Current Artist Grant Recipients

Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant

Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants. Three grants in the amount of $6,000 each have been awarded to Lynn Wadsworth, Zoe Powell, and Erin Paradis. The Foundation supports emerging artists in Minnesota and New York City who, among other qualifications:

  • take risks and embrace challenges
  • are developing a voice that reveals significant potential
  • are rigorous in their approach to creation and production
Lynn Wadsworth
Fringe Pot 
2018
earthenware, fiber, wire,
18” x 8” x 8”. 

Zoe Powell 
Partition Vessel
2018
Minnesota clay blend, cone 3,
oxidized electric,
13" x 10" x 11".

Erin Paradis
Dotty Pink Arms 
2019 
earthenware, glaze, underglaze,
22”x 12”x 6”.

Lynn Wadsworth plans to continue pushing the boundaries of materiality as she investigates the definitions of fine craft, handicraft, and art. She plans to engage makers from other areas of fine craft in a conversation supporting the development of her work, while sharing that conversation with the Minnesota craft community. The jury found humor, intelligence, and an element of surprise in her work.

Zoe Powell has been exploring local materials, which are rough and richly saturated with iron to create voluminous and elegant forms. She desires support to explore a pristine clay body, porcelain, which she believes may “showcase the inherent grace of my forms, undisturbed by color.” The jurors were equally excited by the forms Powell presented and very curious about the contrast and balance her project will result in as she brings porcelain into conversation with wild clay.

Erin Paradis was one of many applicants interested in developing the business end of her practice while she simultaneously pushes scale and audience. The jury was impressed with the presence of her sculptures and her consistent momentum in the area of professional development. They were taken with the way she draws in space with ceramic forms. 

This year's selection panel consisted of NCC’s recent Visiting Artist Jeff Schmuki, who was part of the exhibition In Service and is an associate professor of art at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA; Armando Ramos, a multi-media artist whose work can be found in the Oakland Museum and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Ramos is an assistant professor in the art department at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California; and Malcolm Mobutu Smith,  an associate professor of ceramic art at Indiana University, Bloomington. His work is represented in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China, and Indiana State Museum.

NCC thanks each of them for being articulate and forward-thinking and strongly encourages all grant applicants to avail themselves of the opportunity to learn from their conversation as their valuable feedback is available to the grant recipients and applicants. 

Additional information on the award is available here.

McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists

The 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships have been awarded to Kelly Connole(Northfield) and Guillermo Guardia (St. Paul). Each McKnight Artist Fellow will receive a $25,000 cash stipend, and will be featured in an exhibition in July of 2020. Stay tuned for a free demonstration and lecture by the artists on January 25, 2020 from 12 - 4 pm in the NCC Library. ​

   
Kelly Connole Guillermo Guardia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three individuals comprised the 2019 selection panel: 

  • Dr. Sequoia Miller is chief curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada. After nearly fifteen years as a full-time ceramic artist in the Pacific Northwest, Miller’s path took an unexpected turn in 2010 when he enrolled at the Bard Graduate Center to investigate persistent questions about the nature of the work of potters, earning an MA in Decorative Arts and Design History. His curatorial research and interests are not too removed from his philosophy as a maker. He was noted to have said that people don't actually purchase pots--“they buy the exploration, of which the pot is an artifact.”
  • Dr. Sharif Bey is an associate professor of art at Syracuse University and is a teaching artist with extensive experience in ceramics, sculpture, art community programming and art teacher training. In 2010, the United States Arts in the Embassies program commissioned Bey to create one of his large-scale "conceptual bead" installations for the United States Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. His research focuses on uncovering and revising art education histories with a particular focus on African American artists and the art education of former communist Europe. His studio work ranges from decorative/functional pottery to conceptual ceramic works that are influenced by ritual and identity. 
  • Linda Lighton has had over 60 solo shows since 1979 and participated in over 150 group shows. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and her work is in many international museums in China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the US. She is the founder and director of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program which has sent 150 artists to 53 countries and the Arctic Circle.

The McKnight awards are designed to recognize ceramic artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging, i.e. “mid-career.” Both the fellowship and the residency awards strengthen Minnesota’s artistic community by supporting artists and by promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge in our communities. They are funded by The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The deadline for the 2020 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists will be Friday, May 22, 2020 by 5 pm.

McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists

Three awards were made for the 2018 McKnight Artist Residencies, for artist to be in residence in 2019. We are looking forward to another engaging year with Ted Adler (Wichita, KS), Leandra Urrutia (Memphis, TN), and Hidemi Tokutake (Kariya, Japan). One additional artist has been invited through a nominative process. Alessandro Gallo (Helena, MT) will join us in the winter of 2019. Each artist will be in residency for a three-month period and will present a free lecture to the public during their stay. 

