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Archie Bray Foundation receives generous grant in support of ceramic residencies from the Windgate Charitable Foundation
December 1, 2011

This fall, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts received a generous two-year grant, totaling $148,800, from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The grant will support artist fellowships and studio costs for four long-term residencies, and scholarships and studio costs for eight summer residencies.

Currently at the Bray, there are six private individuals who have each committed to providing $5,000 fellowships for long-term residents and two individuals providing scholarships for summer residents. With the help of the Windgate Foundation grant, four more $5,000 fellowships will be awarded, allowing all ten long-term residents to receive fellowship support and a minimum of a $700 scholarship for all summer residents. In addition, the Wingate Foundation grant will provide funding for operation of the resident studios, $7,200 annually for each long term resident, and $2,500 for every summer resident.

Kelly Garrett Rathbone,
2009 Matsutani Fellow

Creating fully funded-residencies and summer stipends is critical to the Bray’s mission of providing “a fine place to work” for ceramic artists.  The support from the individual fellowship sponsors and the Windgate Foundation helps to reduce the financial burden on the residents during their time at the Bray. This allows them more time in the studio to develop their artwork and less time working full or part-time jobs to make ends meet.

Andrew Casto, 2011 MJD Fellow

"This gift from the Windgate Charitable Foundation will be an incredible benefit to our artists and will allow them to focus more of their time in the studio. Being able to provide this generous financial support to each and every resident artist helps the Bray fulfill its mission and reinforces its commitment to furthering ceramic art.”

–Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director

The Windgate Charitable Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established in 1993. A principal goal of the foundation is to fund projects that promote art and craft education.

For more information about fellowships and residencies or to apply click here.