Application Tips

Application Tips

Image Guidelines & Tips

  • Images must be submitted as jpgs (sometimes called jpeg) or pngs.
  • Make sure to save your edited image with a different file name, so that if you make a mistake, you still have the original file.
  • Be sure to do any cropping, color balancing, rotating, etc. BEFORE you begin the resizing process.
  • Do not include your name, or any other text on your images
  • Do not create ‘collages’ of your images, e.g. having two views of one piece in one image.
  • Resize your images to 1500 px on the shortest side with a resolution of 300 ppi.
  • Image files should be labeled with last name, first initial, and numbers, indicating your preferred viewing order (example: DoeJImage1.jpg).

Technical questions should be directed to Amanda Dobbratz at amandadobbratz@northernclaycenter.org.

Sample Applications

What is an Emerging Artist?

We use a broad and elastic definition of “emerging.” The following is adapted from the Jerome Foundation:

There is no exact and singular definition of an emerging creative artist. Our emerging artist programs support those artists who show significant potential, yet are under-recognized.

Emerging artists:

  • are the principal creators of new work
  • take risks and embrace challenges
  • develop voices revealing significant potential
  • are rigorous in their approach to creation and production
  • have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment
  • are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators

Career stage is a factor but not a limiting one. Many emerging artists fall in the early career category, but not all do. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist.