MN NICE Graduates
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 17, 12 – 4 pm
In conjunction with the Holiday Open House
MN NICE features the work of six emerging ceramic artists from the fifth graduating class of the MN NICE program. The investigations of this graduating class have examined functional works through a variety of lenses. Their collective interests and individual explorations of varying materials, temperatures, and techniques have generated an exhibition with great breadth. With direction from Ursula Hargens, and guidance from each other and the program’s affiliate artists, each of the represented artists have cultivated an individual and unique approach in their quest to create forms with presence. Participating artists include: Clarice Allgood, Christopher Bond, Shelli Burns, Nicholas Kosack, Jamie Parrish, and Joan Vande Kamp.
The artists on exhibit have participated in 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 to 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 exhibiting MN NICE emerging artists joined this program because a horizon line was taking shape for them, and they felt compelled to pursue a sharpened focus. They made 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.