Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award Recipients

May 4 to Jun 24

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 6 – 8 pm

The Clay Center’s spring exhibition of Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award (WMAA) alumni artists will share with our constituents the successes, challenges, and new directions in creative pursuits of this unique and beneficial granting program.

The WMAA, founded in 2014, honors local notable potter Warren MacKenzie and his legacy of ceramic education, both traditional and non-traditional. The award provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within the grant year, further expanding their professional development. This award is available to current undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates (within one year), or those who have completed a university-equivalent training in ceramics (including apprenticeships) within the year prior to the application deadline. During the grant year, the recipients can research a new technique or process, study with a mentor or in an apprenticeship setting, travel to other ceramic art centers or institutions for classes and workshops, collaborate with artists of other media, and travel.

Since its inception, the program has supported nine emerging ceramic talents from across the country whose research has spanned the spectrum of ceramic technique, aesthetic, and education. This program was established as a short-tenured, 5-year initiative, with the 2018 granting round to be our final year. We were heartened by the generosity of several donors who made this award possible, including some generous souls who committed to five years of support for this program: Lacoste Gallery, Minnesota Potters of the upper St. Croix River, Northern Clay Center, Schaller Gallery, TRAX Gallery, Dan & Caroline Anderson, Posey Bacopoulos, George Beers, Wayne Branum, Gail Kendall and Kent Miller, and Mark Pharis.

5+ years of granting to emerging ceramic artists from across the country. Interested in making a one-time or multi-year pledge? Contact NCC’s director, Sarah Millfelt, at sarahmillfelt@northernclaycenter.org.

WMAA exhibiting artists include:
2014 recipients Kevin Kao, Roberto Lugo, and David Peters; 2015 recipients Stuart Gair and Jacob Raeder; 2016 recipients Patrick Kingshill and Candice Methe; and 2017 recipients Adrienne Eliades and Grace Tessein.

Many thanks to Richard Bardy for the generous and accommodating loan of Roberto Lugo’s artwork for this exhibition.