The Saint John’s Pottery and SJU receive grant from Jerome Foundation

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February 9, 2017

The Saint John's Pottery and Saint John's University have received a Jerome Foundation General Program Grant of $51,500. This two-year award continues an annual program inviting emerging artists from Minnesota and New York City to create artwork at The Saint John's Pottery. 

The Saint John's Pottery Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program is a short-term, intensive clay studio residency for artists to use local and natural ceramic materials. It is the only emerging artist program in the region that supports visual artists interested in indigenous materials. 

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

The Saint John's Pottery was founded in 1979 by director and artist-in-residence Richard Bresnahan, and has administered the Emerging Artist Program since 1984. Unique to the program is the ability for the public to observe emerging artists at work. 

"We are thrilled to continue this program through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation. Hosting emerging artists from Minnesota and New York City is a one-of-a-kind experience for the artists, as well as for the multitude of campus guests who visit SJU and its community each summer," Bresnahan said. 

Emerging artists will be invited to apply through an open call and panel review process. Selected participants will be provided studio space, clay, access to technical assistance, an award stipend and room and board. Works from these residencies will be fired in the Johanna Kiln, the largest wood-burning kiln in North America. 

Applications are open until Feb. 20 for residencies taking place in summer 2017. Award recipients will be notified in March for each June residency.