MN NICE Graduates

Galusha Gallery

MN NICE Graduates features the work of eight emerging ceramic artists from the eighth graduating class of the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE) program. Participating artists include: Mary Zeleny Arimond, Carla Arnevik, Lynda Buscis, Mary Garvie, Julian Gruber, Carol Patt, Martha Rehkamp, and Jo-Anne Reske Kirkman.

The 2021-22 cohort had an inspiring energy and easy camaraderie. Participants came to MN NICE with a wealth of art experience. In addition to three art educators, most participants came from ceramic-adjacent professions. This led to many thoughtful and spirited conversations. The group was particularly interested in exploring glaze and firing effects—from developing delicate micro-crystals in cone six glazes to subtle variation from atmospheric firings. This graduate exhibition showcases their distinct voices as they embark upon the next stage of their artistic journey.

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.

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.

Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour to follow.

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!