 

Alessandro Gallo Ted Adler Leandra Urrutia Hidemi Tokutake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three individuals comprised the 2018 selection panel: 

  • Cynthia Bringle is one of America's pre-eminent potters and a legendary teacher whose sphere of influence stretches around the globe. She has lived in the Mitchell County North Carolina community of Penland since 1970 and has been declared a North Carolina Living Treasure by the University of North Carolina. Her pottery is part of private and public collections around the world, including the White House, the Mint Museum of Craft & Design, and the Smithsonian International traveling exhibition.
  • Marilyn Lysohir lives in Moscow, Idaho. She studied at Ohio Northern University, Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy and at Washington State University. She taught at various schools such as the Kansas City Art Institute, the Ohio State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. Marilyn has been an artist-in-residence or visiting artist at the Kohler Foundation, the Kansas City Art Institute, and  Kent State University. Her work can be found in the collections of the Butler Museum of American Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Kohler Company, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, as well as numerous private collections. And, in addition to her making, she founded the company Cowgirl Chocolates, an award winning candy company.
  • Jason Busch was recently named as the new Director for the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Prior to his most recent post he was the gallery director for Jason Jacques Gallery. He also has two decades of experience in the arts, serving as curator of decorative arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Minneapolis Institute of Art, chief curator at Carnegie Museum of Art, deputy director at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and division director for decorative arts at Sotheby’s. Busch received a Master of Arts degree from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Miami University. He was a 2013 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York.

The McKnight awards are designed to recognize ceramic artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging, i.e. “mid-career.” Both the fellowship and the residency awards strengthen Minnesota’s artistic community by supporting artists and by promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge in our communities. They are funded by The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Residencies are awarded only to artists from outside of Minnesota. 

The deadline for the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists will be Friday, May 24, 2019 by 5 pm.

Emerging Artist Residency Awards

Each year, numerous courageous souls step into the world to better define their lives as makers and begin to forge their individualized creative paths. This year more applicants than ever applied for our Emerging Artist Grants and it was a great competition to witness. Northern Clay Center remains proud to offer these opportunities for emerging artists. The life of NCC’s programming is always enriched in return by the annual contributions of new creative energy entering our community. The 2018 spring award recipients from three of our grant programs include artists from the full spectrum of contemporary ceramic arts. NCC will continue to support artists at all stages of their careers.

Emerging Artist Residency Awards
The Emerging Artist Residency (EAR) awards provide a furnished studio space for one year, plus a materials/firing stipend, a group exhibition in January and February 2020, teaching opportunities, a feature in our sales gallery, and other benefits. The awards are comprised of two fellowships--the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship and the Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship.

Fogelberg Studio Fellowships
Our 2019 Fogelberg Studio Fellowship was awarded to Chris Singewald(Minneapolis, MN). Chris seeks answers to form and surface through explorations in materials and firings that forge a path of expression, accomplishment, and understanding. Weare grateful to a variety of institutional and individual donors,including secondary market sales through NCC’s sales gallery, for their support of these particular grant programs.

 

 

 

 

Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowships
This year the applicant pool was so rich in talent, we elected to award three 2018 Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowships to Bri Burke (Rochester, New York), who employs underestimated mediums to illuminate the unacknowledged realities she encounters as a black woman; Soojin Choi (Chang-Won, South Korea), who combines representational imagery with abstracted geometric forms to blind a viewer’s perception; and Peter Ronan (Boise, Idaho), who uses function to create a tangible representation of queer culture beyond the sterilized and commodified versions created for mass consumption.

                           
  Alyce Carrier Nat Nicholson

Alyce Carrier(Minneapolis, MN), who moved to Minnesota from Utah last year, creates porcelain forms imbued with primitive electricity; Natalie Nicholson(Iowa City, IA), allows structures to repeatedly rise, verge collapse, and accumulate debris until they take on their final form.

This year’s selection panel was inspired by applications which demonstrated a sense of imagination that extended beyond the traditional paths of research. They were interested in supporting emerging voices that would amplify overlooked perspectives in the field and applications which demonstrated a thirst for growth and expansion. Even with these guideposts, they found their decision difficult to finalize with so many quality applicants in the pool. 

 

The 2019 juror for the EAR Awards and the WMAA Awards consisted of:

  • Ted Adler(Wichita, KS), our current McKnight Resident Artist. Adler is a Professor of Art and Area Head of Ceramics Media at Wichita State University. He apprenticed with Toshiko Takaezu in her Quakertown, NJ studio and was an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation. He has exhibited work, conducted workshops, and served as visiting artist at numerous ceramic centers and universities around the globe;
  • Jenny Mendes(Chesterfield, OH).  Mendes has been a full time studio artist since 1994. A recipient of four Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship awards, she has exhibited her ceramic artwork internationally at galleries and juried shows. Since finishing a three-year residency at the Penland School of Crafts in 2007, she has completed additional short-term residencies in France, Slovenia, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, The Netherlands, Latvia and the USA. She currently resides in Ohio.

