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2006-2007 Fellowships and Residencies Awarded
Three ceramic artists were named winners of the Archie Bray Foundation's annual fellowship awards. The Lilian fellowship was awarded to figurative sculptor Christina West; potter Jennifer Allen was awarded the Taunt Fellowship; and the Lincoln Fellowship went to artist Joseph Pintz.

Each fellowship awards $5,000 and a one-year residency at the foundation to artists of exceptional accomplishment and promise. Beneficiaries are expected to embrace the Bray experience of community and exchange, and have the opportunity to focus their attention towards producing and exhibiting a significant body of work. Artists Richard Swanson and Sarah Jaeger joined Bray resident director Josh DeWeese in selecting this years award winners.

Click here to view 2006-2007 Fellowship Monograph written by Casey Ruble.
Christina West was born and raised in Owosso, Michigan. In 2003 she received a BFA from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York this past spring. West's work caters to her own interests in psychology, sociology, and narrative. With her work she says that she "...creates clay figures that become characters for other people's stories. (These figures) walk the line between the ordinary and the unusual, innocent and corrupt, and/or the public and private."

Christina West, Untitled (braiders)

Jennifer Allen, Jar

Jennifer Allen received her MFA from Indiana University and her BFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She also completed a summer residency at the Bray in 2003, when she was granted the Eric Myhre Scholarship. Allen's work commemorates various emotional and psychological influences including family, loss, beauty and mystery. From the significance of home, the transience of relationships and the awe of nature, Allen's fondest memories inform her creative process. Allen says, "I look to my pottery as individual utilitarian forms that mirror my perceptions of beauty, mystery, nourishment and celebration."
Joseph Pintz earned his Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and urban studies at Northwestern University and completed a post-baccalaureate study in ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In 2006, he received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Pintz' sculptural and functional work explore the role that domestic objects play in fulfilling our needs on a physical and emotional level. He creates minimal forms based on mundane objects from the domestic realm, concurrently referencing traditional pottery and implements associated with the hand. Pintz says his goal is " celebrate the poetics of the commonplace by sharing a sense of abundance, substance, and community through my work."

Joseph Pintz, Dinnerware

The Taunt, Lincoln, and Lilian fellowships are awarded in February each year and are made possible by Robert and Suzanne Taunt, Joan and David Lincoln, and an anonymous donor. The fellowships reflect the commitment of the donors to ceramic excellence and innovation, as well as their regard for the significance of the Bray's artistic community. The Archie Bray Foundation was the first artist residency program in the United States devoted solely to ceramics. For over fifty years the Bray has brought together artists with diverse backgrounds and approaches to the medium, creating an environment conducive to artistic exchange and individual expression.