Two Jewelry / Metal Arts Seniors Take Home Windgate Fellowships

California College of the Arts is proud to announce not one but two 2010 Windgate Fellowship Award recipients: Rachael Nyhus and Alexis Myre, each a senior in the Metal Arts / Jewelry Program. Only 10 fellowships are awarded annually, with each awardee receiving a $15,000 reward—making the award program notably competitive!

CCA was one of 70 “outstanding colleges/universities across the United States” chosen to participate in the Windgate Fellowship Award program, now in its fifth year, which is administered by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Each year participating institutions are invited to nominate just two graduating seniors to apply. Fellowships will be officially awarded in April. View each artist's submission.

"I can honestly say CCA did a tremendous job preparing me [for] this process," Myre confided. "The faculty and staff have been encouraging and thoughtful, and the workload we take on as students teaches how to balance both academics and studio work. I plan to apply for future residencies and grants as time goes on and I build a stronger body of work."

According to its website, “The Windgate Fellowship Award program was established to help encourage and advance the development of serious, innovative artists in the United States whose work is in some way related to, or informed by, the process, material, or idea of craft.”

Nyhus and Myre each worked collaboratively with Jewelry / Metal Arts professor and chair Marilyn da Silva, adjunct professor Curtis Arima, and Julie Caffey, undergraduate program manager, to prepare and submit their proposals for consideration.

“We are so excited for them, the department, and the college,” effused da Silva. (And she's not the only one: a representative who apparently has ties to the Bay Area, offered her adulation when I spoke to her because she "likes to see colleges in California do so well!")

About the Windgate Fellowship Award Program
The Windgate Fellowship Award program was established by the Windgate Charitable Trust to help encourage and advance the development of serious, innovative artists in the United States whose work is in some way related to, or informed by, the process, material, or idea of craft.