The Jerome Foundation has supported emerging ceramic artists from Minnesota since 1990. The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant 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 2018 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2018.

Projects may include, but are not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials; working or studying with a mentor; purchasing equipment to facilitate an aesthetic or technical investigation; providing studio time, studio rental, supplies, technical support; collaborations between ceramic artists and artists working in other media; education or exhibition opportunities; and travel.

An exhibition of work produced during the grant period will take place at Northern Clay Center at the conclusion of the grant. Additionally, recipients will provide a brief image talk about their work in conjunction with the exhibition

The Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN, has supported the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program for over 25 years. The Foundation 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, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.


Eligibility is restricted to clay artists who have completed all formal academic training by the start of the grant period (April 1, 2018), who are not enrolled either full- or part-time in degree-granting institutions (including BA, MFA, and teaching certification programs), who are not employed full-time as ceramics teachers at the college level, and who meet residency requirements. Applicants are NOT required to have a degree. The project grants require at least six months of residency in Minnesota prior to the application deadline.

Please note: a college degree is NOT required to apply for this or any NCC award. We encourage applicants who would like to make clay and creativity a continuing part of their lives, even if they do not or have not pursued it in a post-secondary institutional setting.

Previous recipients of the NCC-distributed Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant are required to wait three years before applying again. (A 2017 award recipient cannot apply again until the 2020 Project Grant cycle.)

Schedule and Application Process

Applications for the 2018 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program must be received by 5 pm on Friday, February 16, 2018.

ATTENTION!   The online system will not accept any applications beyond 5 pm, nor will incomplete applications be accepted. In addition, hard copy applications, which can be downloaded here, must be received by 5 pm. Application materials will be reviewed by a three-member panel, which will select the recipients on the basis of perceived merit. Funding will be extended to three projects, at $6,000 each. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in late March of 2018. Projects must be started and completed between April 1 and December 31, 2018.

For more information, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at j[email protected].

More details online here.