Announcing 2016 Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color Resident, Ellie Bryan

NCC is excited to award the inaugural Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color Residency to Ellie Bryan of Minneapolis. Bryan earned her AA from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and her BFA from the University of Minnesota. During her year-long residency at NCC, she will explore soda- and wood-firing techniques, while working with ideas of animism, ancestry, and tradition. Bryan's award also includes a trip to next spring's NCECA Conference in Portland with NCC staff. Congratulations Ellie!

You can see more of Ellie's work on her website: http://www.blackbanjoarts.com

The Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color Residency is designed to provide an individual emerging artist with the opportunity to be in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center, where s/he can develop his/her own work, exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists, and pursue further educational opportunities.

Ellie will have 24/7 access to a shared, furnished studio space and kiln facilities from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017. In addition to the workspace, the award includes a cash honorarium of $1,000, and a materials/firing stipend. Ellie will also receive access to NCC classes, workshops, or individual mentorship sessions with NCC teaching artists to further her work and professional skills. 

As part of her award, Ellie will also attend the 2017 conference of the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Portland, OR. The annual NCECA conference draws approximately 5,000 ceramic artists, students, collectors, and enthusiasts for a weekend of exhibitions, presentations, and demonstrations.

Finally, her work will be included in a group exhibition at Northern Clay Center that will take place in January and February of 2018. Work from this exhibition may tour around the state of Minnesota, contingent upon continued funding.