Announcing the Recipients of the 2023 McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists

Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists, Chotsani Elaine Dean (Minneapolis, MN) and Anna Metcalfe (Minneapolis, MN). Also selected by this year’s panelists are the recipients of the McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists; Larry Buller (New York, NY), Karima Duchamp (Lake Dallas, TX), Joon Hee Kim (Bakersville, NC), and Ellen Kleckner (Wroclaw, Poland).  

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists
The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists Program is designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community, as well as significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Two grants of $25,000 each are awarded annually.  

McKnight Artist Residencies for Ceramic Artists
McKnight Artist Residencies for Ceramic Artists Program recognizes and supports mid-career ceramic artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and who have already proven their abilities within the field. The program provides recipients with the opportunity to be in residence for three months at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their work and exchange ideas and knowledge with Minnesota ceramic artists.   Each resident artist will receive a $6,000 award, studio space provided at no cost, and a glaze and firing allowance. Artists also present a public lecture, and are featured in a catalogue and group exhibition at Northern Clay Center.

About the McKnight Fellowship Program
Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1982. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 14 different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $2.8 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit  

About the McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Established in 1953, the McKnight Foundation is deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest; building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota; and supporting the arts in Minnesota, neuroscience, and international crop research.

About the Awardees:

Anna Metcalfe

McKnight Fellow 2023; Red Wing Collectors Society Award 2015

Please watch our website and our winter newsletter for future application deadlines. If you would like to host a presentation on our grant programs at your school or institution, or if you have individual questions about the programs, please contact Sean Lofton at  

Lastly, we would like to offer a special thank you to all of the 2023 applicants. Your interest in NCC’s grant programs and your applications help to keep our arts economy strong by demonstrating the exceptional talent and diversity present among early career ceramic artists entering this wonderful field.