The Fellowship is intended to increase diversity, equity, and access across the field of the ceramic arts. The explicit goal of the Artaxis Fellowship program is to increase the visibility of unique perspectives across the field. This year, we offered two fellowships, each one worth up to $2,000, to fund a two-week summer workshop in ceramics at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The fellowships will cover room, board, and tuition for a two-week workshop, and up to $500 for travel to and from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, USA.
All 57 applications were reviewed by the Artaxis Board of Directors, and juried by our Fellowship Selection Committee – Fellowship Selection Committee, Neha Kudchadkar, Eva Kwong and Crystal Morey. These three prominent members of the field poured over the applications and deliberated to select just two recipients for the $2,000 Fellowship.
- The Fellowship is intended to increase diversity, equity, and access across the field of the ceramic arts. Therefore, Artaxis encourages artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.
- Artists 18 years of age or older, at any stage of their career. Nominee does not need to be a student.
- Artists must be able to demonstrate financial need and, if requested by the board, provide a copy of the first page of your most current tax return or other financial document.
- The Fellowship is designed to offer an experience that would otherwise not be possible for the Nominee. To that end, any Nominee who has attended numerous workshops will not be considered in need.
- This Fellowship is open to National and International applicants. Artaxis will provide International applicants with letters of invitation, but cannot offer additional funding or support with acquiring a visa.
The 2018 Artaxis Fellowship is supported by Artaxis members and funded by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in an effort to nurture talent within creatively driven individuals by offering financial support to underrepresented artists.
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Meet the 2018 Artaxis Fellowship Selection Committee:
Eva Kwong grew up in Hong Kong and New York. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the Tyler School of Art. Eva is known for her compelling, colorful and sensuous organic forms in her sculptures, vases and installations. Her work has been awarded fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, Arts Midwest, National Endowment For the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is a McKnight Fellow at the Northern Clay Center in 2017. Her work can be found in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Archie Bray Foundation, The Finnish Craft Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Fule International Ceramics Museum, etc. She currently lives in Ohio with her wonder dog Wooz and make objects large and small to infiltrate private and public spaces.
Crystal Morey finds inspiration in the quickly changing and intricately complicated relationships humans and animals share in our natural world. She received her BFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the California College of the Arts and her MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University. Her work has been featured in New Age of Ceramics, 500 Figures in Clay, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, American Art Collector, Hey Magazine, Palace Costas, Beautiful Bizarre, and Sculpture Review. Morey has been an artists in residence at The LH Project, Watershed, and Penland School of Craft. Currently living in Oakland, California she maintains an active studio practice exhibiting her work in galleries and museums regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Neha Kudchadkar places herself in her social, political, material, cultural, and physical environment through her work – sometimes playful, sometimes somber. She often uses her body as the subject and object of her work and as a tool for the making of it. Kudchadkar is a visual and performing artist currently based in Mumbai. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, and the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U. Baroda. She is a recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship. Neha is founder, director of beej, a performing arts initiative in Mumbai.
The 2018 Artaxis Fellowship is generously supported by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine.
Meet the 2017 Artaxis Fellow, Soe Yu Nwe:
Learn more about Soe Yu Nwe and her work here: https://www.soeyunwe.com/
Meet the 2016 Artaxis Fellow, Natalia Arbalaez:
Learn more about Natalia and her work here: http://nataliaarbelaez.com/