Emerging Artist Residencies

Emerging Artist Residencies

Emerging Artist Residencies

The Emerging Artist Residency (EAR) program encompasses two unique Fellowships, designed to provide up to three 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.

Applications are due Friday, April 9, 2021, by 5 pm CT.

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 2020 residency recipient could not apply again until the 2023 grant cycle.)  

Application Process

Applications are due Friday, April 9, 2021, 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 2020.

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