job posting: NCC – Director of Learning and Engagement

NCC’s in search of the next great Director of Learning and Engagement!

Applications for this incredibly rewarding, field-shaping, heart-pounding feat of clay are now being accepted for a position that starts later this fall! Seeking candidates with strong knowledge of and experience in arts education, experience with managing the teaching of art and craft, and a background in ceramic arts. Applicants must have at least a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree; a Masters degree is preferred. A minimum of five years of management and administrative experience is required, as are excellent written and oral communication skills. 

Extra points awarded for those who can lift regularly 50 pounds of clay, hold their breath for one minute, perform the ultimate cartwheel, and be able to provide stand-up comedic routines to staff and constituents.

More information and full job description is available here: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/apply/employment

2 amazing opportunities @ Northern Clay Center: McKnight Artist Residency and Fellowship

McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists

The McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists program, in its 20th 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 2017, to take place during the 2018 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.

The deadline to apply for the 2017 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program is Friday, May 26, 2017 by 5 pm (this is NOT a postmark deadline).​

This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.

Eligibility

  • You cannot be a resident of Minnesota.
  • You must be a ceramic artist. Your work may be either functional or sculptural in nature. Your work may incorporate other materials, but must be primarily ceramic.
  • You must have completed all formal academic training and may not be enrolled either full- or part-time in a degree granting institution by the application deadline. Applicants are NOT required to have a degree.
  • You must provide evidence of your professional achievements over a period of at least five years, through inclusion in major regional or national museum or gallery exhibitions, or juried or invitational craft shows, or receipt of other awards, grants, or fellowships.
  • Your work must demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and excellence.
  • You may apply to only one of the organizations per year offering fellowship grants that are supported by McKnight funds. In addition, no artist may receive more than $50,000 in McKnight support in any three-year period.
  • Artists who have previously received a McKnight Artist Residency or Fellowship award in any discipline cannot apply again until three years after the date of their award. (A 2016 award recipient cannot apply again until the 2019 grant cycle.)
  • Northern Clay Center staff and board are not eligible, as well as immediate family members of Northern Clay Center staff.
  • Staff and board of The McKnight Foundation are not eligible, as well as immediate family members of foundation arts program staff.

Schedule and Application Process
The deadline to apply for the 2017 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program is Friday, May 26, 2017 by 5 pm CST (this is NOT a postmark deadline).  The online system will not accept any applications beyond 5 pm CST, nor will incomplete applications be accepted. All applications must be received via our online form, however a copy of the eligibility requirements and application check list can be downloaded here.

Applications will be reviewed by a three-member panel, which will select recipients on the basis of perceived artistic excellence and demonstrated professional achievement. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in July of 2017.

More information is available on our website: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-residencies/mcknight-artist-residency-ceramic-artists

McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists
In its 20th year of programming, the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists will 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 2017. 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, MN.

Applications for the 2017 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program are due Friday, May 26, 2017, by 5 pm.

Eligibility

  • You must be a resident of Minnesota and have lived in the state for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (May 26, 2017).
  • You must retain residency in Minnesota until the end of the grant period (June of 2018).
  • You must be a ceramic artist. Your work may be either functional or sculptural in nature. Your work may incorporate other materials, but must be primarily ceramic.
  • You must have completed all formal academic training and may not be enrolled either full- or part-time in a degree-granting institution by the time of the application deadline.
  • You must provide evidence of your professional achievements over a period of at least five years, through inclusion in major regional or national museum or gallery exhibitions, or juried or invitational craft shows, or receipt of other awards, grants, or fellowships.
  • Your work must demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and excellence.
  • You may apply to only one of the organizations per year offering fellowship grants that are supported by McKnight funds. In addition, no artist may receive more than $50,000 in McKnight support in any three-year period.
  • Artists who have previously received a McKnight Artist Fellowship award in any discipline cannot apply again until three years after the date of their award. (A 2016 award recipient cannot apply again until the 2019 grant cycle.)
  • Fellowship staff from any McKnight Artist Fellowship program are not eligible.
  • Northern Clay Center staff and board are not eligible, as well as immediate family members of Northern Clay Center staff.
  • Staff and board of The McKnight Foundation are not eligible, as well as immediate family members of foundation arts program staff.

Schedule and Application Process
Applications for the 2017 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program are due Friday, May 26, 2017, by 5 pm.

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.

Applications will be reviewed by a three-member panel, which will select recipients on the basis of perceived artistic excellence and demonstrated professional achievement, using artist statements as support material. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in June 2017.

