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.
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.
This program is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis. Up to four, $6,000 residencies awarded annually.
The deadline to apply for the 2020 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists program is Friday, May 22, 2020 by 5 pm (this is NOT a postmark deadline). More information is available here.
Emerging Artist Residencies
The Emerging Artist Residency program encompasses two unique Fellowships, designed to provide up to four ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their work, as well as exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists.
The Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship will be awarded to two emerging ceramic artists working in a functional, sculptural, relational, or installation-based manner. The Fogelberg Studio Fellowship will support one or two emerging ceramic artists working in a strictly functional manner, who are interested in pursuing a career in studio pottery. One Fogelberg award is made to a Minnesota resident and one is open to emergent potters from across the country.
These programs are made possible by generous contributions from several anonymous donors, as well as various secondary market sales at Northern Clay Center, with the intention to nurture the creative expression of aspiring ceramic artists.The deadline to apply for the 2020 Emerging Artist Residency program is Friday, April 10, 2020, by 5 pm (this is NOT a postmark deadline). More information is available here.