2017 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.

Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 McKnight Fellowships: Xilam Balam (Saint Paul, MN) and Mic Stowell (Minneapolis, MN). The recipients of the 2017 McKnight Residency are:  Derek Au (Shalimar, FL), and Linda Cordell (Philadelphia, PA), Bryan Czibesz (New Paltz, NY), and Zach Tate (Goshen, IN). These four artists will each be in residence at Northern Clay Center for three consecutive months.

Xilam Balam is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist working in a variety of media including ceramics, music, and stone carving. He has received a St Paul Knight Arts Challenge fund award to establish Electric Machete Studios and is a founding MC and producer of Los Nativos.

Mic Stowell creates ceramic sculpture through a meandering process with an aim of finding a new path. He has shown his work extensively in Minnesota and is currently a lecturer in art at the University of Minnesota.

Derek Au’s current work references the history of ceramic slip decoration. He writes “Painted removes the ground of the underlying thrown form, leaving behind only the slip.”

Linda Cordell works in porcelain, creating sculptures of animals challenging the “kitsch desire to cute-up our environment.”  She is an adjunct assistant professor of ceramics at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Bryan Czibesz produces work that combines technology and human physicality, to explore how “the juxtaposition of body and machine invokes binary dialogues about the biological and artificial.” He has delivered workshops across the country and is currently assistant professor of art at State University of New York, New Paltz, NY.

Zach Tate references pop culture and current events to create work on the edge of the irreverent and absurd. He is a visiting lecturer at University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, and the recipient of an Individual Artist Program Grant from the Indiana Arts Commssion.

Additional information, including the deadlines and application process for the 2018 awards is available on our website at www.northernclaycenter.org/ARTIST-SERVICES.

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