The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design has awarded ten graduating seniors each with $15,000 in the form of a Windgate Fellowship. Over 70 universities from across the United States were invited to each nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill in craft for one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students. Applicants completed an online application with images of their work and a proposal outlining how the $15,000 would enhance their career.
A panel of four recognized professionals reviewed the applications on the basis of artistic merit, the future promise of the applicants work, and the potential for the applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft. This year the program came full circle and the Center added Aaron McIntosh, a former Windgate Fellow, to the selection committee. Aaron received the Fellowship in 2006 and is now teaching textiles at James Madison University. The panel also included Dr. Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Studies Centre (England), Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY) and Kate Vogel, glass artist (Bakersville, NC). Ten students were selected from the national pool of 94 applicants. View Press Release.
Alida Bevirt, University of Oregon, BFA in Metals; Images (PDF)
Ryan Bogan, Eastern Michigan University, BFA in Metals; Images (PDF)
Meaghan Gates, California State University Chico, BFA in Ceramics; Images (PDF)
Jason Gray, Herron School of Art and Design, BFA in Furniture Design; Images (PDF)
Adam Ledford, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, BFA in Ceramics; Images (PDF) Website
Rebecca Manson, Rhode Island School of Design, BFA in Ceramics; Images (PDF) Website
Rachel Mauser, Murray State University, BFA in Book Arts; Images (PDF) Website
Zoe Sargent, University of Oregon, BFA in Fiber; Images (PDF) Website
Yulie Urano, Kansas City Art Institute, BFA in Fiber; Images (PDF) Website
Wes Valdez, Southern Illinois University, BFA in Glass; Images (PDF) Website
Asheville, NC – Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is underway. This summer, Benchspace Gallery & Workshop will investigate the implications of such technologies on the making of sculptural and functional objects in the 21st century.