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McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists

In its 21st year of programming, the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists will support outstanding Minnesota ceramic artists who have already proven their abilities and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Two $25,000 grants will be awarded in 2018. Fellowship support may be pursued for, but is not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials, purchasing materials and equipment, collaborating with other artists, and pursuing education, exhibition, or travel opportunities. The McKnight Fellowship recipients will be featured in a workshop and an exhibition with a corresponding catalogue at the end of their grant year. 

This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.

Applications for the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program are due Friday, May 25, 2018, by 5 pm


  • You must be a resident of Minnesota and have lived in the state for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (May 25, 2018).
  • You must retain residency in Minnesota until the end of the grant period (June of 2019).
  • You must be a ceramic artist. Your work may be either functional or sculptural in nature. Your work may incorporate other materials, but must be primarily ceramic.
  • You must have completed all formal academic training and may not be enrolled either full- or part-time in a degree-granting institution by the time of the application deadline.
  • You must provide evidence of your professional achievements over a period of at least five years, through inclusion in major regional or national museum or gallery exhibitions, or juried or invitational craft shows, or receipt of other awards, grants, or fellowships.
  • Your work must demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and excellence.
  • You may apply to only one of the organizations per year offering fellowship grants that are supported by McKnight funds. In addition, no artist may receive more than $50,000 in McKnight support in any three-year period.
  • Artists who have previously received a McKnight Artist Fellowship award in any discipline cannot apply again until three years after the date of their award. (A 2017 award recipient cannot apply again until the 2020 grant cycle.)
  • Fellowship staff from any McKnight Artist Fellowship program are not eligible.
  • Northern Clay Center staff and board are not eligible, as well as immediate family members of Northern Clay Center staff.
  • Staff and board of The McKnight Foundation are not eligible, as well as immediate family members of foundation arts program staff.

Schedule and Application Process

Applications for the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program are due Friday, May 25, 2018, by 5 pm

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. 

Applications will be reviewed by a three-member panel, which will select recipients on the basis of perceived artistic excellence and demonstrated professional achievement, using artist statements as support material. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in mid July of 2018.

For more information, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at or 612.339.8007 x314.

You must submit the following:

  • The application form via online submission or in hard copy. If you prefer, click here to download a PDF of the application form to submit in person or via mail.
  • 10 digital images. 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. For additional information regarding image size and format, please visit our digital image submissions page.
  • Image list for all digital images and separate entries for work samples. The image list must include artist name, titles, date of work, dimensions of work, medium, and image orientation, and should be formatted as a PDF.
  • A current resume (maximum of five pages formatted as a PDF), with your name at the top of each page.
  • Artist Statement (maximum of 2 pages, formatted as a PDF). This statement should provide background into your working process and work. Use this opportunity to articulate your professional development as an artist, as well as your current artistic goals. A budget is not required.
  • Two or three actual pieces of current work. Please include information for each piece on your image list.
    • We make every effort to display these pieces to their benefit within the limitations of our space. It is recommended that you plan for no more than 30 linear inches, which may include a mix of 2D and 3D samples. If you have special installation requirements, please contact Jill Foote-Hutton in advance of the deadline at 612.339.8007 x314. All work must arrive ready-to-hang with installation instructions if necessary, as artists are not allowed to install their own work for this jury. Applicants are responsible for delivering or sending the work to NCC and for picking it up, or return shipping, after the review is complete. All work samples to be reviewed by the panel must be received by the Center between Monday July 2, 2018 and Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 5 pm. Pieces can be picked up starting July 30, 2018.

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