More information is available on our website: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/mcknight-artist-fellowships-ceramic-artists

education opportunity: Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education

Northern Clay Center presents an advanced ceramics studio program in collaboration with ceramic artist and educator, Ursula Hargens. The New Institute for Ceramic Education provides up to 8 months of advanced, personalized instruction for artists who are serious about taking the next step in their ceramic education.

This pilot program is designed to respond to the changing needs of students and gives non-traditional students the same quality of information and critique found in a university program.  Designed for potters and sculptors alike, the Institute will support the development of studio work and provide high-level training in ceramic materials, history and theory, and professional practices.

Participants will earn a certificate of completion through a combination of instruction and individual mentoring. The program will extend beyond the classroom to include artist lectures, gallery tours, and studio visits with established artists to take advantage of the rich ceramic resources throughout the Twin Cities, including those from academic and non-traditional routes of study, artists of other media, and arts administrators.

Get updates about MN NICE classes, visiting artists, and events on the NCC blog. 

What can you hope to achieve from this program?

By the end of the 8-month program, students will earn a certificate and will possess the technical skills, artistic context, and personal insight to build a strong and cohesive body of work. They will learn how to present and promote their work, whether they are seeking gallery representation, applying to graduate school, or selling work to the public.

MN NICE combines the best aspects of a residency, university program, and apprenticeship. Certificate recipients will establish new connections with peers and established artists in the field, build professional credentials, and create a strong body of work based on individualized instruction. The program will culminate in a final exhibition at Northern Clay Center.

“It is not without trepidation that I look toward the future, but I am eager to stretch my wings using the tools, resources, and courage I have discovered through MN NICE.
I feel honored and proud to have been a part of this program.” — MN NICE participant, 2015-16

Is MN NICE right for you?

Now in its second year, MN NICE is designed to respond to the changing needs of students and to give non-traditional students the same quality of information and critique found in a university program. Designed for potters and sculptors alike, MN NICE will support the development of studio work and provide high-level training in ceramic materials, history and theory, and professional practices. Participants will earn a certificate of completion through a combination of instruction and individual mentoring, led by ceramic artist and educator Ursula Hargens.

Hargens states, “Many individuals are eager to further their ceramic education and seek a professional credential, but family, employment, financial, and time constraints limit their ability to do so within a traditional academic structure. This certificate program is designed to fill this gap, providing a flexible, yet challenging environment that responds to the needs of non-traditional students, giving them quality information, academic rigor, critical dialogue, and critique as they develop their artistic practice and strengthen their work.”

Click here to access the application form.

Listen to a conversation between course leader, Ursula Hargens and a couple members of the first group of MN NICE students on Ben Carter’s Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast.

Find out more here: www.northernclaycenter.org/education/minnesota-new-institute-ceramic-education

upcoming exhibition: Roadside Attractions—Next 5 Exits

Mar 10 to Apr 30

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, Roadside Attractions — Next 5 Exits
reveals a vision of the allure of the wayside through the work of five
artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko
Paterson, and Nathan Prouty—create works that depict the recollection of
travels, a portrayal of collected memories, nostalgia for past
Americana, and the desire to contain an experience within an object.
Viewers will recognize the expression of journeys made and imagined, and
they will be able to connect through their shared experience.

Related Events

Join us for a public artist talk by curator and participating artist
Pattie Chalmers, and artist Peter Morgan, on Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm
in NCC’s library. Register for your free seat here.

In addition, Peter Morgan will demonstrate on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am – 4 pm. Register for your free seat here.

Mariko Paterson will join us for a free workshop and slide lecture
during the closing week of the exhibition on Saturday, April 22, from 10
am – 4 pm. She will present her techniques and discuss her work. Register for your free seat here.

All of these educational events are free and open to the public. Due
to limited seating for all events, pre-registration is encouraged.

Related Resources
Pattie Chalmers’ website: www.pattiechalmers.com
Peter Morgan’s website: www.petergmorgan.com
NCECA: an interview with Morgan about his work, and inspirations
365 Days 365 Artist: an interview with Morgan
Arts Magazine: an article about Morgan’s work and studio practice
Mariko Paterson’s website: www.foragestudios.com
Ceramics Monthly: an essay by Paterson discussing the career of working potters
UPPERCASE Magazine: an interview with Paterson about her ceramic adventures
Musing About Mud blog: a technical exploration of Paterson ceramic work, including demonstrations
Nathan Prouty’s website: www.nathanprouty.com
OtherPeoplesPixels Blog: an interview with Prouty about inspiration and studio practice