May 3, 2016

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Announces 2016 Windgate Fellows

Now in its eleventh year, the Windgate Fellowship Award continues to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for emerging craft artists in the United States. Each year more than 100 universities from across the country are invited to nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.

The results of such early support are already beginning to emerge. Today, Windgate Fellows hold full time faculty positions, are accepted into nationally renowned residency programs, mount solo shows, and establish successful studios. Over half have gone on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree. Their work can been seen in nationally traveling exhibitions, represented in galleries, and published in periodicals such as American Craft. Supporting the next generation is one of CCCD's main focus areas identified to build a thriving national craft field. 

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Windgate Fellowship Award, CCCD announced that it would award a total of ten, $10,000 Windgate Project Grants to previous Fellows over the course of three years. The first three grants were awarded in 2015 to Andrea Donnelly (Richmond, VA), Aaron McIntosh (Baltimore, MD), and Mark Reigelman II (Brooklyn, NY). Three more grants will be awarded this year, and the final four grants will be awarded in 2017. This year, sixty Fellows from the first six years of the program were invited to submit applications for projects to be completed and presented at CCCD.

The 2016 Windgate Fellows are:

Anna Clark
Herron School of Art and Design - Wood/Furniture

Kaitlin Dunn  
State University of New York at New Paltz - Jewelry/Metalsmithing
Ean Escoto
San Diego State University - Ceramics/Jewelry/Metalsmithing
Christine Fashion 
Pennsylvania State University - Ceramics/Sculpture
Kira Keck
 Maryland Institute College of Art - Fiber/Textiles
Jenna Macy
 Maryland Institute College of Art Ceramics/Fiber/Textiles/Glass
Jennie Maydew
Colorado State University - Fiber/Textiles
Stacy Motte
California College of the Arts - Wood/Furniture/Photography
Katharine Payne
California College of the Arts Ceramics
Brandon Kento Saisho
Rhode Island School of Design - Wood/Furniture
The 2016 Windgate Project Grant recipients are:
Dustin Farnsworth 
Madison, WI
2010 Windgate Fellow
Woodworking/Functional Art

I will be working as an Artist-In-Residence of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina. For the project, I will conduct o
n-site interviews with local youth, included as an audio element in a final work, and also present visual documentation of those interviewed. Participants and visitors to the studio will gain an understanding of how their specific offerings inform and shape the artistic process.  

Rebecca Manson
Bedford Hills, NY
2011 Windgate Fellow

My project will demand me to balance detailed, creative work with the big picture in order to take a great leap in actualizing goals for my studio practice. I will create an eight foot diameter sphere made of small porcelain parts that will be clear coated in UV resistant resin, fully lined in fiberglass, and supported internally with a steel structure. The sculpture will be suitable for year-round outdoor display. 

Rachel Mauser
Louisville, KY
2011 Windgate Fellow
Book Arts

I will use this grant to develop three new artist books. Through these artist books I will advance several conceptual ideas, work towards maturing my combination of text, image, and form, create original text for my books, and further develop the intersection between my life as an artist and my life as an educator.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design advances the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States. The Center is located at 67 Broadway St. in Asheville NC

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