The Fellowship is intended to increase diversity, equity, and access across the field of the ceramic arts. In particular, attention will be paid to race, gender, and socio-economic status, with unique circumstances such as wartime military service, medical conditions, and unconventional family structures also considered. Therefore, Artaxis encourages artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.
The 2022 Fellowship Selection Committee is comprised of: Ashlyn Pope, April Felipe, and Shoji Satake. After an initial round of reviews by the Artaxis Board of Directors, our distinguished Fellowship Selection Committee will choose the final recipients for the 2022 Fellowship.
- Artists 18 years of age or older, at any stage of their career. Applicant does not need to be a student.
- Applicant can not be an Artaxis member. If you have already been accepted to Artaxis, you are not eligible for the fellowship.
- Artists must demonstrate financial need in their letter of intent.
- The Fellowship is designed to offer an experience that would otherwise not be possible for the Nominee. To that end, any applicant who has attended numerous workshops, residencies, or similar experiences will not be considered “in need”.
- This Fellowship is open to US-based and international applicants. Artaxis will provide international applicants with letters of invitation, but cannot offer additional funding or support with acquiring a visa.
- Haystack will be requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for all summer workshop attendees.
- Artaxis often asks Fellows to be involved in programming to help promote the fellow, their work, and the Artaxis Fellowship. If selected for the Fellowship, you agree to be involved when asked.
The 2022 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 our 2022 Artaxis Fellowship Selection Committee:
Ashlyn Pope is an African American artist of Gullah descent mainly working with ceramics and textiles. Clay became instrumental in her work while attending Kennesaw State University where she earned her BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Ceramics at Pennsylvania State University. Ashlyn has always been inspired to serve in her community as an advocate for diverse representation and young people in the arts. She used her passion to serve as Student Director-at-large for NCECA from 2018-2020. Currently, Ashlyn is a Professor at Coastal Carolina University.
April Felipe was born in, Queens, New York. She received her B.F.A from Alfred University and her M.F.A in Ceramics from Ohio University. April, taught at Ohio State University and Ohio University. In 2017 she was named one of Ceramic Monthly’s Emerging Artist and began a ceramic jewelry line babyGrapes Designs that are carried in galleries though out the United States. She has participated in residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and The Archie Bray Foundation. April is a Co-Founder of The Color Network.org. She has set down roots in Albany, Ohio with a home studio.
Shoji Satake is the J.Bernard Schultz Endowed Professor of Art and area head of ceramics at West Virginia University School of Art & Design. Shoji has conducted workshops, given lectures and exhibited nationally and internationally. His most recent activities have been included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, group exhibition at Red Lodge Cay Center, and a solo exhibition at the Eutectic Gallery. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Shoji in addition to teaching, maintains an active studio practice with studios in West Virginia and Jingdezhen, China. Shoji will serve on the NCECA Board of Directors as the President 2024-2026.
The 2022 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.
Artaxis Conversations with Nyasha Madamombe and Nicole McLaughlin:Listen to an Artaxis Conversations interview with Artaxis Board President, Bobby Tso and our 2020 Artaxis Fellows, Nyasha Madamombe and Nicole McLaughlin.
Meet 2020 Artaxis Fellow, Nyasha Madamombe:
Nyasha Madamombe, a boundary-breaking interdisciplinary artist, combines tradition and technology to tell the untold story of the collective African experience. The ability to move between disciplines allows her to examine and spotlight issues related to collective memory, tradition, the spiritual and the modern with flexibility. Nyasha’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at the National Art Gallery in the Zimbabwean capital Harare, in Johannesburg, Tennessee, Louisiana and Michigan to wide acclaim. She is a recipient of the 2020 Artaxis Fellowship and the 2021 NCECA Multicultural Fellowship. Nyasha received her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in Stone Sculpture, at the Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe. Nyasha is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Learn more about Nyasha here: https://nyashamadamombe.com/
Meet 2020 Artaxis Fellow, Nicole McLaughlin:
Nicole McLaughlin was born and raised in Massachusetts but spent much of her early childhood in Mexico. As a first generation Mexican-American, she is heavily influenced by her multicultural upbringing and her childhood memories of visiting her mother’s home town of Cuernavaca, Mexico. Nicole received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO. She has exhibited nationally, internationally, and has work in several private collections. Currently, she serves as the Ceramics Teaching Fellow at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA. Nicole continues to draw inspiration from Mexican ceramics, textiles, and cultural traditions in hopes of showing how her life has been shaped by a collision of two cultures.
Learn more about Nicole here: https://www.nicoleamclaughlin.com/
Meet 2019 Artaxis Fellow, Moises Salazar:
Moises Salazar is a non-binary queer artist from in Chicago. They currently attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Undergraduate Program were they primarily focus in ceramic sculpture and painting. Being born queer and to immigrant parents has cemented a conflict within Moises Salazar’s political identity, which is the conceptual focus of their practice. The work of Moises Salazar is meant to to showcase the trauma, history, and current state that undocumented immigrants and queer folk face. It is by examining the intersections of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, queerness and the United States history that Moises Salazar addresses the reality of the barriers that immigrants and queer individuals face with the intention to begin to dismantle the myths and stereotypes used to criminalize and dehumanize them.
Learn more about Moises Salazar and their work here: https://www.moisessalazar.com/
Meet 2019 Artaxis Fellow, Donté Hayes:
Learn more about Donté Hayes here: https://dontekhayes.com/
Meet 2018 Artaxis Fellow, Raven Halfmoon:
Learn more about Raven Halfmoon and her work here: http://www.ravenhalfmoon.com/
Meet 2018 Artaxis Fellow, Kathy Garcia:
Learn more about Kathy Garcia and her work here: http://www.kathy-garcia.com/
Meet 2017 Artaxis Fellow, Soe Yu Nwe:
Learn more about Soe Yu Nwe and her work here: https://www.soeyunwe.com/
Meet 2016 Artaxis Fellow, Natalia Arbalaez:
Learn more about Natalia and her work here: http://nataliaarbelaez.com/