PAST WINDGATE AWARDS

  • 2013 Windgate Fellowship Awards
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  • 2013 Windgate Fellowship Awards

    Each year, ten graduating seniors working in a craft medium or process are awarded a $15,000 Windgate Fellowship Award. Over 100 colleges and universities across the country are invited to nominate two applicants for the online panel selection process.

    On Thursday, April 4, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design hosted the selection panel to name the 2013 Windgate Fellows.  The selection process presents a rare opportunity to survey the best and brightest emerging makers in the field of craft. We are honored to continue the important legacy of this program – one that gives these emerging artists both the validation and financial resources to pursue their dreams.

    This year, we received 115 nominations from 68 Universities – again the highest number of nominations and the most Universities that have participated since the program began in 2006.  These 115 nominations were given a thorough and thoughtful review by the panel which included: Dustin Farnsworth, 2010 Windgate Fellow and Penland Resident Artist; Jayson Lawfer, Director Creator and Director of The Nevica ProjectJulie Muniz, Associate Curator of Craft and Decorative Arts at the Oakland Museum of California; and Mark Leach, Executive Director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

    The selection panel advanced 25 candidates to the final round for further consideration.  During the in-person meeting on April 4, the panel reviewed each proposal by these 25 candidates, deliberated the online score results, and selected the ten Fellows.  We had a moving day in the afternoon and caught all 10 on the phone to inform them of the great news. View press release.

    Sasha Alexandra, Kansas City Art Institute, Ceramics  Website
    Emily Chase, University of Arkansas, Mixed Media/Paper  Website
    Andrea Clark, University of Kentucky, Ceramics  Website
    Gabriel Cruz-Ramirez, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Furniture  Website
    Michael Esteban, California College of the Arts, Metal  Website
    Christopher Fong, Otis College of Art & Design, Mixed Media/Product Design  Website
    Anna Greer, University of Oregon, Jewelry
    Alexandra Perez-Demma, San Diego State University, Jewelry  Website
    Madeleine Provost, Parsons the New School for Design, Textiles
    Hilary Sanders, California College of the Arts, Jewelry  Website

    Sasha Alexandra, Kansas City Art Insitiute, Ceramics

     

    Award Proposal

    In Germany, France, and England I will examine architectural environments that integrate ceramic components as design elements. This research will inform a body of work that questions how context and display can impact the perceived value of ceramic objects.

     

    Emily Chase, University of Arkansas, Mixed Media/Paper

     

    Award Proposal

    I will travel to Japan, New York City, and Penland School of Crafts to expand my knowledge of both western and non-western costume and culture, and to learn new papermaking and sculptural techniques. Additionally, the provision of a studio space will allow me to create more fulfilling and skillful objects.

     

    Andrea Clark, University of Kentucky, Ceramics

     

    Award Proposal

    The fellowship would fund my continued research on the vast capabilities of the ceramic material by sourcing equipment and providing for visits to both the European Ceramic Work Centre (the Netherlands) and the International Ceramic Design Symposium (Budapest) to contextualize my work within the field of contemporary ceramics. 

     

    Gabriel Cruz-Ramirez, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Furniture

     

    Award Proposal

    Through the fellowship, I will further my design by attending conferences, explore different approaches to furniture from important designers around the world, and have the opportunity to approach my practice from an international perspective. I will refine my craft by attending workshops and setting up my own professional studio practice.

     

    Michael Esteban, California College of the Arts, Metal

     

    Award Proposal

    I will begin in Spain studying blacksmithing. I will then go to England, including London, Huddersfield and Leeds to study kinetics. When I return, I will take classes at Laney Community College and The Crucible in machining and kinetics.

     

    Christopher Fong, Otis College of Art & Design, Mixed Media/Product Design

     

    Award Proposal

    I will travel to Domain de Boisbuchet in southern France to study with Mischler’Traxler, then Eindhoven and London to visit graduate schools and museums. I will enroll into Penland’s black smithing and wood working workshops to sharpen my making skills.

     

    Anna Greer, University of Oregon, Jewelry

     

    Award Proposal

    I will continue my craft-based studio practice by setting up a studio and completing a new body of work, which aims to expand upon Craft’s potential to revalue embodied experience; Culminating in a solo-show in Portland in 18 months.

     

    Alexandra Perez-Demma, San Diego State University, Jewelry

     

    Award Proposal

    I will attend workshops in the Netherlands and Italy, while visiting contemporary jewelry exhibits in Amsterdam, Munich, and Florence.  After furnishing a studio, I will use this expanded knowledge and experiences to create a series of work that I will submit to exhibitions, publications, and for educational and professional advancements. 

     

    Madeleine Provost, Parsons the New School for Design, Textiles

     

    Award Proposal

    My craft is rooted in the art of clothing the body. I would use the Windgate Fellowship funds to enroll in a textile residency program to further explore artisanal handwork and couture techniques as they relate to sustainable design.

     

    Hilary Sanders, California College of the Arts, Jewelry

    Award Proposal

    This fellowship will allow me to further develop these unique drawing instruments and make them available to other artists. Through travel to Japan, and courses in experimental mark-making and garment construction, I will research and produce a body of work to be exhibited at the conclusion of the fellowship. 

     

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