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2015 NCECA Emerging Artists
March 24, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Providence, RI
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Application Dates:
May 1, 2014 - Sep 30, 2014
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Nov 12, 2014

2015 NCECA Emerging Artists CALL for Applications

NCECA’s Emerging Artists program recognizes exceptional early career artists highlighting them to an international audience during NCECA’s Annual Conference and promoting them year round through blog.nceca.net. The awards include opportunities for increased exposure through exhibition and special events.

NCECA believes that those creating work offering new/exciting/thoughtful perspectives on the ceramic medium, expanding upon genres of creative production and inquiry are qualified as candidates for its Emerging Artist awards. An Emerging Artist may be at the early stages of receiving recognition for his/her work but is currently underrepresented through exhibitions or publications that might otherwise bring the work to wide attention. The intent of the award is to recognize, cultivate and amplify vital, new voices of creative endeavor in ceramics. The award enables these artists to reach broader national and international audiences and impact discourse in the field.

Because the concept of emergence in the arts does not invariably correlate with a specific age, or other quantifiable terms, NCECA requires applicants to briefly describe why they perceive themselves to be at an emergent point in their careers and how they anticipate the award will impact the trajectory of their endeavors. The review committee, at their discretion, may eliminate candidates that are considered to be beyond “emerging.” Applicants are also required to provide letters of support from two figures in the field who are familiar with their work and drive to create. Letters should provide the selection committee with a sense of confirmation of the candidates’ seriousness of commitment and potential for continued development.

Applications are welcomed from artists working with ceramic materials/processes as a significant component of their work. A current NCECA Membership, at the time of application, is required to be eligible to apply for NCECA’s Emerging Artists. Applicants may not be students. NCECA Membership fees are not included in event registration. Membership requires payment of an annual fee. CLICK HERE to apply for or renew your membership. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please contact kate@nceca.net

Applications must be submitted electronically. Applicants are strongly advised to prepare the following BEFORE starting the online submission process:

1. Resume (Type in URL to website Resume or copy/paste two page maximum Resume)

Emphasize pertinent professional experience; exhibitions; teaching, residencies, collection, publications.

2. Artist Statement describing your work and work process - 250 words maximum. (Copy/paste from Word or equivalent to monitor count. Be aware that special characters and type styles may not copy into submission form)

3. Statement articulating why you believe you are at an "emerging" point in your career, and how this award will benefit your studio practice- 150 words maximum.

4. EXACTLY 10 IMAGES - Each work submitted must include the following image details:

  • Title
  • Description – Clay body, materials, decorating and firing methods
  • Photo Credit (if artist, type in ARTIST)
  • Dimensions (inches) H x W x D
  • Date of completion

5. Information for each of the two individuals providing letters of recommendation:
Name, Relation to applicant, Phone #, and Email address.

6. Two (2) 1-page letters of recommendation from professionals in the field of ceramic art must be sent directly from the Recommender to kate@nceca.net. The Subject line of these emails should be: 2015 Emerging Artist/NAME OF THE ARTIST.

NCECA’s 2015 Emerging Artists selection committee will consist of one of NCECA’s Directors at Large and two additional experts working in the field. The committee will select six (6) Emerging Artists. Selected artists will receive a monetary award, complementary registration in NCECA’s 49th Annual Conference in Providence, RI (March 25-28, 2015), and an additional year’s NCECA membership.

Applications will be due September 30, 2014, and the review committee will reach its decisions before the end of October 2014 after which applicants will be notified.

A formal agreement outlining terms and conditions associated with this honor will be sent to the selected artists soon after jurying is completed. Failure to fulfill any of the terms and/or requirements may result in the negation of the award.

The selected artists will be required to attend the 49th Annual NCECA Conference, participate in special “meet and greet” events with collectors, present gallery talks, serve on an NCECA Connections panel discussion, prepare remarks and make presentations (approximately 10 minutes in duration) during NCECA’s 49th Annual Conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI March 25-28, 2015

Artists selected as 2015 Emerging Artists are required to provide a written summary of their presentation for the NCECA Annual Conference for publication in the NCECA Journal by December 18, 2014. This summary must be accompanied by five 300 dpi images appropriate for print publication. Also required by this date is a 50-word abstract of this submission to be included in the 2015 NCECA Conference Program Guide.

Selected artists’ images and application materials will be retained by NCECA and will be held in the NCECA archives. Images may be used to promote NCECA’s Emerging Artists program and may be posted on NCECA’s website and contributed to a new NCECA image community being developed in cooperation with AccessCeramics. Emerging Artists will be considered conference presenters and will therefore be ineligible for a presenter role or honorarium in the year following the award.

Emerging Artists will also be eligible for a shipping reimbursement to transport work for a featured exhibition at the conference center from March 24-27, 2015. Artists are required to help install/de-install their work, be present periodically during the course of the Emerging Artists Exhibition. Emerging Artists will also be required to participate in individual interviews to be posted to blog.nceca.net and possibly be disseminated via other blogs/ websites.

NCECA requires each award recipient to provide a reflection on the impact of their award on the development of their work, life and career. This statement must be sent to josh@nceca.net by August 30, 2015 so that comments can be incorporated into an annual report.

NCECA invites awarded Emerging Artists to provide blog posts to NCECA throughout the year of the award. These posts may link to the artists’ own websites or blogs.


Detailed information and Online Submittal form: Available May 1, 2014
Online Submittal deadline: September 30, 2014 (midnight PST)
Acceptance notification: October 31, 2014

Conference dates: March 25-28, 2015
Emerging Artists Exhibition dates: March 24-27, 2015
Shipping Reimbursement request deadline: May 1, 2015

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