What is an Emerging Artist?

For all of our grants to emerging artists (Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant, Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color Residency, Emerging Artist Residencies) we use a broad and elastic definition of “emerging.” The following is adapted from the Jerome Foundation:

There is no exact and singular definition of an emerging creative artist. Our emerging artist programs support those artists who show significant potential, yet are under-recognized.

Emerging artists:

  • are the principal creators of new work;
  • take risks and embrace challenges;
  • develop voices revealing significant potential;
  • are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.

Examples of recognition include exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications, and productions. Jurors consider not only the number of these acknowledgements, but also timing, size, characteristics, geographic context, and significance. 

Career stage is a factor, but not a limiting one. Many emerging artists fall in the early career category, but not all do. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist.

Wondering if you are an emerging artist?  Contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org for more information.