Emerging Artist Residencies

Emerging Artist Residencies

Emerging Artist Residencies

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 residencies culminate in an exhibition in NCC’s galleries the January following the residency.

Applications are due Monday, March 28, 2022, by 5 pm CT.

Each residency recipient will have a furnished studio space with 24/7 access to NCC’s facilities. In addition to the workspace, each fellowship includes an annual materials and firing stipend as well as professional development and enrichment opportunities through NCC’s education, exhibitions, and sales gallery programs, for qualified and interested fellows. A group exhibition featuring work produced during the fellowship period will take place in January 2024, at Northern Clay Center, following conclusion of the grant period. Additionally, recipients have the opportunity to present a brief slide lecture on their work in conjunction with the exhibition.

Please note: applicants must indicate which award you are applying for in your application, an Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship, a Fogelberg Studio Fellowship, or a BIPOC Studio Fellowship. One application may be submitted for multiple opportunities and eligibility will be verified for each.

Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship
The Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship will be awarded to two emerging ceramic artists working in a functional, sculptural, relational, or installation-based manner. Fellows will share a furnished studio space with 24/7 access to NCC’s facilities from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023.

Fogelberg Studio Fellowship
The Fogelberg Studio Fellowship will support one emerging ceramic artist who is a Minnesota or Wisconsin resident, working in a strictly functional manner, and interested in pursuing a career in studio pottery. The 2022 recipient will have access to a furnished private studio space within the Center’s Studio program from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023.

BIPOC Studio Fellowship
In its inaugural year, the BIPOC Studio Fellowship will support one emerging ceramic artist of color who is working in a functional, sculptural, relational, or installation-based manner. The 2022 recipient will share a furnished studio space from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023 and be provided additional resources to pursue mentorship opportunities including participation in NCECA conference, support more robust materials and firing utilization, and to buttress the cost of living.

These programs are made possible by generous contributions from several anonymous donors, as well as various secondary market sales at Northern Clay Center, with the intention to nurture the creative expression of aspiring ceramic artists.


  • Eligibility is restricted to clay artists who have completed all formal academic training by the start of the grant period (September 1, 2021), who are not currently enrolled full- or part-time in a degree-granting institution (including BA, MFA, or a teaching certification program), and who are not employed full-time as a ceramics teacher at the college level.
  • Please note: a college degree is NOT required to apply for this or any NCC award. We encourage applicants who would like to make clay and creativity a continuing part of their lives, even if they do not or have not pursued it in a post-secondary institutional setting.
  • You CAN APPLY for all, but CANNOT RECEIVE any combination of the Emerging Artist Residencies, or the Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award.
  • Current Emerging Artist Residents cannot apply again until three years after the date of their award. (A 2021 residency recipient could not apply again until the 2024 grant cycle.)  

Application Process

Applications are due Monday, March 28, 2022, by 5 pm

Application materials will be reviewed by a three-member panel, who will select the recipients on the basis of perceived merit. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by mid-May of 2022.

There is no fee to apply. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please label and format all documents as follows:

  • Written documents should be submitted as pdfs and should include your name at the top of each page.
  • Images must be submitted as jpgs or pngs, 1500 px on the shortest side and 300 ppi. DO NOT include your name on your images.
  • Format all file names as LastNameFirstInitialDocument.xxx (i.e. LongleySResume.pdf or LongleySImage1.jpg).

The following materials must be submitted online:

  • Resume – max 2 pages.
  • Artist statement – max 1 page.
  • Proposal – max 1 page. Explain the intended focus and growth of your work during the residency year. Describe the difference this fellowship will make in your development as a professional artist.
  • An image list that includes artist’s name, date of work, medium, and dimensions of work.
  • 10 images of completed work