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McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists

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Northern Clay Center - McKnight Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/21/21 5:00 PM CT Receipt


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Grants to Minnesota artists for professional development activities. Funding is intended to support established ceramic artists who have shown mastery and dedication to their trade. Funding may be used for the following: purchasing materials and equipment; experimenting with new techniques and materials; collaborating with other artists; and pursuing education, exhibition, or travel opportunities.

The McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists recognizes and supports outstanding mid-career ceramic artists living and working in Minnesota. Applicants should demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence and may be working in any mode—functional, sculptural, relational, performative, etc.

McKnight Fellowship recipients will be featured in a workshop and an exhibition with a corresponding catalog at the end of their grant year.

Northern Clay Center is committed to building a well-rounded jury that will advocate for any type of work, from figure sculpture to colorful installation, and from majolica to anagama-fired pottery. The program supports Minnesota artists who are making excellent work and whose careers would be enhanced by this recognition and opportunity.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167126

Number of Grants:

Two grants will be awarded annually.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Have or maintain MN residency for at least one year prior to application and for the duration of the fellowship year.
- Are mid-career with a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.
- Can only apply to one McKnight Artist Fellowship in any artistic discipline within a year.
- Have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic discipline in the last five years.
- Demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship.
- Are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or fellowship administrative partners.
- Are not enrolled full-time in an academic program.

A formal background in ceramics is not a requirement for any of NCC's awards. Applications are reviewed based on your portfolio and your record of achievement. With the exception of the Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award applicants may not be currently pursuing a degree and receive any of the awards.

No artist may receive more than $50,000 in McKnight support in any three-year period.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Friday, May 21, 2021, by 5 pm CT.

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 shortly after the jury convenes.

Ask a trusted friend or mentor to review your portfolio and application with you, or contact your local regional arts council or Springboard for the Arts. NCC's program manager is also available to review and advise on your submission with at least two weeks before the grant deadline.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For all questions and inquiries, please contact Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp at

Technical questions should be directed to Amanda Dobbratz at

For portfolio and application review requests, contact

Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN 55406
612.339.8007 x301

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