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Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics

Matthew O’Reilly, 2022 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics Winner, “Smoldering Grecian”, 2020. Ceramic, plaster, metal, paint. Collection of the Artist. Photo Courtesy of the Artist.

Submissions for the 2023 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics have now Closed

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is a national award for emerging ceramic artists. Thanks to the ongoing partnership between The Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts, held at Waterloo Region Community Foundation, and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, this award is presented annually to a practising emerging artist who has worked professionally for five to ten years as of the deadline date. Professional practice typically begins upon completion of a college or bachelor’s degree in ceramics. If alternate circumstances apply, demonstrate how you identify as an emerging artist in the cover letter portion of the application. The Award is intended to allow the artist to undertake a period of independent research or other activities with the goal of advancing his or her artistic and professional practice.

The winner of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics will receive $10,000. The winner and up to five finalists will have their work featured in a group exhibition at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery from May 2023 to September 2023. The exhibiting finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000 to assist the development of their practices. The Award will be presented at the opening reception, held at the Gallery in Waterloo on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 2:00pm. Transportation and accommodation will be provided to the winner, as required. In order to be eligible for the Award, applicants must be available to attend the reception on June 4 and be prepared to make a brief artist talk. The winner and finalists will be notified in early March.

About the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is supported by The Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts, held at Waterloo Region 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. The winner and up to five finalists are also included in a group exhibition at the Gallery.

Past recipients of the award truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic artists in Canada. Joon Hee Kim of Oakville, Ontario was the winner of the 2020 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. Click here to learn more about the 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 Waterloo Region Community Foundation

Waterloo Region Community Foundation (WRCF) collaborates with partners to create sustainable, equitable and thriving communities. We connect regionally and locally, working with three cities and four townships – to include the people and places across our region. Together, we develop forward-thinking innovative solutions and seize opportunities to meet current and future needs of our community. We make philanthropy easy for individuals and companies to support organizations and issues they care about. WRCF is focused on Granting, Impact Investing and Convening to make measurable and sustainable impacts. Gifts are directed to WRCF’s endowed funds that drive positive change through grants with the income generated being distributed in partnership with Fundholders to support a wide range of charitable causes within our community. A portion of the endowed funds are also used for impact investments that deliver both financial returns as well as positive social or environmental outcomes. As a leading community-building organization we also work to amplify voices and issues of importance by convening conversations and sharing information, while approaching our work with an equity mindset. www.wrcf.ca

Contact:

For additional information, contact Peter Flannery, Curator: 519.746.1882 x235 or awards@theclayandglass.ca.