Lynn Wadsworth was chosen to receive the Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant by our jurors because of the humor, intelligence, and “an element of surprise” in her work. Wadsworth confounds the idea of “women’s work,” creating incongruous connections between materials and processes. She undermines the concept of fine craft materials with handicraft materials and, in doing so, puts viewers in a position to question their assumptions of existing hierarchies on multiple levels. She has used her grant year to engage regional and national craft artists in conversations about the boundaries defining their practice in order to better understand her own studio compulsions. Her work has been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries including The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Northern Clay Center, Carleton College (all MN), and Rutgers University (NJ), Hyde Park Art Center (IL), Art in General (NY), Queens College (NY), A.I.R. Gallery (NY), and Momenta Fine Arts (PA).
Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant
The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program supports the work of Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. The 2019 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant recipients in the exhibition are: Erin Paradis, Zoë Powell, and Lynn Wadsworth. Each artist spent the past 8+ months pursuing a unique project, the results of which will be featured in the exhibition. This exhibition is supported in part by the Jerome Foundation.