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Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant

We are proud to announce a recent two-year grant from the Jerome Foundation in support of Northern Clay Center’s 2017 and 2018 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant programs. The Ceramic Artist Project Grant program, in existence since 1990, supports Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. The program will provide three grants of $6,000 each in 2017 – 2018 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2017 and 2018.

Projects may include, but are not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials; working or studying with a mentor; purchasing equipment to facilitate an aesthetic or technical investigation; providing studio time, studio rental, supplies, and technical support; collaborations between ceramic artists and artists working in other media; and pursuing education, exhibition, or travel opportunities.

An exhibition of work produced during the grant period will take place at Northern Clay Center at the conclusion of the grant. Additionally, recipients will provide a brief image talk about their work in conjunction with the exhibition

The Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN, has supported the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program for over 25 years.  The Foundation supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:

  • who take risks and embrace challenges;
  • whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
  • who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.

Eligibility

Eligibility is restricted to clay artists who have completed all formal academic training by the start of the grant period (April 1, 2017), who are not enrolled either full- or part-time in degree-granting institutions (including BA, MFA, and teaching certification programs), who are not employed full-time as ceramics teachers at the college level, and who meet residency requirements. Applicants are NOT required to have a degree. The project grants require at least six months of residency in Minnesota prior to the application deadline.

Please note: a college degree is NOT required to apply for this or any NCC award. We encourage applicants who would like to make clay and creativity a continuing part of their lives, even if they do not or have not pursued it in a post-secondary institutional setting.

Previous recipients of the NCC-distributed Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant are required to wait three years before applying again. (A 2016 award recipient cannot apply again until the 2019 Project Grant cycle.)

Schedule and Application Process

Applications for the 2017 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program must be received by 5 pm on Friday, February 17, 2017.

ATTENTION!   The online system will not accept any applications beyond 5 pm, nor will incomplete applications be accepted.  In addition, hard copy applications, which can be downloaded here, must be received by 5 pm. Application materials will be reviewed by a three-member panel, which will select the recipients on the basis of perceived merit. Funding will be extended to three projects, at $6,000 each. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in late March of 2017. Projects must be started and completed between April 1 and December 31, 2017.

For more information, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org or 612.339.8007 x314.

You must submit the following:

  • The  application form via online form or hard copy.  If you prefer, click here to download a PDF of the application form to submit in person or via mail. 
  • A proposal, maximum of three single-spaced 8 1/2" x 11" pages that includes the following information:
    • Detail description of the proposed project.
    • Detailed budget of the project.
    • The anticipated outcome or impact of the project on your professional development.
  • 10 digital images via webform submission or CD. Please do not display your name on the image. Images will be projected on the wall and viewed one at a time. Image files should be labeled with last name, first initial, and numbers indicating your preferred viewing order (example: doej1.jpg). Do not include any other information in the filename. Digital images must be saved as JPGs at 96 pixels per inch (ppi) and should not measure greater than 1024 pixels along the image’s longest dimension. Additional information regarding image size and format is available at size and format, please visit our digital image submissions page. If submitting a CD, discs will not be returned.
  • Image list for all digital images that must include artist name, titles, date of work, dimensions of work, medium, and image orientation. The image list should be formatted as a PDF.
  • A current resume (maximum of two pages formatted as a PDF), with your name at the top of each page.
  • An artist statement (maximum of one page formatted as a PDF).

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