Undergraduate UW/Art student Steven Kaplan-Pistiner, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, was selected as one of ten recipients of the The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) Windgate Fellowship for his exemplary skill in craft. Awardees receive $15,000 – one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students.
This year, four panelists reviewed a national pool of 110 applicants on the basis of artistic merit. They also discerned the potential of each applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft. The results of such early support are already beginning to emerge. Today, Windgate Fellows hold full time faculty positions, are accepted into nationally renowned residence programs, mount solo shows, and establish successful studios. Over half have gone on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree. Their work can been seen in nationally traveling exhibitions, represented in galleries, and published in periodicals such as American Craft. Supporting the next generation is one of CCCD’s main focus areas identified to build a thriving national craft field.