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 studio residency for artists to experience a community-centered approach to ceramic art using local clay and natural materials. Eligible individuals include emerging visual artists of any discipline (ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, painting, etc.) from Minnesota or New York City.

Founded in 1979 by Master Potter and Artist-in-Residence Richard Bresnahan, The Saint John's Pottery demonstrates a commitment to the integration of art and life, the preservation of the environment, and the celebration of diverse cultures. The studio is located at Saint John's University in central Minnesota. 

The Jerome Foundation has supported emerging artists for 50 years. Created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, the foundation supports the creation of new works by emerging artists. The term emerging artist refers to artistic development, professional accomplishment, and recognition. The program supports 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.

Two award recipients are selected each year via jury to participate in residencies at The Saint John's Pottery during the month of June. Participants are provided studio space, clay, access to technical assistance, an award of $3,600, and room and board. Works are later fired in the Johanna Kiln, the largest wood-firing kiln in North America.  

To apply, provide a CD with 10 images, an image list document, and an artist resume with exhibition history in .pdf, .jpg, .doc, or .docx format. Label each image file with only a number (01.jpg, 02.jpg) and note the number, title, year, medium, and dimensions for each image in the image list document. 

Please mail applications to: The Saint John's Pottery Emerging Artist Program, 2810 Saint John's Road, Box 6377, Collegeville MN 56321. Applications must be received by Jan. 31st, 2015. Award recipients will be notified in March for each June residency. Submissions will not be returned. Applications for the 2014-2015 residency are now closed.

Although age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist, artists in BFA or MFA programs should finish all academic commitments before applying. For questions about The Saint John's Pottery and Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program, contact Steven Lemke, Program Manager, or call (320) 363-2930. Photography courtesy of James R. Dean.