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McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists

The McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists program, in its 23rd year at NCC, intends to recognize and support mid-career ceramic artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and who have already proven their abilities in the field. The program is intended to provide these ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for three months at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their own work and, at the same time, exchange ideas and knowledge with Minnesota ceramic artists. Up to three, 3-month residencies will be awarded in 2020, to take place during the 2021 calendar year, through a competitive application process. NCC will invite one or two other artists through a nominative process.

Each resident artist will receive a $6,000 award (for a three-month residency), studio space provided at no cost, and a glaze and firing allowance. During the residency, each artist will present a public lecture, for which they will receive an additional honorarium. At the culmination of the grant period, recipients will be featured in a catalog and group exhibition at Northern Clay Center. The exhibition will also travel to 3 – 5 sites around the state of Minnesota. Recipients are also required to submit a final report at the end of the grant period.

The deadline to apply for the 2020 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program is Friday, May 22, 2020 by 5 pm

This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN. The McKnight Foundation, a family foundation based in Minnesota, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive.


  • You cannot be a resident of Minnesota
  • 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.
  • Are mid-career with a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. 
  • Can only apply to one McKnight Artist Fellowship in any artistic discipline within a year.
  • Have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic discipline in the last five years. 
  • Demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship.
  • Are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or fellowship administrative partners. 
  • Are not enrolled full-time in an academic program.

Schedule and Application Process

The deadline to apply for the 2020 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program is Friday, May 22, 2020 by 5 pm CST (this is NOT a postmark deadline).  The online system will not accept any applications beyond 5 pm CST, nor will incomplete applications be accepted. All applications must be received via our online form, however, a copy of the eligibility requirements and application checklist can be downloaded here.

Applications will be reviewed by a three-member panel, which will select recipients on the basis of perceived artistic excellence and demonstrated professional achievement. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process shortly after the jury convenes. TBA prior to the deadline.

For more information, contact Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp at


  • The online application form.
  • Residency Proposal, Budget, and Outcome (maximum of 3 pages, formatted as a PDF). Please include a detailed description of your goals or projects for the proposed residency and budget for any necessary supplies or equipment. See sample applications for examples of budgets. In addition, describe the anticipated outcome or impact of the McKnight Residency and exhibition on your professional development. File should be labeled with last name, first initial, and PROPOSAL (example: doejPROPOSAL.pdf).
  • 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. 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. Files should be labeled with last name, first initial, and IMAGES (example: doejIMAGES.pdf).
  • A current resume (maximum of five pages formatted as a pdf), 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. Files should be labeled with last name, first initial, and RESUME (example: doejRESUME.pdf).
  • An artist statement (maximum of two pages formatted as a pdf), with your name at the top of each page. Files 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.

Check out this great video from Springboard for the Arts, which can help you think about how you tell your story.

Download sample application from past recipients:
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