Congratulations to all of our award recipients! Please watch our website and our Winter 2020 newsletter for future deadlines for these grant programs and others. If you would like a presentation on NCC’s grant programs at your school or institution, please contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org.

A special thank you to all of the 2019 applicants—your interest in the grant programs and your applications help keep our arts economy strong by demonstrating the great talent, need, and diverse work that is present—from Minnesota to continents around the world.

Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Awardee

Nick Earl (Stillwater, MN) received his BA in Art from the University of Vermont, Burlington in 2011, and apprenticed with potter Dick Cooter in Two Harbors, MN from 2012-2014. Nick currently maintains his studio at the Abnet Farm just north of Stillwater. His wheel-thrown pots are influenced by medieval Korean, Japanese, and English pottery, as well as by nature, food, and imperfection. 

This award is made possible by the Red Wing Collector Society Foundation, and is presented by Northern Clay Center to a deserving individual    pursuing a career in pottery, or studying or researching the historical aspects of the pottery industry. The Foundation endeavors to broaden appreciation of pottery, past and present, for the general public and maintains the Red Wing Pottery Museum in Red Wing, Minnesota. This is the eleventh year in which the Clay Center has awarded the grant.

 

Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award
Launched in 2014, the Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award honors the educational legacy of Warren MacKenzie. Recipients of the award can research a new technique or process, study with a mentor or in an apprenticeship setting, visit other ceramic art centers or institutions for classes and workshops, collaborate with artists of other media, and travel. The grant period is 12 consecutive months, from June 2019 to May 2020. Two awards were made in 2019.

                                 
  Aaron Caldwell Elliot Corbett

The 2019 recipients of the WMAA are Aaron Caldwell and Elliot Corbett.

Aaron Caldwell (Carbondale, IL) just completed his BA in studio art with a minor in art history at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has been researching various ways of telling Black American narratives with ceramics through imagery, texture, and finishing techniques by learning about central and west coastal African tribes, African American history, and European conquest/invasion history. Caldwell will attend Penland School of Crafts to study Traditional Pottery Making of Nigeria and Ghana with Winnie Owens-Hart. He will supplement his research through travels to all-Black populations in search of valuable, primary source information about the lives of unsung Black American leaders, innovators and pioneers. These unearthed narratives about Black American history will then inform his ceramic practice.

Elliot Corbett (River Falls, WI) uses inspiration from the fluidity of natural cycles and physical formations in the landscape to inform their sculptural and functional forms. Corbett pursues, through art created parallel to nature, an understanding of personal identity and acceptance of the fluid and constant changing nature of identity. Through the WMAA grant, Corbett will expand their perspective with a journey west where, “…there are more extremes of temperature, and quick and dramatic weather changes. I am extremely interested in experiencing a vastly different climate and environment, and see how I can incorporate that change in my concepts of queer identity.”

This year’s selection panel was inspired by applications which demonstrated a sense of imagination that extended beyond the traditional paths of research. They were interested in supporting emerging voices that would amplify overlooked perspectives in the field and applications which demonstrated a thirst for growth and expansion. Even with these guideposts, they found their decision difficult to finalize with so many quality applicants in the pool. 

The 2019 jurors for the WMAA Awards:

  • Ted Adler(Wichita, KS), our current McKnight Resident Artist. Adler is a Professor of Art and Area Head of Ceramics Media at Wichita State University. He apprenticed with Toshiko Takaezu in her Quakertown, NJ studio and was an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation. He has exhibited work, conducted workshops, and served as visiting artist at numerous ceramic centers and universities around the globe;
  • Jenny Mendes(Chesterfield, OH).  Mendes has been a full time studio artist since 1994. A recipient of four Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship awards, she has exhibited her ceramic artwork internationally at galleries and juried shows. Since finishing a three-year residency at the Penland School of Crafts in 2007, she has completed additional short-term residencies in France, Slovenia, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, The Netherlands, Latvia and the USA. She currently resides in Ohio.

Congratulations to all of our award recipients! Please watch our website and our Winter 2020 newsletter for future deadlines for these grant programs and others. If you would like a presentation on NCC’s grant programs at your school or institution, please contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org.

A special thank you to all of the 2019 applicants—your interest in the grant programs and your applications help keep our arts economy strong by demonstrating the great talent, need, and diverse work that is present—from Minnesota to continents around the world.