MN NICE

Nov 18 to Dec 30

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 18, 12 – 4 pm
In conjunction with the Holiday Open House

Now entering its fifth year, MN NICE is an advanced certificate program that provides rigorous, personalized instruction for artists, who are serious about taking the next step in their ceramic education. The program is designed to respond to the changing needs of emerging makers and give non-traditional students high-level training in ceramic materials, history and theory, and professional practice. Through instruction and individual mentorship, artists build the skills, knowledge, and insight necessary to create a personal and cohesive body of work.

MN NICE extends beyond the classroom to take advantage of the rich ceramic resources throughout the Twin Cities: including artist lectures, gallery tours, and studio visits with established ceramic artists (from both academic and non-traditional routes of study), artists of other media, and artist administrators. The program is spearheaded by Program Head Ursula Hargens, and strives to prepare artists both artistically and professionally whether they are seeking gallery representation, applying for graduate school, or selling work to the public.

Our MN NICE emerging artists join this program because a horizon line is taking shape for them, and they feel compelled to pursue a sharpened focus. They make an intense commitment to bring their work under a collective critical eye in the hopes of stepping toward a new future on terms they have defined through this program, with a new professional peer network, and a deeper understanding of the potential held by a daily life engaged in contemporary ceramics.

This particular exhibition features the work of eight emerging ceramic artists from the fourth graduating MN NICE class and one from the 2016 – 2017 class. The investigations of these MN NICE graduates have been dominated by function, albeit through a variety of lenses. Shamanism, beauty, narrative, race, scale, heritage, pattern, floral motifs, and simplicity are all concepts that have been navigated in the quest to create forms with presence. Viewers will also bear witness to provocative sculptural works, which push viewers' sensitivities, alongside objects of delicate strength. Participating artists include: Logan Chyla, Peter D’Ascoli, Rebecca David, Margaret Gavin-Hanner, Michaela Maupin, Risa Nishiguchi, Andrew Rivera, Sue Schweitzer, and Jenny Weber.