A LETTER FROM NORTHERN CLAY CENTER'S BOARD CHAIR, Craig Bishop
Leah Hughes has tendered her resignation as Executive Director of Northern Clay Center effective March 6, 2020. The Board of Directors is sad to see Leah go, and wish to thank her for her service, but with recent developments at home we respect Leah’s desire to strike more of a balance between her personal and professional life.
Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships: Kelly Connole (Northfield, MN) and Guillermo Guardia (Saint Paul, MN). Connole investigates memories, raw instinct, and elements of the natural world to create work that celebrates the tactile temperament of clay and connection to other beings. Guardia explores political and social issues relevant to his personal experiences, informed by the events in his life and the places he has lived.
It is with mixed emotions that I publicly announce my pending departure from Northern Clay Center (NCC), effective October 31, 2019. I have devoted the past 20 years of my life to advancing the ceramic arts and have been privileged to do so on behalf of Northern Clay Center. My time here has been a true and constant source of energy, challenge, love, satisfaction, and motivation.
Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants. Three grants in the amount of $6,000 each have been awarded to Lynn Wadsworth, Zoe Powell, and Erin Paradis. The Foundation supports emerging artists in Minnesota and New York City who, among other qualifications:
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.
Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants. Three grants in the amount of $6,000 each have been awarded to Heather Barr, Alex Chinn, and Mitch Iburg.
April showers will bring a whole lot more than May flowers for NCC in 2018; we anticipate a lot of growth for NCC’s outreach program. In the fall of 2017, NCC embarked on a sizeable building remodel to create an outreach prep zone within our existing building — a private space for teaching artists to manage the cumbersome tasks of preparation, firing, and glazing. Additionally, this space will house special outreach and education classes, ultimately freeing up our existing classroom space to support our adult education program.
The ceramics and broader art world lost one of the greats on January 2nd : Betty Woodman, an inspiration to countless ceramic artists and a two-time NEA Fellow.
In 1999 Northern Clay Center had the pleasure of naming Ms. Woodman a Regis Master Artist, honoring her for her contributions to the development of 20th and 21st Century ceramics.