Grants and Residencies for Ceramic Artists (Current Students, Recent Graduates, Emerging Artists, Mid-Career Artists) from Northern Clay Center.
Northern Clay Center facilitates seven grant programs for current students, recent graduates, emerging, and mid-career artists, all of which are outlined below. Visit our website for more details about each program — www.northernclaycenter.org, or contact Dustin Yager at NCC.
Which programs are you eligible for? Check out our handy table!
Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant
2015 marks the 25th year of the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program, funded by the Jerome Foundation. The program supports Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. The program will provide three grants of $6,000 each in 2015 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2015. Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016, by 5 pm.
In its 18th year of programming, the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists support outstanding Minnesota ceramic artists who have already proven their abilities and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Two $25,000 grants will be awarded in 2015. Fellowship support may be pursued for, but not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials, purchasing materials and equipment, collaborating with other artists, and pursuing education, exhibition, or travel opportunities. The McKnight Fellowship recipients will be featured in a workshop and exhibition with a corresponding catalogue at the end of their grant year. Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2016, by 5 pm.
Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award
The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award enters its second year in 2015. This award provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within a grant year, further expanding their professional development. This award is available to current undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates (within one year), or those who have complete a university-equivalent training in ceramics (including apprenticeships) within the year prior to the application deadline. Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016, by 5 pm.
Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color Residency
The Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color Residency is designed to provide an individual, Minnesota-based, emerging artist with the opportunity to be in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center, where he/she can develop his/her own work, exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists, and pursue further educational opportunities.
One residency will be awarded in 2016. The recipient 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. The recipient will also receive credit for up to $1,600 worth of NCC classes, workshops, or individual mentorship sessions with NCC teaching artists to further his or her work and professional skills. The award includes attendance at the 2017 conference of the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Portland, OR, including conference registration, travel, and lodging. Finally, the recipient’s work will be included in a group exhibition at Northern Clay Center that will take place in January and February of 2018. Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016, by 5 pm.
Emerging Artist Residencies
The Emerging Artist Residency program encompasses two unique Fellowships, designed to provide up to four ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their own work, as well as exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists. Each residency recipient will have a shared, furnished studio space with 24/7 access to NCC’s facilities from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017. In addition to the workspace, each fellowship includes a materials and firing stipend and professional development and enrichment opportunities through NCC’s education, exhibitions, and sales gallery programs, for qualified and interested fellows. A group exhibition featuring work produced during the fellowship period will take place in January 2018, at Northern Clay Center, at the conclusion of the grant period. Recipients have the opportunity to present a brief image talk about their work in conjunction with the exhibition. Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016, by 5 pm.
The McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists program, in its 18th year at NCC, intends to recognize and support ceramic artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The program is intended to provide these ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for three months at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their own work and, at the same time, exchange ideas and knowledge with Minnesota ceramic artists. Three 3-month residencies will be awarded in 2016, to take place during the 2017 calendar year, through a competitive application process. Each resident artist will receive a $6,000 award (for a three-month residency), studio space provided at no cost, and a glaze and firing allowance. During the residency, each artist will present a public workshop, for which he or she will receive a small honorarium. At the culmination of the grant period, recipients will be featured in a catalogue and group exhibition at Northern Clay Center. Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2016, by 5 pm.