2019 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics
September 21 to November 17, 2019

Image: Creek & Crossing, 2013. Glazed earthenware and internal digital video projection on sanded mirror, carved wooden chairs, milk paint. Nurielle Stern.

The 2019 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics Winner, Nurielle Stern of Toronto, Ontario, is celebrated in this exhibition alongside finalists Trevor Baird (Montreal, QC), Naomi Clement (London, ON), Grace Han (Winnipeg, MB), Joon Hee Kim (Oakville, ON), Jocelyn Reid (Calgary, AB) and Zane Wilcox (Regina, SK).

The 2019 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics was juried by Pascale Girardin, Michele Hardy and Rory MacDonald. The jury would like to acknowledge a very competitive field of emerging ceramic artists who applied. The jury is unanimous in selecting Nurielle Stern as the recipient of this year’s award.  In her work, Stern demonstrates a combination of daring, rich investigation of narrative and subject matter and a mastery of her craft. The jury was impressed with the quality of her strong exhibition production combining work of installation and display as well as the strength of her proposed award project.  As part of her project, Stern will produce large-scale ceramic sculptures for exhibition, beginning with her participation in a residency at the California State University Long Beach Center for Contemporary Ceramics.

Nurielle Stern will provide a brief Artist Talk following the opening remarks at 2:30 pm on Sunday, September 29.

About the Award:

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is supported by The Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts, held at Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. This prestigious $10,000 award allows practising early career ceramic artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice.

Past recipients of the award truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic artists in Canada. Lindsay Montgomery of Toronto, Ontario was the winner of the 2018 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. Click here to learn more about winners of the award in past years.

About Winifred Shantz: The late Winifred Shantz was a driving force for the arts in Waterloo Region for more than 40 years. A successful ceramist, entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist, she was committed to finding ways to enable artists to reach their full potential.

About Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation: Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) enables people, companies and organizations to do more good by making it easy for Fundholders to give and for charities to receive money. When you make a donation to KWCF, they invest that gift into a permanent endowment fund which generates income that is then distributed through grants to support a wide range of charitable causes within our community. As a leading community-building organization in Waterloo Region, KWCF is focused on collaborating with partners to identify and meet current and future needs of our community, by enabling social capital and developing creative forward-thinking innovative solutions for place-based philanthropy.

About the Winner

Nurielle Stern is a ceramic sculpture and installation artist and a graduate of Alfred University’s renowned MFA program in Ceramic Art (2014). She has also studied ceramics at Sheridan College and holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD University. Stern’s most recent exhibition, Unswept Floor (Tesserae), was commissioned by the Gardiner Museum in response to Ai Weiwei: Unbroken. Her first collaborative exhibition with artist Nicholas Crombach, entitled Whale Fall, opened at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery for the summer of 2019. Stern’s upcoming exhibition  includes a large-scale commission for Gardiner Museum’s new Joan Courtois Gallery to be installed this coming fall.

About the Finalists

Large Vase 13, 2019. Underglazed and stained porcelain. Trevor Baird.

Pillow Platter, c. 2019. Hand-built stoneware with underglaze decoration. Naomi Clement.

Ziggurat 3.7, 2017. Reduction fired stoneware, copper, paint. Zane Wilcox.

Trevor Baird b.1990 lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. He holds a BFA from Concordia University and has been exhibited in Mexico, Canada, and The United States, most recently at the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Lansing; The Hole, New York; Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto and Projet Pangée, Montreal. He has attended residencies at the Banff Centre and the Rozynski Arts Centre and is featured in print in The Editorial Magazine, FREAKER UNLTD 1-3, and others.

Naomi Clement is an artist and educator who explores ideas of home and belonging through the powerful lens of functional ceramics. She received her MFA from Louisiana State University in 2017, and has participated in residencies, given lectures and workshops, and exhibited her work across North America. Naomi was named a 2017 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine, and her work was featured on the cover of the September 2018 issue of the magazine.

Grace Han is a ceramic artist originally trained in Seoul, South Korea. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Dankook University where she specialized in traditional Korean Ceramic techniques and skills. She immigrated to Canada in 2011 and received her Master of Fine Arts from University of Manitoba. Now she is pursuing her career as a ceramic artist in Canada, her new home.

Joon Hee Kim is a Canadian artist originally from Seoul, Korea. She studied design and patisserie, before becoming intrigued with ceramics at Sheridan College, extending to metal during her MA of Fine art in the UK. Her professional practice was also taken to Europe and Japan. Brimming with personal anecdotes and engaging narratives, her work has been exhibited in Canada, USA, and UK. Her latest solo exhibition took place at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery during the summer of 2019.

Jocelyn Reid is an artist from Calgary, Alberta. Reid received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2013, and has since exhibited her work widely. Reid was the recipient of the 2015 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship, and has participated in residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, The Banff Centre, and Guldagergaard, as well as at several other programs. Reid is the Ceramics Technician at AUArts, and currently lives and works in Calgary.

Zane Wilcox received an MFA from the University of Regina and a BMus from the University of British Columbia. He has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center. Zane’s work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and Australia, and is featured in public collections including the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Global Affairs Canada. Outside of the studio, he is active in roles such as juror, visiting artist, workshop presenter and teacher.

You Will Do What You Say, 2018. Glazed ceramic, Gold Luster. Joon Hee Kim.

Stone Series, 2019. Stoneware. Grace Han.

A place to rest (1), 2018. Cast porcelain, glaze, wood. Jocelyn Reid.