Prospectus for 2019 Concurrent Exhibition Proposals
53rd ANNUAL NCECA CONFERENCE
Wednesday March 27 – Saturday, March 30, 2019
Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)
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The exhibition and expansion of contemporary ceramic practice will include diverse approaches to ideas and senses of materiality involving clay and process. NCECA’s annual conference draws thousands of informed and enthusiastic followers, and practitioners of ceramic to a different region in the continental United States each year. The experience of the annual NCECA conference, while grounded within an urban convention center, is vastly enriched by the diverse array of exhibitions that NCECA works to situate and promote throughout its conference host region. The Concurrent Exhibitions proposal is the first opportunity offered in NCECA’s conference planning cycle to solicit exhibition concepts from the field that relate to and expand on the unique theme formulated for the host region of each of NCECA’s annual conferences.
Concurrent Exhibitions provide a platform for participating artists to engage with the global audience of ceramic enthusiasts to expand, challenge, and celebrate critical and aesthetic horizons of art made with clay. NCECA promotes Concurrent Exhibitions through the print conference guide, app, website, Blog and social media. NCECA makes efforts to cluster exhibitions within art/cultural districts as well as developing neighborhoods to maximize viewer attendance.
2019 Concurrent Exhibitions Focus
NCECA seeks exhibition proposals that incorporate clay as the principal medium of expression and have conceptual resonance with the theme of its 53rd annual conference, Claytopia. The conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota in March 27-30, 2019. Since the 1960s, the Twin Cities region has played a pivotal role in shaping a renaissance in studio pottery and craft as cultural forces. Adaptation of Mingei-inspired ideals within the American heartland drove a vision of artfulness in daily life. Claytopia will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators, and students to produce an array of exhibitions and experiences that build on, respond to, celebrate, and push against ceramic art’s diverse legacies. Together, we will expand critical discourse on teaching, learning, aesthetics, social impacts, design thinking, and artistic production.