emerging artist: Neha Kudchadkar

This a series of three photographs made in Israel and the West Bank that document the performance of rooting myself in a ‘foreign’ land. Materially I play with the idea of body/ clay as body / clay/ body as clay merging into the earth.   With the image, I question the notion of, and relationship with ‘home’, with ‘land’, the meaning of a ‘homeland’ and the act of returning to the homeland. I question notions of ownership and control. I suggest rootedness and up-rootedness; (In order to cause distress and claim land, settlers famously uproot olive trees that have been a part of Palestinian families).

I also refer to the first act of asserting right to the earth – by planting trees and crops – the means by which the human species has colonized the earth.

Although there are no obvious markers of race, gender or location in the photographs, the act of performing the images is deliberate. The sites at which these images are made are of importance, loaded with meaning. The photographs were made quickly, and without permission in a private garden with the backdrop of Sabra fencing in Jerusalem, in Kiryat Arba, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, and at the separation wall in Hizma, a suburb of Jerusalem broken by the wall.

This series of photographs was part of a group of work made while artist-in-residence at Hacubia in Jerusalem, as part of the Postcolonialism? project organized by the Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center, Tel Aviv, and curated by Wendy Gers.

Photography: Noa Bachner and Neha Kudchadkar

via: www.nehakudchadkar.com/?portfolio=homeland


Northern Clay Center Upcoming Grant and Residency Opportunities

Grants info session

January 10, 2019, 6 pm, Northern Clay Center

NCC proudly facilitates six grant programs for current students, recent graduates, emerging, and mid-career artists. Learn about the application process and your eligibility at a free information session in NCC’s Library: Thursday, January 10, 6 – 7 pm. No reservations are required.

If you are interested in having a presentation at your organization (in Minnesota or almost anywhere in the country), we are always happy to take our show on the road (whether in-person or electronically) to share these opportunities. Email Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org to arrange.


Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant

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 2019 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2019.

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.

Deadline: 5 pm on Friday, February 15, 2019

Apply here: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/jerome-ceramic-artist-project-grant
For more information, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org.

Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

The WMAA, founded in 2014, 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 the 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 completed a university-equivalent training in ceramics (including apprenticeships) within the year prior to the application deadline.

During the grant year, the recipients can 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. Proposals to fund large capital equipment purchases will not be accepted. Between one and two cash awards will be made in 2019, up to $3,000 each, for projects taking place between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020. Recipients contribute project updates to NCC’s social media and are required to give a public presentation at their school or other institution. See updates from past recipients at northernclaycenter.blogspot.com.

This award is made possible through the support of generous individual and institutional donors in honor of MacKenzie’s legacy of ceramic education, both traditional and non-traditional.

Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019, by 5 pm.
Learn more and apply here: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/warren-mackenzie-advancement-awar

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, 2019, to August 31, 2020. 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 2021, at Northern Clay Center, at the conclusion of the grant period. Recipients have the opportunity to present a brief slide lecture on their work in conjunction with the exhibition.

These programs are made possible by generous contributions from several anonymous donors, as well as various secondary market sales at Northern Clay Center, with the intention to nurture the creative expression of aspiring ceramic artists.

If you have questions about the eligibility of your work, or how this residency can be successful for you, please contact the Coordinator of Artist Services and Storytelling, Jill Foote-Hutton, at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org.

Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019, by 5 pm.
Learn more and apply here: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-residencies/emerging-artist-residencies-ear

McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists

In its 22nd year of programming, the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists will support outstanding Minnesota ceramic artists who identify with any methodology: functional, sculptural, relational, all techniques are welcome. The intent of this program is to recognize and support midcareer artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.Two $25,000 grants will be awarded in 2019. Fellowship support may be pursued for, but is 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 an exhibition with a corresponding catalogue at the end of their grant year.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Two $25,000 fellowships annually.

Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019, by 5 pm.
Find more info and apply here: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/mcknight-artist-fellowships-ceramic-artists

McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists

The McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists program, in its 22nd 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. Up to three, 3-month residencies will be awarded in 2019, to take place during the 2020 calendar year, through a competitive application process. NCC will invite one or two other artists through a nominative 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 lecture/workshop, for which he or she will receive an additional honorarium. At the culmination of the grant period, recipients will be featured in a catalogue and group exhibition at Northern Clay Center. The exhibition will travel to 3 – 5 sites around the state of Minnesota. Recipients are also required to submit a final report at the end of the grant period.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis. Up to four, $6,000 residencies awarded annually.

Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019, by 5 pm.
Learn more and apply here: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-residencies/mcknight-artist-residency-ceramic-artists