The 2011 NCECA Biennial

Held in odd-numbered years, the NCECA Biennial is the premier juried exhibition open to all current members of NCECA (both national and international) and to all ceramic artists, 18 years and older, residing in the U.S.   Please note: artists from outside the U.S. (including Canada) must be NCECA members to enter. Entered works must have been completed within the last 2 years. The exhibition is juried from digital images by three prominent professionals in the field. Entry fee is $20 for members and $40 for non-members.  Merit and purchase awards totaling approximately $7,000 are determined by the jurors. NCECA produces a color catalog featuring work by all participating artists. 

The Tampa Museum of Art will host the 2011 NCECA Biennial from January 29, 2011 to April 24, 2011.  This exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 45th annual NCECA Conference in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, March 30 – April 2, 2011.


JURORS: Glen R. Brown 
                 Julia Galloway
                 Arthur Gonzalez



Purchase Awards: National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
                              Ceramics Monthly Magazine 
                              L & L Kiln Mfg Inc
                              Skutt Kilns

Merit Awards:     Old Poag Road Clay & Glass Merit Award
                           Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA
                           Paper Clay Award

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all current members of NCECA (both national and international) and to all ceramic artists, 18 years and older, residing in the U.S.  Please note:  artists from outside the U.S. (including Canada) must be NCECA members to enter.  Entered works must have been completed within the last 2 years.


MEDIA:  Ceramic.  Mixed Media will be accepted only when clay is the dominant material.  Final determinations will be made by the jurors.


NUMBER OF WORKS:  Two works may be submitted with two (2) views allowed per entry. All entries must be submitted electronically using digital images.


ENTRY PROCEDURES: All applicants will enter submissions online electronically through Juried Art Service.  Online submission begins April 15 and ends August 30, 2010.  Artists may enter up to two works with two views per artwork. 


LIMITATIONS:  All work will be given due consideration.  The gallery directors and the curator reserve the right to reject work that the gallery is unable to physically accommodate or which differs from the submitted image.  No substitutions will be allowed.  Work may not exceed 90” in any dimension and wall-mounted pieces are limited to 50 lbs.


CATALOG:  A catalog of the exhibited work will be published.  Artists will be required to provide a professional quality image of each accepted entry. Please read your entry carefully. No changes can be made after the work is accepted. Price should reflect the 30% commission and cannot be changed after acceptance. 


PHOTOGRAPHY:  Participating artists must agree to allow NCECA, the Tampa Museum of Art and gallery visitors to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes.  Images of accepted works will be retained by NCECA for promotional purposes, catalog production, posting on the NCECA website and sharing with media related publications.


INSURANCE AND SALES:  Works will be insured by the Tampa Museum of Art while on display.  The Museum will not conduct sales but will provide contact information to the NCECA Office who will conduct sales.  NCECA will retain a 30% commission on all sales.  Please check the price you entered and make sure it includes the 30% commission. No price changes will be allowed after a work is accepted.


NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified by e-mail after October 1, 2010.


SHIPPING:  The artist is responsible for insured shipping to and from the gallery. All accepted entries must be sent double boxed in sturdy, re-usable packaging.  If packing materials are not acceptable for return shipping the TMA staff will contact the artist and any purchase of new packing materials will be the responsibility of the artist.  De-install will take place the week of April 25, 2011 and will be completed by the TMA prep staff.  Return shipping will be done through FEDEX, UPS and USART utilizing artists’ established accounts or by hand delivery. Artists will coordinate art pickup during indicated time period above. NCECA will reimburse artists up to $100 for return shipping upon receipt of a reimbursement form and the original return shipping receipt. Any claims on shipping damage must be reported by the artist to the carrier and/or the Tampa Art Museum before June 1, 2011.


NCECA MEMBERSHIP:  NCECA membership runs 12 months from the date of joining or renewal. To renew or become an NCECA Member click here




NCECA members $20.00
Non-members (US artists only) $40.00     



Submission Dates April 15 – August 30, 2010

Acceptance notification: After October 1, 2010

Work due: January 3 - 20, 2011

Exhibition: January 29 – April 24, 2011

Reception: March 31, 2011

Conference: March 30 – April 2, 2011

Work returned: April 29 – May 9, 2011

Damage claims before: June 1, 2011

Shipping reimbursement request by: June 1, 2011

Please double check your entry information, no changes can be made after your entry is accepted.


Jurors’ Biographies


Glen R. Brown is a professor of modern and contemporary art history at Kansas State University and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.  His 500 Ceramic Sculptures was published in 2009, and more than 40 of his essays have appeared in books and exhibition catalogs. In addition, he has authored over 300 articles and reviews for magazines such as Ceramics: Art and Perception; Sculpture; Ceramics Monthly; Ceramics Technical; American Ceramics; American Craft; Cerámica; New Ceramics, Ceramic Review; Kerameiki Techni; and World Sculpture News.


Julia Galloway was born and raised in New England. Her utilitarian pottery has been exhibited across the United States and Canada and she has demonstrated at the NCECA and the Utilitarian Clay Conferences. Her work can be found in the collations of The Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC, The Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT , The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and The Woodman Collection: The University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. She earned her undergraduate degree from New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University and Graduate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder. For nine years Galloway taught at the School for American Crafts at RIT and recently she moved to Missoula where she is a Professor of Ceramics and Director of the School of Art at the University of Montana.


Arthur Gonzalez is an internationally exhibiting artist with over thirty-five one-person shows in the last twenty-five years, including seven in Manhattan, New York.  He has received many awards including the Virginia Groot Foundation twice and is an unprecedented four-time recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship within a ten-year period.   He is a Professor of Art at the California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC) where he was chair of the ceramics program from 1995-2006. Gonzalez has been an artist-in-residence in many places including University of Georgia, Athens, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Penland School of Craft, North Carolina, University of Akron in Ohio, Tainan National University in Taiwan, and Pilchuck Glass School in Washington.  

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