NCECA Events For Students

NCECA Events For Students

With the 2018 NCECA conference in Pittsburgh just around the corner, we want to let you know about some of the awesome student-centered opportunities that are available at the conference this year:

Student Critique Room

Thursday March 15, & Friday March 16, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in room 310 of the Pittsburgh Convention Center.

The Critique Room is an opportunity for students to receive direct feedback about their work from a professional in the field.  Students may sign up for one 30-minute slot, and must come prepared with a USB stick with their images. Computer terminals will be available, but there is no WIFI! We will also have drop-in slots, which will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The online sign-up is now open and can be found here. – spots are filling fast, so don’t miss your chance!

Presentation: NCECA Opportunities for Students
Wednesday March 14, 1:00 – 1:30 pm, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom A

NCECA has many opportunities specifically designed for undergraduate, graduate and post-bac students. This short presentation will review ways for students to participate in NCECA, receive critiques, funding, and much, much more. Find out how to make the most of your NCECA Student Membership, and mark your calendars for upcoming deadlines.  A must-see presentation for all students!

National Student Juried Exhibition – Opening Reception

Join us in celebrating the exceptional talent of our student members at the 2018 National Student Juried Exhibition, juried by Sam Harvey and Martina Lantin.

Reception: Thursday March 15, from 6-9 pm

Location: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Ave

Presentation: Putting Together a Winning Proposal
Thursday March 15, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm, Room 304-305

This presentation is designed to give you an understanding for how to put together a successful proposal. The focus will be on NCECA’s application for general and student programing but the information is applicable to submitting various types of grants, and exhibition proposals. We will cover the in’s and the outs, the do’s and the don’ts, the good bad, and the ugly. A short question and answer period following the presentation will allow the audience to ask specific questions.

We look forward to seeing you all in Pittsburgh!


Naomi Clement & Brandon Schnur

NCECA Student Directors at Large

Students – APPLY NOW!

Students – APPLY NOW!

The NCECA Student Show (NSJE) application deadline is September 27th

Are you a current undergraduate, graduate, or post-bac student in the United States? Stop procrastinating, and apply now for the National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE)! This year’s exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 2018 conference Crosscurrents: Clay and Culture at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, March 9 – April 22, 2018.

Take the opportunity to have your work viewed by this year’s jurors, Martina Lantin and Sam Harvey. In addition to the opportunity to showcase your work on a national stage the NSJE also features over a dozen awards.

The process is easy; simply follow this link for the application guidelines: APPLY HERE.

The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, located at 6300 Fifth Avenue in the neighbourhood known as Shadyside, exhibits the work of prominent and emerging contemporary artists. The 2018 NSJE will be displayed in a series of rooms throughout the entire second floor of this dynamic space. Students are encouraged to apply with work from across the ceramic spectrum. Mixed media works will be accepted as long as clay is the dominant material, and works involving photography or video that references ceramic materials, process, history and/or extend expressive capacities of work in clay, are welcome.

A sample of just some of the work in the 2017 NSJE:


NCECA Student Opportunities!

NCECA Student Opportunities!

With the start of school fast approaching (and already begun for some of you), we want to make sure that you know about all of the fantastic NCECA opportunities available for students working with ceramics in higher education. There are lots of ways to get involved, show your work, present your research, and even get funding for your project, so be sure to mark these important dates on your calendar.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Student Interests Program Proposals Due Sep. 25

Apply now to present at the 2018 NCECA conference in Pittsburgh! Student Interests programing addresses the concerns of students on a wide variety of related topics, and proposals can be for lectures, co-lectures or panel discussions. Accepted presenters are eligible to receive a complimentary 2018 conference pass provided they are or become NCECA members at the time of acceptance.

> Learn more on our website!


Student Show Application Deadline Sep. 27

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 2018 National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE), the premier showcase for rising talent in the ceramic arts. Jurors are Sam Harvey and Martina Lantin.

The 2018 NCECA NSJE is open to undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in the United States of America. Students enrolled at institutions on which the jurors currently serve as faculty are not eligible to apply. The applicant must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art at the time of submittal. 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.

>> Apply Now

Fellowship Awards for Undergraduate & Graduate Students – Due Oct. 25

Project proposals are due Oct. 25 for both the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $1,800 each are available) and the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $2,000 each are available). Two letters of recommendation are required with each application; we strongly suggest that you submit your proposal in a timely fashion to provide enough time for recommenders to complete the Confidential Letter of Recommendation Upload form by the Oct. 25 deadline.

>> Learn more about the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship

>> Learn more about the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship


Serve on the NCECA Board – Applications Due Oct. 4

NCECA is presently seeking highly qualified candidates for the Student Director at Large position on its Board of Directors which will come open in Spring 2018. If you are a community oriented, service minded student, excited about shaping the future of our field, this position presents a great opportunity. Candidates must be 21 years old and be enrolled in a higher education program in ceramics for at least one semester of the two-year board term.

>> Learn more on our website!

If you have any questions about these opportunities, or student concerns in general, please reach out to one of our great Student Directors at Large:

Naomi Clement                                           Brandon Schnur                     

Student Critiques – Sign Up Now!

Student Critiques – Sign Up Now!

Student Crit Room

Click the image above to sign-up now!

I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Portland! I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to most – the great conference programing, all the amazing exhibitions, seeing old friends, or the chance to visit Portland itself!

I am however, especially excited about the opportunity for students to critique with professional artists and educators from around the country.  The Student Critique Room gives students at all levels an opportunity to discuss images of their work, gain a new perspective, and prepare for graduate school, job applications, gallery representation and more.

Student Critiques will be held Thursday March 23, & Friday March 24, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in room in room C124 (Level 1) of the Portland Conference Center. Critiques will be 25 minutes long, with a 5-minute break between each session.

The sign-up form is now live and can be found HERE. Sign-up is on a first come/first served basis, so we encourage you to sign up now! This year we are also introducing drop-in slots, which will be available on a first come, first served basis each day.

IMG_7387-this one-blog-smallPlease come to the conference with your images already prepared and saved to a flash drive.  All critiques will be of digital images; please do not bring actual artwork. Laptops will be provided, but NCECA does not provide Internet access in the Student Critique Room.

If you have any questions about the Student Critique Room, please contact:

NCECA Student Directors-at-Large

Naomi Clement,
Shalya Marsh,

Calling All Professors and Ceramic Professionals!

Calling All Professors and Ceramic Professionals!

Mentors Needed For Student Critique Room!

NCECA is currently recruiting mentors for our Student Critique room at the Portland conference.

How it works: Mentors volunteer for one or more 30 minute time slots, when they will be available to meet one-on-one with students to give them a critique of their work. Students come prepared with digital images of their work for the critique. Students and mentors then have 30 minutes to discuss the work, and other professional concerns/questions the student may have.

Signing up to be a mentor is easy – visit this website for more information.

Who can sign up: Maybe you are a ceramics professor at a post-secondary institution, maybe you teach community classes, are a studio potter, installation artist, arts professional, or gallery owner… The main requirement is that you are eager to give back to the next generation of makers.

Why should you sign up: Because you will change a student’s life. No, this isn’t hyperbole – you really will. The student critiques are a big highlight of the conference for many students. In fact, we’ve already been getting lots of emails from eager students hoping to sign up.

When: The student critique room will be open Thursday and Friday March 23 & 24, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in room in room C124 of the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Sign up now: It is easy to sign up, Click Here for more information and to see a list of time slots available.

If you are interested in participating, but have questions, please contact NCECA Student Director at Large Naomi Clement at