MN NICE Graduates

Emily Galusha Gallery
Virtual Tour available November 18
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 14, 12 – 4 pm, Limited Audience

MN NICE Graduates features the work of seven emerging ceramic artists from the seventh graduating class of the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE) program. Participating artists include: Maggie Archbold, Kim Hamilton, Shawn Kelly, Alex Lange, Sheila Murray, Mel North, and Joe Tashjian.

Over the 2020 – 2021 cohort year, these individuals have taken a focused journey to define and refine their voice in clay. Through persistent making, critical analysis, investigations into ceramic history and chemistry, and the guidance of mentors and the support of peers, their evolved work has taken shape and stands with presence. Collectively, the work exemplifies their determination and risk taking as well as their passion for materials and processes. This graduation exhibition celebrates their accomplishments as they step into the next stage of their artistic journey, ready to strengthen and shape the future of contemporary ceramics.

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 emerging makers and to give non-traditional students high-level training in ceramic materials, history and theory, and professional practice. Through instruction and individual mentorship, artists build the skills, knowledge, and insight necessary to create a personal and cohesive body of work.

MN NICE extends beyond the physical classroom to take advantage of the rich ceramic resources throughout the Twin Cities, including: artist lectures, gallery tours, and virtual studio visits with established ceramic artists. Under the leadership, guidance, and keen instruction of program head Ursula Hargens, MN NICE strives to prepare artists both artistically and professionally, whether they are seeking gallery representation, applying for graduate school, or selling work to the public.

Our exhibiting MN NICE emerging artists joined this program because a horizon line was taking shape for them, and they felt compelled to pursue a sharpened focus. They made an intense commitment to bring their work under a collective critical eye in the hopes of stepping toward a new future on terms they have defined through this program, with a new professional peer network, and a deeper understanding of the potential held by a daily life engaged in contemporary ceramics.

Related Event

ART@HAND Holiday Open House Workshop
Join us for some good, old-fashioned holiday fun! Our 31st Annual Holiday Open House features artist demonstrations, a free hands-on workshop, and fabulous holiday shopping opportunities. Get ready for your holiday treats by creating your own handmade candy or hors d’oeuvres dish containing a peek-a-boo surprise on the inside. Open to all ages. Mark your calendars!

21AAH14: Sunday, November 14, 12 – 4 pm

Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour available November 18.

Purchase Work

A selection of work from the exhibition will be available to purchase directly from our website. If you would like to enquire about work not online, please contact us at 612.339.8007, or, we’ll be happy to help!