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NCECA Juried Student Exhibition 2019


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4

Entry Fee (Member Entry Fee): $15.00
Entry Fee (Non-Member Entry Fee): $30.00

Deadline September 26, 2018 (11:59pm Mountain time)

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Soo Visual Arts Center
2909 Bryant Ave S #101
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 871-2263

EXHIBITION DATES: March 25- April 20, 2019
The 2019 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition will run concurrently with Claytopia the 53rd annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 27-30, 2019. Ceramic artists Steven Young Lee and Linda Lopez will select works for the exhibition.


Linda Nguyen Lopez received her BFA from California State University of Chico and her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout United States including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; Robischon Gallery, Denver; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery, New York. She has been an artist in residence at The Clay Studio and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2016, Lopez received the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program Grant to be an artist-in-residence at C.R.E.T.A. Rome Residency Program. She is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, Florida.

Steven Young Lee received his BFA and MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. Originally from Chicago, he lives in Helena, Montana where he has served as the resident artist director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts since 2006. In 2004-05, he lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China as part of a one-year cultural and educational exchange in Jingdezhen, Shanghai and Beijing. In 2005-06 he was a visiting professor at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Steve has lectured extensively in North America and Asia. In 2013 he participated on a panel, “Americans in the Porcelain City,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and he was also one of several international artists invited to participate in “New Blue and White,” an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston that featured contemporary artists working in the blue-and-white tradition of ceramic production. In the Fall of 2016 his work was featured as part of the Renwick Invitational at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

Soo Visual Arts Center is a nonprofit art space that connects our community with fresh, under-represented and provocative art. Vision: Soo Visual Arts Center envisions a dynamic community in which artists and audiences challenge each other in an environment where art is integral to everyday life. Founded by visual artist Suzy Greenberg in 2001, our non-profit 501 (c)3 art space is based on the founder's relationship with art—one that views the artistic as vital to personal and community health and vision. We have exhibited over 2000 under-represented artists since opening our doors in 2001. As a leader in discovering new talent and with a strong focus on emerging artists from the state of Minnesota, SooVAC offers year-round exhibition, community and performance programming.

New for the 2019 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, NCECA has extended the call to include students enrolled in the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico; undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students may apply. The applicant must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art at the time of submittal.

Students enrolled at institutions on which the jurors currently serve as faculty are not eligible to apply.

NCECA Membership is not a requirement of submission but members will receive a 50% discount on exhibition submission fee as well as a range of other benefits.
Fees: Members $15 entry fee Non-Members $30 entry fee

NCECA Membership:
NCECA membership runs 12 months from the date of initiation or renewal. NCECA Membership fees are not included in any event registration. Membership is a stand-alone annual fee. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please LOGIN to your Member Profile which shows your expiration date or contact [email protected] . To renew or become an NCECA Member, visit the Student membership page on our website


All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only when clay is the dominant material.

Works involving video that references ceramic materials, process, history and/or extend expressive capacities of work in clay will be considered at the discretion of the jurors. Video work samples should be submitted as links to accessible files uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or similar platform. Up to two video samples may be submitted; however one must be no longer than two minutes in duration. Another link may be provided to a full-length video. Videos requiring private login information to be entered for review will not be considered.

Works involving photography, whether digitally, or chemically produced, that reference ceramic materials, process, history and/or extend expressive capacities of work in clay will be considered at the discretion of the jurors.

All work samples and attachments (other than resume) submitted must not include visual representation of the applicant’s name. This is to enable the adjudication process to be accomplished without bias of knowing artists’ identities. Any reference to an applicant’s name or school will disqualify participant from jurying.

The jurors will make final determinations selections, following venue confirmation ability to install all works in a safe and professional manner.

Floor and pedestal works must be self-supporting.

Wall hanging works, must be provided with hanging systems that are suitably fashioned to securely install.

Individual objects should weigh less than 100 lbs. and be of dimensions that can pass through a 36” x 80” entrance door. Larger works that are designed to be assembled from multiple parts in a modular fashion may be accommodated.

NCECA and exhibition venue staff reserve the right to exclude from exhibition works that arrive at the venue in unstable condition.

Applications will be accepted online only using the CaFÉ™ entry process

DEADLINE September 26, 2018 (11:59pm Mountain time)

All submissions must include declaration of a monetary value for insurance purposes. This value may not be altered at a later date.

(Please read all technical information regarding file types, size limitations, and duration requirements detailed below carefully.)

BEFORE beginning submission, applicants must be prepared to provide the following:

Artist statement: (up to 1000 characters with spaces) Do not include artist name in statement as this will be a blind jurying of artwork

Level of Study: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Post-baccalaureate

School Name, Professor Name, Professor Phone, Professor E-mail

No more than TWO pieces of artwork may be submitted.
For each artwork, you may submit only two (2) media files. (i.e. Full view and detail view)
Jurors will only consider up to two (2) works and review up to four (4) TOTAL media files (See media files details below) by each entrant.

Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition.

NCECA reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions that include more than two works or more than two (2) media files per work. Please do not submit the same pieces to multiple NCECA calls in the same year.

Additionally NCECA reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions made with incorrect fees. It is the artist's responsibility to verify and update member status before submitting his/her work and paying the entry fee. NCECA will not process refunds to those who submit incorrect fees.

