Artist Residencies

Northern Clay Center manages several grant programs, which make monetary awards to individual artists. While each is based on varying sets of criteria and eligibility, 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.  

NCC facilitates eight grant programs for current students, recent graduates, emerging, and mid-career artists, all of which are outlined below. Learn about the application process and your eligibility at a free information session in NCC’s Library: Tuesday, January 16, 6 – 7 pm. No reservations are required. Please watch our website for additional info sessions at sites around the metro area and state. If you have questions about the eligibility of your work, or how these opportunities can be successful for you, please contact the Coordinator of Artist Services and Storytelling, Jill Foote-Hutton, at

In 2018, we want to increase our reach into the depth of talent in the region, the nation, and the globe. Step up to an opportunity and apply for one of the many grants and residencies offered at Northern Clay Center. Together we will demonstrate the depth and talent of our clay community to the greater world. We are always available to ask questions and give feedback on your submissions. The opportunities are open to those who have come down the traditional paths of apprenticeship, those who have followed academic training, and those who have intensely pursued their craft in studios across the globe. Mark you calendar today to submit your application by the following deadlines.

McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists

For mid-career ceramic artists outside of Minnesota (two to four residencies awarded annually, through application); the deadline to apply for the 2018 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists program is Friday, May 25, 2018 by 5 pm (this is NOT a postmark deadline). Awards will be made for residencies to take place in calendar year 2019.  More information is available here.

Emerging Artist Residencies

The Emerging Artist Residency (EAR) program encompasses two unique Fellowships, the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship and the Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship. The Fellowships 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 own work, as well as exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists. The deadline to apply for the 2018 Emerging Artist Residency program is Friday, April 13, 2018, by 5 pm (this is NOT a postmark deadline).​ More information is available here.


View a table showing the eligibility requirements for each of our grant programs.