Penn State School of Visual Arts 2016 graduate Christine Fashion (B.F.A., focus on ceramics/sculpture) has received a prestigious Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD), a $15,000 award given to only ten graduating college seniors nationwide. The award is one of the largest offered nationally to art students.
Fashion was selected from a pool of 95 students who had been nominated from a network of more than 120 university art programs. The awards program is now in its 11th year.
“The Windgate Fellowship allows us a glimpse of the up-and-coming talent in the field emerging from the best craft programs in the country,” said CCCD Executive Director Stephanie Moore. “These artists are sincere in their efforts to explore and thinking about the materials in their practice and what it means for the future.”
Four panelists selected the applicants on the basis of artistic merit and their potential to make significant contributions to the field of craft. The 2016 selection panel included: Cora Fisher, curator of contemporary art for Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem; Andrea Donnelly, 2007 Windgate Fellow and fiber artist; Christopher Taylor, president of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia; and Giselle Huberman, president of the James Renwick Alliance.
Established in 1996, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design is a national nonprofit organization that advances the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States. Each year, CCCD administers more than $250,000 in grants to those working in the craft field. Located in Asheville, N.C., CCCD is home to Benchspace, a public gallery and workshop for investigating contemporary practices of making in the shifting creative landscape of the 21st century. For more information, visit craftcreativitydesign.org.
Photo by Tammy Hosterman