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Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration.

Upload Media Files - Uploaded media files will be stored in your CaFE Portfolio so you can submit them to calls. You will choose which media files to submit to a call when you fill out the application. Media file submissions must comply with specifications found at CaFÉ

IMAGE: JPG only. 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side. No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side. Landscape or portrait formats are acceptable. The file size may not exceed 5MB.

AUDIO: Only AIFF, WAV, XMF, MP3 up to 10MB with a minimum bit rate of 96.

VIDEO: Only 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS up to 100MB with a minimum resolution of 640 x 480 maximum 1920 x 1080; minimum 12 fps recommended 30 fps.

For complete specifications, tutorials and resources please go to CaFE Help

NO CHANGES will be allowed once an entry is accepted into the database. Once data is entered in the system, it cannot be altered. PROOFREAD your data carefully as this information may be used to generate the catalog, insurance and publicity information.

Each work submitted must include the following details:


Medium (60 character limit)


Retail value

Year completed

Primary Discipline (ceramics)

Description (300 character limit)

Individual works will be selected through blind jurying. Artists’ names may not appear in any of the images or file names submitted for consideration.

Jurors Linda Lopez and Steven Young Lee will make selections for the exhibition from digital images and work statements to develop the exhibition. The jurors will ONLY select actual artworks available for the exhibition.

Merit awards will be determined by the jurors from the actual works and will be announced during the exhibition reception and at the Second Members' Business Meeting. Recent NJSE Exhibition Awards have included NCECA, company and organizationally sponsored cash prizes and purchase awards. The final award list will be published at the time of the exhibition.

For work being shipped from Canada and Mexico, please be aware of required documents, customs, and brokerage needs. Suggested contacts are UPS Canada or UPS Mexico any other international shipping company. The size of your work will impact your shipping decisions so you might consider smaller work for entry.

It is the responsibility of the student to securely pack their works for the exhibition, arrange and pay for shipping TO and FROM the Soo Visual Arts Center, insure their artworks while in transit, and have all international documents in order.

NCECA recommends that all artists document their packaging process using digital images and text description prior to closing all crates and / or boxes for shipment. This documentation may provide critical information to support claims against carriers for damage in transit.

If you are inexperienced with packing for shipping, consider reading this brief article on packing and shipping ceramics packing-tips/

Please note: In previous NJSEs a significant percentage of work has arrived broken so be sure your work is packed properly.

Key to any good packaging and shipping of ceramic art is using quality materials in adequate supply. Do not re-use boxes and make sure that works are stabilized to mitigate any possibility of movement within containers. Shock absorbing material such as bubble wrap and or foam should cover at least two inches around all surfaces of objects. Wherever possible do not place more than one ceramic object within a single box or compartment. Double boxing is highly recommended with a minimum of 2” of shock absorbing packing material between inner and outer boxes. Crates, rather than boxes should be used for heavier objects. Additional tutorials on packing artwork for shipping can be found on YouTube. If you are still in doubt, work with a professional packager/ shipper.

The exhibition will be taken down and works will be packed for return shipping in late April 2019. All return shipping of unsold works must be paid in advance by participating artists who must be the shipper of record. NCECA will reimburse up to $200.00 per artist for shipping/transportation. AnORIGINAL hard copy receipt for shipping or mileage verification along with the 2019 NJSE Reimbursement form (to be sent post conference) must be submitted to NCECA by June 1, 2019 to be eligible for reimbursement. NCECA will not reimburse shipping for work that is sold; purchaser is responsible for pickup or shipping charges.

Soo Visual Arts Center will provide insurance coverage of work while on their premises for market value as confirmed by Soo Visual Arts Center or for the amount available. Artists will be responsible for insurance of work in transit.

Artists will receive 50% commission on work sold. NCECA will not reimburse shipping/transport for work that is sold; purchaser is responsible for pickup or shipping charges.

Participating artists must agree to allow NCECA, the Soo Visual Arts Center, and visitors to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. Images of accepted works will be retained by NCECA for promotional purposes, posting on the NCECA website and sharing with media related publications. NCECA may create a digital catalog and/or an online version of the exhibition using images of accepted work.

NCECA will produce a color catalogue documenting the exhibition experience through color images of artwork. Each artist in the exhibition will receive one (1) complimentary copy of the catalogue. Additional copies of the catalogue will be available for purchase-on-demand online.

Online Submittal deadline: September 26, 2018 (11:59pm Mountain Time)

Acceptance notification: early November, 2018

Contracts due: early December 2018

Loan period: March 15 - April, 30 2019

Shipped and hand delivered works: All works must arrive March 15-17 and March 20-21, 2019 (Gallery is closed March 18-19). Wednesday- Saturday between 11am-5pm or by appointment. Contact Carolyn Payne [email protected] 612.871.2263

Artists needing to travel to install will be responsible to finance that travel and their housing and board themselves.)

Exhibition dates: March 25 - April 20, 2019

Conference dates in Minneapolis, MN: March 27-30, 2019

Award jurying dates: March 27, 2019

Awards reception: TBD

Pick up work and start packing/shipping: April 21, 2019

Damage Claim: Immediately upon return

Return shipping reimbursement request: Before June 1, 2019

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