call for artists: NCECA Emerging Artists

MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory
54th Annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
Richmond, Virginia March 25-28, 2020

NCECA’s 54th annual conference in Richmond will explore ways that ceramic artists are charting new pathways from the complex meanings of our interwoven histories. NCECA is particularly interested in presenting programming that enriches the theme of this conference, MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness and Memory. Ceramic art’s diversity of expression and continuous invention generates affinities that extend human imagination. NCECA’s 54th annual conference will explore ways that ceramic artists are charting new pathways from the complex meanings of our interwoven histories.


NCECA recommends using Google Chrome or Firefox when using forms on this site. Some forms do not respond well to Internet Explorer or Safari.

NCECA’s Emerging Artists program seeks to identify under-recognized artists doing extraordinary work in ceramic art and highlight them to an international audience during NCECA’s Annual Conference. Curator Sequoia Miller and artist Kevin Snipes will join NCECA Director at Large Julia Galloway as the panel to select Emerging Artists through a review of statements, images, and support documents submitted for consideration. Emerging Artists will receive a $3,300 honorarium, provide articles to be published in the NCECA Journal, exhibit their work, and make presentations during the 2020 NCECA conference in Richmond. Additional opportunities for promotion may occur through NCECA’s blog and other special programming. Exposure during the conference also includes participation in informal talks 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.”

Contact Julia Galloway, NCECA Director at Large, for questions about the Emerging Artists program and exhibition




Are you a Canuck with luck heading to @nceca this week?? First of all, congratulations… that’s exciting and it’s amazing to see more can con spreading south of the border. Imagine #canadianceramics infiltrating the hearts & minds of many international ceramics lovers and ceramic curious!! We’d love to see NCECA through your eyes, and invite you to use #ncecaeh when posting can-con to share with the rest of the nation who cannot be there in person ☹️!! Whether you’re participating in an exhibition or demonstration, meeting your ceramic pen pals & icons, or generally being blown away, we’d love to hear about it.

Canadian Ceramics Represent!! 🇨🇦💪🏺❤️
#ncecaeh, #canadianceramics

Help support students going to NCECA this year!

It might have been about 20 years ago that I attended my first NCECA conference, but it’s impact was so great that it’s memories stay with me still. I truly can’t think of a more valuable experience for an artist in our field than to be surrounded by thousands of artists, exceptional quality contemporary work and some of the best minds and critical theorists in our field, all in one place over the course of 5 days.

When I recently saw a Facebook post by students at my former alumni, The University of Regina, regarding an upcoming fundraiser to help get students to this year’s NCECA I was brought back to my school days of working alongside fellow students and Jack Sures in the studio, prepping pots, platters, mugs, you name it, for a hallway sale on campus to help get us to the conference. Jack was always so supportive of students and well aware of the importance of us attending events like this to expand our understanding of the potential of ceramics into a more global perspective.

Jack passed away earlier this year and when it happened I reflected a lot on the valuable lessons I’ve learned from him over the years. The most important one being the value of community, the need to support each other, and how those bonds can truly help us achieve much greater things then what we could accomplish on our own.

In that spirit of supporting a community I set out to find a way to help these students from the University of Regina to meet their fundraising goals and be able to attend the conference. My oldest son, Elliott (11 years old) wanted to help as well. The result is the t-shirt designs below which are available online as of today, with all the profits going to the University of Regina Ceramic Students Society. Support students within our community by purchasing a shirt, and proclaim your love of ceramics to the world! : )



Full range of sizes and colors are available as print on demand here:

Thank you!

xoxo Carole