Artist Fellowship

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Nathan J. Bray
Recipient Type
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
March 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

My project proposal is to develop a body of work that is larger in size. I would like to explore assembling wheel thrown forms to create sculptures. Years ago, I made many sculptural pieces using assembled wheel thrown parts and I would like to expand on those ideas. I would also like to have the ability to make larger pieces having a wheel capable of it and a kiln large enough to fire larger work. While creating new work, I will extensively test and develop more colorful glazes for firing my work at cone 3. I have been firing at this temperature for 6 years and have a strong grasp of how to continue developing glazes if I have the funding for materials. The outcome of this project will be visible in the advancement and quality of my work. I have many ways of evaluating the outcome of my work. The amount of interest in my work through art shows and galleries as well as online sales is the most noticeable outcome. I also use a variety of social media to connect with thousands of other ceramic artists who critique or compliment aspects of my work. I am my own worst critic and steadily push myself to make higher quality ceramic art with every piece that I make. I plan to continue entering juried art competitions to increase my regional and national recognition in the ceramic arts. I do not currently have a scheduled exhibition for this proposed project, however I am currently applying to galleries to have solo shows or to be part of group exhibitions.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The first measurable outcome was the finished work I created with the support of this grant. I made a variety of outdoor and indoor sculpture from totem poles to garden sculptures with lights. I created some indoor/ outdoor seating benches with ceramic stands which are also equipped with lighting in the pierced stands. These project an interesting array of light in shapes across. This project has given my professional career a boost as I am able to show that I can make more than just pottery. I have more images for my portfolio of artwork that pushes the limits of what can be done with clay.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview

Artist Fellowship

Project Details

Large scale indoor and outdoor sculpture. I plan to develop a new body of work that will be primarily sculptural. Using my background as an electrician and race car builder, I will create pieces that include a variety of lighting ideas.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Nathan J. Bray
(218) 290-7251
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of Music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artist, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director at KUMD.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Keiko Williams: musician, grants administrator; Kristen Anderson: fiber artist, educator; Karissa Isaacs: Associate Curator at the Tweed Museum; Robert Repinski: printmaker, Professor of Fine Art at University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed