CCA Seniors Katharine Payne & Stacy Motte Win 2016 Windgate Fellowship Awards

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The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design recently announced CCA Ceramics senior Katharine Payne and Furniture senior Stacy Motte were each awarded a 2016 Windgate Fellowship Award, bringing to eight the total number of CCA students to date who've earned this distinction since the award program launched.

Now in its 11th year, the recognition continues to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for emerging craft artists in the United States.

Four panelists reviewed a national pool of 95 Windgate Fellowship applicants from 63 universities and 18 Windgate Project Grant applicants to select the 2016 Fellows and Project Grant recipients on the basis of artistic merit.

They also discerned the potential of each applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft.

Each year more than 100 universities from across the country are invited to nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.

Meet the 2016 Windgate Fellows

Katharine Payne

"With the Windgate Fellowship," Payne's award proposal states, "I will pursue a distinguished assistantship with artist Chris Antemann.

"From there, I will conduct field research at various locations around Italy to research such topics as self-perception in relation to contemporary culture and how objects of innovation from the Renaissance, such as the mirror, affected identity and self-perception.

"My fellowship will conclude with a short-term residency at La Meridiana in Tuscany."

Stacy Motte

From Motte's award proposal: "The Windgate Fellowship will allow me to research and produce a body of work that explores the influence of 19th century ideology on the contemporary notion of objectivity in art and science.

"I will travel to the United Kingdom and Austria to visit some of Europe’s first curio collections and study the process through which personal archives became collective history and the foundational artifacts of the Natural Sciences."

Past CCA Windgate Awardees

Indira Allegra (Individualized Major 2015)
Hilary Sanders and Michael Esteban (each Jewelry / Metal Arts 2013)
Kaii Tu (Individualized Major 2012)
Rachael Nyhus and Alexis Myre* (each Jewelry / Metal Arts 2010)

* Myre was honored as a featured artist in Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship, the first exhibition solely representing the work of Windgate Fellows, which opened at SOFA Chicago (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design) in October 2013.

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