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Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant

The Jerome Foundation has supported emerging ceramic artists from Minnesota since 1990. The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program recognizes Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. In 2020, the program will provide three grants of $6,000 each, for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2020.

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

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

The deadline for the 2020 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant application is Monday, February 10, 2020, by 5 pm.
You can request a training session on preparing an application at your organization through this form. 

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 is restricted to clay artists who have completed all formal academic training by the start of the grant period (April 1, 2020), 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 2019 award recipient cannot apply again until the 2022 Project Grant cycle.)

Schedule and Application Process

The deadline for the 2020 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant application is Monday, February 10, 2020, 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. 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 2020. Projects must be started and completed between April 1 and December 31, 2020.

For more information, contact Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp at


  • 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. File should be labeled with last name, first initial, and IMAGES (example: doejIMAGES.pdf)
  • A current resume (maximum of two pages formatted as a pdf document), with your name at the top of each page OR a list of 10 Significant Artistic Experiences that have impacted your development as an artist. Choose one option or the other, two options will not be accepted.File should be labeled with last name, first initial, and RESUME (example: doejRESUME.pdf)
  • An artist statement (maximum of one page formatted as a PDF). File should be labeled with last name, first initial, and STATEMENT (example: doejSTATEMENT.pdf)

Please review our tips for using our online forms, and review other FAQs here.

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