Grants for Artists

Grants for Artists

Grants for Artists

NCC proudly facilitates grant programs for current students, recent graduates, and emerging and mid-career artists.

Each year we want to increase our reach into the depth of talent in the region, nation, and the globe to support, celebrate, and enable ceramic artists at all stages of their career. Grants and Residencies are open to those who have traveled the traditional paths of apprenticeship, those who have pursued academic training, and those who have intensely developed their practice in studios around the world. Now is the time to take the next step and apply for one of the many grants and residencies offered at Northern Clay Center. Together we will demonstrate the depth and talent of the clay community to the greater world.

NCC encourages applicants who represent the full range of artistic styles, and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists whose work demonstrates strong artistic merit. Accordingly, awards for our grant programs will represent, as possible, artists and initiatives that are diverse in genre, expertise, educational background, gender, race, ethnicity, and geography.

Have questions about the eligibility of your work, or how to make your application as successful as possible? Please contact NCC’s Executive Director, Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp, at

We are always available to answer questions and give feedback on your submissions. Mark your calendar today to submit your application by the following deadlines.


McKnight Fellowships

The McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists supports outstanding mid-career Minnesota ceramic artists. Two $25,000 grants will be awarded in 2022. McKnight Fellowship recipients will be featured in a workshop and an exhibition with a corresponding catalogue at the end of their grant year.

Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

The WMAA provides an opportunity for students, apprentices, and recent graduates 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.

One or two cash awards, up to $3,000 each, are made annually for travel, education, or research.


Emerging Artist Residencies (EAR)

The Emerging Artist Residency program encompasses three 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. The residency culminates in an exhibition in NCC’s galleries the January following the residency.

McKnight Residency

The McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists program provides exceptional mid-career ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for three months at Northern Clay Center. Up to three, 3-month residencies are awarded each year

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.

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