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Emerging Artist Residencies (EAR)

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 own work, as well as exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists. 

Each residency recipient will have a shared, furnished studio space with 24/7 access to NCC’s facilities from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. In addition to the workspace, each fellowship includes a materials and firing stipend and professional development and enrichment opportunities through NCC’s education, exhibitions, and sales gallery programs, for qualified and interested fellows. A group exhibition featuring work produced during the fellowship period will take place in January 2021, at Northern Clay Center, at the conclusion of the grant period. Recipients have the opportunity to present a brief slide lecture on their work in conjunction with the exhibition.

The Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship (formerly the Anonymous Potter Studio Fellowship) will be awarded to two emerging ceramic artists working in a functional, sculptural, relational, or installation-based manner. NEW IN 2019! The Fogelberg Studio Fellowship will support 1 - 2 emerging ceramic artists from Minnesota working in a strictly functional manner, who are interested in pursuing a career in studio pottery. 

If you have questions about the eligibility of your work, or how this residency can be successful for you, please contact the Coordinator of Artist Services and Storytelling, Jill Foote-Hutton, at

With the intention to nurture the creative expression of aspiring ceramic artists, these programs are made possible by generous contributions from several anonymous donors, from Smith Sharpe Firebrick Supply, as well as various secondary market sales at Northern Clay Center.

PLEASE NOTE: by submitting one application, your work will be considered for both the Fogelberg Fellowship and the Anonymous Artist Fellowship, as appropriate. The deadline to apply for the Emerging Artist Residencies is Friday, April 12, 2019, by 5 pm.


  • Eligibility is restricted to clay artists who have completed all formal academic training by the start of the grant period (September 1, 2019), who are not currently enrolled full- or part-time in a degree-granting institution (including BA, MFA, or a teaching certification program), and who are not employed full-time as a ceramics teacher at the college level.
  • 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.
  • You CAN APPLY for all, but CANNOT RECEIVE any combination of the Emerging Artist Residencies,  NCC’s Education Technician/Resident Artist position, and the Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award.
  • Current Emerging Artist Residents cannot apply again until three years after the date of their award. (A 2018 residency recipient could not apply again until the 2021 grant cycle.)   

Schedule and Application Process

The deadline to apply for the Emerging Artist Residencies is Friday, April 12, 2019, by 5 pm.

ATTENTION! The online system will not accept any applications beyond 5 pm CST, nor will incomplete applications be accepted. In addition, hard copy applications, which can be downloaded here, must be received by 5 pm CST. Application materials will be reviewed by a three-member panel, who will select the recipients on the basis of perceived merit. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by mid-May of 2019.

For additional information, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at


  • The application form via online submission or in hard copyIf you prefer, click here to download a PDF of the application form to submit in person or via mail. File should be labeled with last name, first initial, and APPLICATION (example: doejAPPLICATION.pdf)
  • A residency proposal explaining the intended focus and growth of your work during the residency year. Describe the difference this fellowship will make in your development as a professional artist. (1 page maximum, formatted as a PDF.) File should be labeled with last name, first initial, and PROPOSAL (example: doejPROPOSAL.pdf)
  • 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 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 document).File should be labeled with last name, first initial, and STATEMENT (example: doejSTATEMENT.pdf)

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