MN NICE Graduates
MN NICE Graduates features the work of seven emerging ceramic artists from the sixth graduating class of the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE) program. Participating artists include: Liane Bromer, Paola Evangelista, Billy Hicks, Rylie Lawrence, Joy Newmann, Chris Salas, and Brenton Titcomb.
Over the 2019 - 2020 cohort year, these individuals have taken a focused journey to define and refine their voice in clay. Through persistent making, critical analysis, investigations into ceramic history and chemistry, and the guidance of mentors and support of peers, their evolved work has taken shape and stands with presence. Collectively, the work exemplifies their determination and risk-taking as well as their passion for materials and processes. This graduate exhibition celebrates their accomplishments as they step into the next stage of their artistic journey, ready to strengthen and shape the future of contemporary ceramics.
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 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. Under the leadership, guidance, and keen instruction of program head Ursula Hargens, MN NICE strives to prepare artists both artistically and professionally, whether they are seeking gallery representation, applying for graduate school, or selling work to the public.