Artist Fellowships

NCC proudly facilitates six grant programs for current students, recent graduates, emerging, and mid-career artists, all of which are listed below. If you are interested in having a grant information session at your organization (in Minnesota or almost anywhere in the country), we are always happy to take our show on the road (whether in-person or electronically) to share these opportunities.

There are several operating principles that are common to our grant programs as a whole: 

  • We believe that artistic merit is of primary importance in grant-making decisions. 
  • We believe that panelists should be chosen to represent a diversity of expertise, gender, race, and geography. 
  • We believe that contemporary craft is increasingly influenced by multi-cultural shifts, requiring us to evaluate artistic excellence from an increasingly broad range of aesthetic criteria. 
  • We are committed to supporting a diverse pool of ceramic makers, whether through grants, exhibition opportunities, residencies, partnerships, or educational initiatives. 

As such, Northern Clay Center has adopted the following policy related to its grant-making activity. 

Northern Clay Center encourages applicants who represent the full range of artistic styles, and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists whose work demonstrates strong artistic merit. Accordingly, awards for our grant programs will represent, as possible, artists and initiatives that are diverse in genre, expertise, gender, race, ethnicity, and geography.  

Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant

The Jerome Foundation has supported emerging ceramic artists from Minnesota since 1990. The Ceramic Artist Project Grant program supports Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. Three cash awards at $6,000 each. The deadline to apply for the 2020 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program will be in mid-February, 2020.​  More information is available here.

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists

In its 23rd year of programming, the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists will support outstanding Minnesota ceramic artists who identify with any methodology: functional, sculptural, relational — all techniques are welcome. The award is for artists who have already proven their abilities and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Two $25,000 fellowships annually.

The deadline to apply for the 2020 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists program is Friday, May 22, 2020, by 5 pm.​ More information is available here.

Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

The WMAA, founded in 2014, provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within the grant year, further expanding their professional development. This award is available to current undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates (within one year), or those who have completed a university-equivalent training in ceramics (including apprenticeships) within the year prior to the application deadline. One or two cash awards of up to $4,000 in 2020.

This award is made possible through the support of generous individual and institutional donors in honor of MacKenzie’s legacy of ceramic education, both traditional and non-traditional.

The deadline for the 2020 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award application is Friday, April 10, 2020, by 5 pm.  More information is available here.