call for artists: Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE)

Northern Clay Center
Email: nccinfo@northernclaycenter.org
Northern Clay Center is excited to share the opportunity for artists to join our MN NICE program. See below for details:

Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE) Application Deadline Approaching

Now entering its fourth year, MN NICE is an advanced certificate program that provides rigorous, personalized instruction for artists who are serious about taking the next step in their ceramic education. The program is designed to respond to the changing needs of students and give non-traditional students high-level training in ceramic materials, history and theory, and professional practice. Through instruction and individual mentorship, students build skills, knowledge, and insight necessary to create a personal and cohesive body of work.

MN NICE extends 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. The program strives to prepare students both artistically and professionally whether they are seeking gallery representation, applying for graduate school, or selling work to the public.

ABOUT: The program consists of three 8-week blocks of instruction, beginning in September and ending in May. During each block, the group meets for weekly seminars and field trips to museums, galleries, artist studios, and lectures. Throughout the year, participants have individual critiques with leading professionals in the field, helping them to focus their research and development of work. The program culminates with the submission of a graduation portfolio and a group exhibition in NCC’s Emily Galusha Gallery.

DEADLINE: The priority deadline for MN NICE applications is June 1

. To apply, visit: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/education/minnesota-new-institute-ceramic-education/mn-nice-application-form

INFO SESSION: Thursday, May 10, 6:00 pm in the NCC Library

CONTACT: If you have questions about the history of MN NICE or joining next year’s class, please make Manager of Education and Studio Artist Programs Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp your first point of contact at kylerudyk@northernclaycenter.org or call him directly at 612.339.8007 x314.

For more information about the MN NICE program, visit: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/education/minnesota-new-institute-ceramic-education

Upcoming opportunities at Northern Clay Center

EMERGING ARTIST RESIDENCY

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, 2018, to August 31, 2019. 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 2020, 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.

The deadline to apply for the Emerging Artist Residencies is Friday, April 13, 2018, by 5 pm. For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-residencies/emerging-artist-residencies-ear

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.

MCKNIGHT RESIDENCY

The McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists program, in its 21st 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 2018, to take place during the 2019 calendar year, through a competitive application process. NCC will invite one or two other artists through a nominative process.

Residents must be non-Minnesotan ceramic artists. 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 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program is Friday, May 25, 2018 by 5 pm (this is NOT a postmark deadline). For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-residencies/mcknight-artist-residency-ceramic-artists

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

If you have questions, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org

MCKNIGHT FELLOWSHIP

In its 21st year of programming at Northern Clay Center, 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 2018. 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. Applicants must be ceramic artists and Minnesota residents.

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

Applications for the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program are due Friday, May 25, 2018, by 5 pm.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/mcknight-artist-fellowships-ceramic-artists

If you have questions, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org

WARREN MACkENZIE ADVANCEMENT AWARD

The WMAA, founded in 2014 with Northern Clay Center, 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 three cash awards will be made in 2018, up to $4,000 each, for projects taking place between May 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019. Recipients contribute project updates to Northern Clay Center’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.

Applications for the 2018 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award are due by 5 pm on Friday, April 13, 2018.

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement 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.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/warren-mackenzie-advancement-award

If you have questions, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org

call for artists: Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award, founded in 2014 with Northern Clay Center, 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 three cash awards will be made in 2018, up to $4,000 each, for projects taking place between May 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019. Recipients contribute project updates to Northern Clay Center’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.

Applications for the 2018 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award are due by 5 pm on Friday, April 13, 2018.

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement 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.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/warren-mackenzie-advancement-award

If you have questions, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org

call for emerging artists: The 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 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

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 jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org.

More details online here.

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