call for entry: 2021 NCECA Annual – Social Recession

Curated by Shannon Rae Stratton

Hosted by:
Weston Art Gallery
Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Oh 45202
513-977- 4166

ENTRY DEADLINE:  Wednesday, October 7, 2020   (11:59pm MDT)

EXHIBITION DATES: February 5 – March 28, 2021

The NCECA Annual blends impactful attributes of invitational and open juried models of exhibition development. Exhibition curator Shannon Rae Stratton’s organizing concept is brought to life through the work of three invited artists. The curator will select additional works and artists for the exhibition through an open call for submissions.

Stratton shares the following about her vision for the exhibition:

According to physician’s Vivek H. Murthy and Alice Chen’s March article for the Atlantic, the corona virus could cause what is being called a “social recession.” They speak about how the longer we go without personal contact, the more social bonds fray and unravel, leading to harmful effects on mood, health, our ability to learn and work, and our overall sense of community. Their concern stems from an already growing body of national and global research on the epidemic of loneliness that reports, at the lowest 22% of American adults, and at the highest 50%, are struggling with loneliness. That is more adults than smoke or have diabetes. 

Many artists working in craft value the field for its history of peer-to-peer exchange, mentorship, functionality and proximity to the body. It’s a field that identifies itself with connection and touch, with craft objects – whether functional design or conceptual art – often serving social functions. 

While Murthy and Chen were concerned with fraying social bonds based on enforced separation, the legacy of settler colonialism and white suprematism that has shaped capitalism, Western culture and specifically the United States, has long disrupted social bonds, destroying communities, histories and traditions in its wake. 

This call for artwork for the NCECA Annual invites artists to consider the tension between together and apart, interdependence, belonging, hospitality and modes of support that allow people to extend themselves with mindfulness and compassion towards each other and to the non-human world. As the list of untenable and ailing structures that have caused harm begin to crumble, what change can be supported through connection, compassion and empathy?

Living in a culture that places a high value on individuality has obscured the reality of interdependence – the fact that nobody thinks or creates in a vacuum. If anything, people are all vectors for one thing or another, transmitting ideas that have coalesced in and around us at any given time. Empathy is the nourishment required to sustain a tender “us” now and in the future. 

Interested artists are encouraged to submit works that draw on their personal and cultural experience to explore themes of the social and how social connection, as a renewable resource, is a means for addressing the challenges we face both individually and as a society. We encourage submissions that deal with collective grief and mourning, rage, empowerment, joy, care and compassion – but all through work grounded in connection, interdependence and the social.

Full Details HERE.


Call for Proposals: SOLO ARTIST EXHIBITION @ The Clay Center of New Orleans







February 26 – March 27, 2021
Juried by CCNO Committee
Entries due September 15, 2020

The Clay Center of New Orleans seeks proposals for a solo artist exhibition to be on display February 26 – March 27, 2021 in the Clay Center’s gallery space in the heart of New Orleans.

This call is open to proposals for all forms of contemporary ceramic artwork, including functional studio pottery, sculptures and sculptural vessels, and installation work. Mixed media proposals are acceptable but clay must the primary material.

Apply online via EntryThingy
Download prospectus (PDF)

Ceramics for Charity – get involved!


Brand-New Worldwide Ceramics Organization Raises Money for Charity

Launching on 1st August 2020, Ceramics for Charity is striving to use the perfect mix of art, technology, and community, to organize three online fundraising events per year, with each focusing on helping a different cause.

This brand new format brings together three different experts into one platform with one aim:

From the organizers of The Ceramics Congress, the first virtual ceramic event which has had over 100,000 people, from 195 countries attended in the past 2 years and has raised over $50,000 for their selected speakers. Joshua Collinson will be running a similar virtual conference with all proceeds going to charity.

From the organizers of “Clay for ….” fundraisers series that have provided a platform for clay workers from around the world to support worthwhile charitable causes. The Clay for… series include Clay for Nepal, Clay for Queensland, Clay for Clay Community and Clay for Australia which had 477 artists from 30 countries donate their work for sale in support of the Australian Bushfire relief. Vipoo Srivilasa will be organizing a Global Fundraising Raffle, with all proceeds going to charity.

From the Curator of the First Central China International Ceramics Biennale and the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, which were viewed by almost a million people, Wendy Ger will be organizing a curated online exhibition, with all works for sale, and with 50% or 100% of the proceeds going to charity.

By combining our skills, we hope this first event will raise $100,000 for charities that support Black Lives Matter, Anti-Racism, Human Rights, and Dignity for All.

If you would like to find out how you can help contribute to the cause, you can read more here:

Joshua Collins :


call for entry: Unwedged @ Pottery Northwest

The deadline for submission for UnWedged, our annual juried exhibition, is coming up! Submit your entries by July 7, 2020. We are looking for submissions from artists working in functional or sculptural ceramics, both those connected to tradition, or pushing innovation in the field. We have invited Liz Quackenbush as this year’s juror due to her experience and knowledge. Liz will be tasked with selecting work that will create and exhibition that reflects the state and range of contemporary ceramics.

More info at

Apply here

$1000 Juror’s Choice Award
$500 Director’s Choice Award
$100 Honorable Mention Award

call for entry: For the Love of Sandra Alfoldy: submission date extended

***Submission date extended to July 15, 2020***

Due to the current restrictions on museums and galleries, NSCAD University has decided to postpone the physical exhibition “For the Love of Sandra Alfoldy” until 2021, when we can gather together as a group and celebrate craft, art and Sandra.

However we are pleased to announce that we are now offering the opportunity for contributions to be shared in an online showcase leading up to the exhibition. If you have already submitted, you do not have to re-submit your work.

Dr. Sandra Alfoldy.

Dr. Sandra Alfoldy.

Online showcase begins: September 2020
Digital publication: Fall 2020
Exhibition: 2021 (TBD, pending restrictions)
Anna Leonowens Gallery/ @annaleonowensgallery

This series of collected works by friends, family and colleagues will celebrate the vibrant life and work of Dr. Sandra Alfoldy. Dr. Alfoldy was one of Canada’s preeminent craft historians, her work pioneered the discourse around Canadian studio craft, as well as offered important critical assessments of craft and modernity.

Sandra was also beloved professor at NSCAD University for almost 20 years. In recognition of the huge impact Sandra has had on craft communities all over the world, this community-centred group showcase invites students, colleagues, and collaborators to submit writings, craft and art work that honours Sandra’s excellent mentorship, collaboration and friendship. Originally set to open in September 2020 as a two-week exhibition, this celebration will now consist of an online showcase and digital publication of submissions that celebrate the amazing life of Sandra! A physical exhibition will open in 2021 once limitations regarding large gatherings have been lifted.

Submission guidelines:
– To be included in the online showcase and publication, work should be documented with intention for online viewing.
– Only 1 work will be accepted.
– Submissions can be objects; writings; videos; videos of self-recorded stories or readings; audio etc.

For physical exhibition:
– Only 1 work will be accepted, Multimedia will also be accepted.
– For out of town submissions, the gallery will cover shipping for works up to 20″ x 20″ 20″ and no heavier that 15lbs.

Please include a description of work and how the work connects to the project (please be specific about how this work reflects your relationship to Sandra Alfoldy). We want this to be a personal, heartfelt show.

Please complete submission form at: