall

An exhibiting artist, designer and art educator, James Marshall began his education in the ceramic arts as a pottery apprenticeship in Guatemala while living with the Quiche, a Mayan Native American tribe during his service in the Peace Corps.  He received his MFA in 1979 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he studied with John Stephenson and Rudolph Arnheim, author of Art and Visual Perception.  James’s teaching experience includes the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York; Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA.; University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.  Currently James is Head of Ceramics at Santa Fe Community College.

James continues to develop his artistic direction with The Liminal Object, an in depth exploration fueled by the minimalist aesthetic, which investigates the potential for an ordinary object to move into other dimensions. His works from this series are included in over 250 public and private collections nationally and internationally and he has been widely published in books, magazine and newspaper articles. James is widely represented in galleries across the United States.

Linda Ganstrom

Linda Ganstrom serves on the Executive Council and as the Exhibitions Director for NCECA.  As such, she curated Earth Matters: The 2010 NCECA Invitational and co-curated Push Play: The NCECA 2012 Invitational with Stefano Catalani, Artistic Director of Bellevue Arts Museum.  She served as a juror on the joint NCECA and Arvada Center’s regional exhibitions: Continental Divide and Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence. She directed the 2009 NCECA Biennial at the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center and the 2011 NCECA Biennial at the Tampa Museum of Art.  Prior to her NCECA work, she did curatorial work on BodyText and Pygmalion’s Gaze Re-Imagined: The Contemporary Figure in Ceramics. Linda Ganstrom teaches Ceramics at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, maintains a studio practice and enjoys her family.
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