Announcing the 2016 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellowship and Residency Recipients

2016 McKNIGHT CERAMIC ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AND RESIDENCY RECIPIENTS
Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 McKnight Fellowships: Nicolas Darcourt (Minnetonka, MN) and Sheryl McRoberts (Minneapolis, MN).  The recipients of the 2016 McKnight Residency are:  Kosmas Ballis (Ft. Meyers, FL), and Anthony Stellaccio (Crownsville, MD). These two artists will each be in residence at Northern Clay Center for three consecutive months.

Nicolas Darcourt Sheryl McRoberts Kosmas Ballis Anthony Stellaccio

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 are 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 2016 selection panel: Linda Arbuckle, studio potter and former professor at the University of Florida; Garth Clark, writer, gallerist, and Editor-in-Chief of CFile; and Catherine Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Additional information is available on our website.
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ABOUT NORTHERN CLAY CENTER
Northern Clay Center's mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts.  Ongoing programs include exhibitions of sculpture and pottery by regional, national, and international artists; classes and workshops for children and adults; studio space and grants for artists; and a sales gallery representing many top ceramic artists from the region and elsewhere.  Guided tours, hands-on events and artist demos are available.  The facility is handicapped-accessible.  Additional information about all programs can be found on our website at www.northernclaycenter.org.


The Center is located at 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN 55406. It is one block south of Interstate 94, between 24th and 25th Avenues, just off the Riverside/25th exit.  Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Thursday 10 am to 7pm; Sunday noon to 4 pm; closed Monday.


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, 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.