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National Endowment for the Arts Funds Ceramics Residency in June

MICA plans to host events, tentatively scheduled for late fall 2012, in connection to the residency

Posted 06.04.12 by MICA Communications

Jeanne Quinn, "Everything Is Not As It Seems," porcelain, wire, paint, electrical hardware, 2009.

Recently, MICA was awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that will fund the Creative Residency in Ceramics and New Technologies project. Headed by Ceramics Department Chair David East, the residency will host a group of five nationally and internationally-known ceramics artists for three weeks at MICA from Monday, June 4 to Sunday, June 24. The overall goals of the project are to enable ceramic artists to gain valuable experience in a range of new digital fabrication technologies and provide a forum for the general public that will ignite a renewed interest in ceramics.

"I am thrilled and honored to receive this support from the NEA to continue my work on the initiative," said East upon hearing the news. "This grant will enable MICA to continue developing its leadership role in ceramics and new technologies and will support a group of leaders in the field in exploring the potential of these new methods of working, as well as future pedagogy and programs within the MICA community."

Under the leadership of East, the project team consists of ceramic artists Neil Forrest, Rory MacDonald, Julie York, and Jeanne Quinn. The group will focus its time in residence on works that explore new methods of working and engage in critical dialogue about the effect and importance of these new tools. Following the residency will be exhibitions of the works created and a symposium, tentatively scheduled for late fall 2012, that will be hosted on campus.

Image caption: Jeanne Quinn, Everything Is Not As It Seems, porcelain, wire, paint, electrical hardware, 2009.