Announcing the Recipients of the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowship and Residency for Ceramic Artists Award

Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowships: Donovan Palmquist (Farmington, MN) and Brett Freund (Minneapolis, MN).  The recipients of the 2019 McKnight Artist Residency are: Alessandro Gallo (Helena, MT), Ted Adler (Wichita, KS), Leandra Urrutia (Memphis, TN) and Hidemi Tokutake (Kariya, Japan). These four artists will each be in residence at Northern Clay Center for three consecutive months.

Donovan Palmquist Brett Freund Alessandro Gallo
Ted Adler Leandra Urrutia Hidemi Tokutake

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.

This year’s panel was composed of three talented jurors who brought thoughtfulness and optimism to their deliberations. The voices our jurors brought to life the history of decorative craft, the process of working in clay, and a commitment to contemporary and traditional craft. 

Cynthia Bringle is one of America's pre-eminent potters and a legendary teacher whose sphere of influence stretches around the globe. She has lived in the Mitchell County North Carolina community of Penland since 1970 and has been declared a North Carolina Living Treasure by the University of North Carolina. Her pottery is part of private and public collections around the world, including the White House, the Mint Museum of Craft & Design, and the Smithsonian International traveling exhibition.

Marilyn Lysohir lives in Moscow, Idaho. She studied at Ohio Northern University, Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy and at Washington State University. She taught at various schools such as the Kansas City Art Institute, the Ohio State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. Marilyn has been an artist-in-residence or visiting artist at the Kohler Foundation, the Kansas City Art Institute, and Kent State University. Her work can be found in the collections of the Butler Museum of American Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Kohler Company, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, as well as numerous private collections. And, in addition to her making, she founded the company Cowgirl Chocolates, an award winning candy company.

Jason Busch was recently named as the new Director for the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Prior to his most recent post he was the gallery director for Jason Jacques Gallery. He also has two decades of experience in the arts, serving as curator of decorative arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Minneapolis Institute of Art, chief curator at Carnegie Museum of Art, deputy director at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and division director for decorative arts at Sotheby’s. Busch received a Master of Arts degree from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Miami University. He was a 2013 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York.