Current Artist Grant Recipients

Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant

Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants. Three grants in the amount of $6,000 each have been awarded to Susan Feigenbaum, Autumn Higgins, and Lisa Truax.

This grant program, sponsored by the Jerome Foundation, Saint Paul, MN, reflects the Foundation’s mission in seeking to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. 2017 marks the 27th year of support for this program from the Jerome Foundation. Work by each artist will be featured in an exhibition at Northern Clay Center in January 2017, which will also later tour to two sites around Minnesota.

This year’s selection panel consisted of our winter McKnight Resident Artist, Eva Kwong, who is also an educator and an author; visiting artist, Pattie Chalmers, curator of our spring exhibition, Roadside Attractions, and professor at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale; and local potter and NCC teaching artist, Peter Jadoonath, who is a former Jerome recipient himself. We wish to thank each of them for a day of very thoughtful deliberations; their valuable feedback is available to the grant recipients and applicants as a form of professional development. 

Susan Feigenbaum plans to use the time and space provided by the award to consider new compositional presentations for her work and to aggressively pursue corporate commissions. She will also do a deep dive into ceramic chemistry to expand her palette. Finally, Feigenbaum will continue her critical dialogue with her mentorships developed during her time in NCC’s MN NICE program.

Autumn Higgins will establish a permanent home studio, where she’ll aim to branch out from the comfortable scale and directly functional aspects of her work to create pieces that consist of larger, modular, canister-like pieces, blurring the line between function and sculpture while enhancing the narrative aspect of her illustrated surfaces. 

Lisa Truax’s practice investigates personal and cultural relationships to natural and seemingly natural environments. She is interested in further investigating the contrast between our attraction to nature and wildness as an independent concept, as well as our impulse to collect tangible objects from specific places as a method of memory making and the impact that this taking has upon place. Her investigations of local materials will be realized as objects in 3D-printed map forms, cast in porcelain, and presented with organic materials from specific locations in the region.

Future grant rounds will depend on continued Jerome Foundation funding. Information about future grants should be available from Northern Clay Center by Fall 2017. 

2017 marks the 27th year of the Ceramic Artists Project Grant program, funded by the Jerome Foundation. The program supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work and:

  • who take risks and embrace challenges;
  • whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
  • who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • who have some evidence of professional achievement, but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • who are not recognized as established artists by other artists.
McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists

The 2017 McKnight Artist Fellowships have been awarded to Xilam Balam (St. Paul) and Mic Stowell (Minneapolis). Each McKnight Artist Fellow will receive a $25,000 cash stipend, and will be featured in an exhibition in July of 2018. Stay tuned for a free demonstration and lecture by the artists in January of 2018. ​

Three individuals comprised the 2017 selection panel: 

  • Namita Gupta Wiggers,  American crafts curator, educator and writer based in Portland, Oregon.
  • Josh DeWeese, a ceramic artist and educator. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman.
  • Elaine Olafson Henry, a ceramics artist, curator, writer, and the former Editor and Publisher of the international ceramics journals Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL

The McKnight awards are designed to recognize ceramic artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging, i.e. “mid-career.” Both the fellowship and the residency awards strengthen Minnesota’s artistic community by supporting artists and by promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge in our communities. They are funded by The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The deadline for the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists will be Friday, May 25, 2018 by 5 pm.

McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists

Two awards were made for the 2016 McKnight Artist Residencies, for artists to be in residence in 2017 or 2018. We are excited to welcome Kosmas Ballis (Ft. Meyers, FL) and as the final McKnight Resident Artist of 2107.  

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
  • Catherine Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Two awards were made for the 2017 McKnight Artist Residencies, for artist to be in residence in 2018. We are looking forward to another engaging year with Linda Cordell and Bryan Czibesz. Two additional artists are invited through a nomitative process. Derek Au will join us in the winter of 2018 and Zachary Tate will join us in summer 2017. Each artist will be in residency for a three-month period and will present a free lecture to the public during their stay. 

Three individuals comprised the 2017 selection panel:

  • Namita Gupta Wiggers,  American crafts curator, educator and writer based in Portland, Oregon.
  • Josh DeWeese, a ceramic artist and educator. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman.
  • Elaine Olafson Henry, a ceramics artist, curator, writer, and the former Editor and Publisher of the international ceramics journals Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL

The McKnight awards are designed to recognize ceramic artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging, i.e. “mid-career.” Both the fellowship and the residency awards strengthen Minnesota’s artistic community by supporting artists and by promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge in our communities. They are funded by The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Residencies are awarded only to artists from outside of Minnesota. 

The deadline for the 20187 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists will be Friday, May 25, 2018 by 5 pm.

Emerging Artist Residency Awards

Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of our Emerging Artist Residencies and Warren MacKenzie Advancement Awards.

Northern Clay Center’s Emerging Artist Residency programs, the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship and the Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship, are designed to provide emerging ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center. Here they can develop their own work, as well as exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists. Among national clay art centers, NCC offers an urban experience within a diverse and supportive community. The following four artists will be in residence at Northern Clay Center between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018:

Fogelberg Studio Fellowships

Katie Bosley Olivia Tani

Katie Bosley (Atlanta, GA) earned her BFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. She finds beauty in repetition and symmetry. The complex layered surface decoration in her work is inspired by geometry and architecture.

Olivia Tani (Alfred, NY) recently completed her BFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her work is driven by formal exploration and interest in the process of slab building. Tani blends precise building techniques with experimentation to derive her forms.

Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowships

Evan Hauser Austyn Taylor

Evan Hauser (West Missoula, MT) holds an MFA from the University of Montana and a BFA in Ceramics from Herron School of Art and Design. He is interested in “the cultural shift in perspective of land” and how the permanence of ceramic material can extend these ideas into the future.

Austyn Taylor (Napa, CA) describes her sculpture as mischievous and tongue-in-cheek. Her work combines both high- and low-art references to highlight constructed narratives. She earned an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Awardee

Audra Smith (Minneapolis, MN) is the 2017 recipient of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Award through Northern Clay Center. Smith received a BA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and has been a staff member and teaching artist at Northern Clay Center since 2010. Smith’s goals for her work are to make well-made, utilitarian pottery. She continually explores color, pattern, space, and shape in her surface decoration, all of which inform the “ongoing discovery of [her] personal language as a ceramic artist.” 

This award is made possible by the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation, and is presented by Northern Clay Center to a deserving individual pursuing a career in pottery, or studying or researching the historical aspects of the pottery industry.  The Foundation endeavors to broaden appreciation of pottery, past and present, for the general public and maintains the Red Wing Pottery Museum in Red Wing, Minnesota.  This is the eighth year in which the Clay Center has awarded the grant.

Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

Warren MacKenzie Advancment Award

Adrienne Eliades Grace Tessein

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award (WMAA) provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to a year to further expand their professional development. During the grant year, recipients are provided with a $4,000 grant to research a new technique or process, study with a mentor or in an apprenticeship setting, travel to other ceramic art centers or institutions for classes and workshops, collaborate with artists of other media, and travel. 

The 2017 recipients of the WMAA are Adrienne Eliades and Grace Tessein.

Adrienne Eliades (Vancouver, WA) creates functional tableware that aims to “encourage connection with one another and the food we eat,” through inviting forms and surfaces. She holds an MFA at the University of Florida and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Grace Tessein (Baton Rouge, LA) is an MFA candidate at Louisiana State University and has a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Her sculpture brings to life remnants of lives and traces of memories. She works in clay for its versatility in representing texture and ability to replace and stand in for precious objects.