UNCA’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announces 2013 Windgate Fellows

Press release

UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announces the winners of the 2013 Windgate Fellowships, awarded to 10 graduating college seniors with exemplary skill in craft. Each Windgate Fellow receives $15,000 – one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students.

“The Windgate Fellowship program gives us a glimpse of the best emerging talent in the field of craft,” says Stephanie Moore, executive director of the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. “The funds generously provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation are critical and impact these artists in profound ways.”

Four judges reviewed a national pool of 115 applicants on the basis of artistic merit and the potential of each applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft. The 2013 panel included: Dustin Farnsworth, 2010 Windgate Fellow and Penland resident artist; Jayson Lawfer, creator and director of The Nevica Project; Julie Muñiz, associate curator of design and decorative arts at the Oakland Museum of California; and Mark Leach, executive director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

Winners of the 2013 Windgate Fellowships are:

Sasha Alexandra, Kansas City Art Institute, Ceramics
Emily Chase, University of Arkansas, Mixed Media/Paper
Andrea Clark, University of Kentucky, Ceramics
Gabriel Cruz-Ramirez, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Furniture
Michael Esteban, California College of the Arts, Metal
Christopher Fong, Otis College of Art & Design, Mixed Media/Product Design
Anna Greer, University of Oregon, Jewelry
Alexandra Perez-Demma, San Diego State University, Jewelry
Madeleine Provost, Parsons the New School for Design, Textiles
Hilary Sanders, California College of the Arts, Jewelry
Since 2006, the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design has awarded the Windgate Fellowships to 80 graduating seniors working in craft representing more than 68 colleges and universities.

The Center’s mission is to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, scholarship and professional development. For more information, visit craftcreativitydesign.org or call 828/890-2050.


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