2015 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellowship and Residency Recipients

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists Program is designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community, as well as significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Two grants of $25,000 each will be awarded annually.  The McKnight Artist Residencies for Ceramic Artists program intends to recognize and support ceramic artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.  The program is intended to provide these ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for three months at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their own work and, at the same time, exchange ideas and knowledge with Minnesota ceramic artists.

Three individuals comprised the 2015 selection panel: Sam Harvey, an artist and founder of Harvey/Meadows Gallery; Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and Linda Sormin, Head of Ceramics and Professor at Sheridan College, Ontario.

Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 McKnight Fellowships: Ursula Hargens (Minneapolis) and Mika Negishi Laidlaw (Mankato, MN).  The recipients of the 2015 McKnight Residency are:  Lung-Chieh Lin (Taiwan), and Helen Otterson (Fargo, ND). These two artists will each be in residence at Northern Clay Center for three consecutive months.


Ursula Hargens


Mika Negishi Laidlaw


Lung-Chieh Lin

Helen Otterson

Additional information, including the deadlines and application process for the 2016 awards is available on our website at www.northernclaycenter.org/ARTIST-SERVICES.

About The McKnight Fellowship Program 
Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, The McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 10 different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit www.mcknight.org/artistfellowships.

About The McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform, we attend to, unite, and empower those we serve. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the foundation had assets of approximately $2 billion and granted about $86 million in 2013, of which about 11% was directed to support working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities. Learn more at www.mcknight.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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