Emerging Artist Program

The Saint John's Pottery and Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program

The Saint John's Pottery and Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program is a short-term, intensive clay studio residency for artists to experience an indigenous and community-based approach to ceramic art. The program is generously supported by a Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant of $50,712.

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, supports the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Jerome Foundation has supported emerging artists and artist programs in Minnesota and New York City for 50 years. 

The Saint John's Pottery welcomed over 50 visiting artists from 1984-2006 before embarking on the national exhibition tour Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay. The Saint John's Pottery and Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:

  • Who take risks and embrace challenges;
  • Whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
  • Who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • Who have evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • Who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.

The term emerging artist refers to artistic development, professional accomplishment, and recognition, not to evolution within an artist's work. Although age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist, applicants should be at an early stage of clay development. Artists in BFA or MFA programs should finish all academic commitments before applying. 

Program participants at The Saint John's Pottery are provided studio space, clay, access to technical assistance, an award stipend, and room and board. Works from these residencies are fired in the Johanna Kiln, the largest wood-burning kiln of its kind in North America. Applications open in late 2014, and the program begins June 2015.

Selected works from the program are currently on display at Saint John's University in Alcuin Library. For more information about The Saint John's Pottery and Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program, please contact Steven Lemke, Program Manager, or call (320) 363-2930.