NCECA Annual Conference


NCECA 2014 – 48th Annual Conference
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Deadline: October 2, 2013, 11:59pm MDT

THE THEME: Material World

Material World, NCECA’s 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee will be dedicated to the investigation of the complex ways that materials acquire meaning through the things that we make and those that surround us in our daily lives.  Exhibitions and programs will expand on traditional definitions of fine and decorative arts, craft and design in the context of the 21st century. 

The material world has the ability to cause an interruption in our presumed understanding of something, as it is literally impossible to ignore. The weight of a cup, the thin layers of glaze on a surface and the weight of sculpture all mediate a relationship between the object and viewer.  While we make things, things have the ability to make us as well, influencing our understanding of place, time and culture.

Thematically, Material World will explore the moment when an object stands out against the backdrop of the world in which it exists and is able to be seen and understood in surprising and new ways.
NCECA is seeking a diverse group of leaders from its membership that will appeal to our conference attendees.  Students (Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate), Studio Artists, Educators (K-12, Community College, University), Gallerists, Curators, etc. are all encouraged to apply!

Leaders of Topical Discussions should propose the topic for discussion and provide a brief introduction to that topic.  The Topical Discussion format takes place in a roundtable format.  Topics should be developed to appeal to others and promote an informal group discussion.  Topical Discussion leaders might expect to take questions from the attendees.

As a discussion leader of NCECA Connections, you will initiate and promote a lively conversation amongst attendees!  Group Leaders will act as moderators of the discussion and ensure that all attendees have a chance for participation.  NCECA Connections aims to bring together participants and promotes sharing of ideas, techniques and practices.

• Sessions are 1 hour in length.  Proposed topics and discussions should utilize the time allotted.
• Presenters should create proposals that are not dependent upon technology (i.e. projectors and laptops will not be available).

Everyone is eligible EXCEPT for those who participated in the program in Houston, Texas during NCECA 2013.  Participation is generally limited to only one presentation.
No honorarium, conference pass or other compensation is provided for services

• Proposals related to the Conference Theme of “Material World” will receive preference.
• Proposal descriptions should be 200-400 words. Please also supply a 50-word description for the Program Guide.

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The deadline for your proposal is: Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 11:59 pm MST

Proposal abstracts, images and support materials will be made available to a committee including at least one NCECA board member for review prior to making.  Make sure your online submittal is complete.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  You will be notified of the committee’s decision by email as soon as possible.

If you have questions about leading either a Topical Discussion or NCECA Connection group, contact: Kate Vorhaus,

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Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections for 2010 Philadelphia Conference is archived HERE.