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
  • are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators

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 Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp at kylerudyk@northernclaycenter.org for more information.

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