“Get A Leg Up” Award
About the RCS Project Grant
RCS Project Grants are project-based awards open to alumni of Rat City Studios. The mission of these awards is to offer continued support, keep in touch with those who contributed to the growth of RCS, and to give them a leg up in their endeavors as artists. These awards are also meant to honor the legacy of mentors who have fostered through offering opportunity, kind words, or through leading as a role-model.
These awards are available to provide support for RCS artist projects, including the development, completion, or presentation of new work. Funding may be used for artist fees, materials, equipment, space rental, travel for research, documentation, professional development opportunities, marketing & promotion, and many other project needs.
A Note From Deb
I am growing support for past studio assistants who are making their way as artists in the field of ceramics. Emerging artists come to RCS to join in a 1-2 year work-trade exchange. Everyone gets something different out of it and leaves with an experience that will inform their professional development and studio practice. Many are forging a path as artists by furthering their learning, participating in a residency, and/ or setting up their own studio. They are succeeding! Yet, as we all know, this path is a long journey and a well placed leg up goes a long way. I see a need for continued support and encouragement, and therefore I am working to establish yearly project grants for RCS Alumni.
This Application is meant to be a supportive and connective process. Although I am not selecting the recipients of the award, I want to keep in touch with RCS Alumni and know what all of their hopes and dreams are. I hope that this little carrot will foster their continued professional growth as they add content to websites, polish grant proposals, and complete their proposed projects.
If you would like to support as a donor, consider matching or starting another award for RCS Alumni.
Type of Award: Project-based
Number of Awards: 3
Amount Awarded: $1000, $500, $ 500
Application Deadline January 15th
Dispersal: February 15th
Who is Eligible:
· Applicants must be actively working full or part-time as artists at the time of the application and payment
· Applicants must be a past studio assistant with Deb Schwartzkopf at Rat City Studios
(Between the years of 2010 and the present).
· Applicants must offer projects made predominantly in clay or related to a practice working in clay.
· Applicants must not have received a RCS Project Award the preceding year.
· If the applicant is a previous award winner, the 100-200 word outcome report must have been submitted.
Juror & Award Information: Jen Allen & Sandra Graf
Jen Allen is a studio potter living WV and teaching at WVU as well as workshops nationally. She is dedicated to supporting the next generation of artists and building the clay community.
Sandra Graf is a retired Boeing HR Specialist living in WA and is exploring new paths in creativity and travel. She is eager to further the growth of artists forging their own way forward.
The Kris Bliss Grant Memorial Award: Follow Your Bliss – $500
(1950-2016) Kris Bliss was a wholesale potter from Anchorage, Alaska for many years. She changed the path of many young potters as they came to work with her as studio assistants. She offered them the chance to see the ins and outs of maintaining a career as a production potter. Kris nurtured the dreams and skills of those who came to work for her with her kind attention and her own passion for making. This role model gave them skills and a support network to grow and begin to develop their own studio practice. To learn more about Kris, visit the linked article by Jen Allen.
The Ella Graf Memorial Award: Live Your Dream – $500
Ella Graf was a hard working dreamer. She immigrated to the US shortly after WWII with her family. Academic education was not available to her and much of what she learned, she figured out by observing others, and trial and error. She raised her family, using creativity to solve problems. She was an avid supporter of learning and constant individual growth. She was always in movement – gardening, cooking and creating handiwork for family and friends.
About Rat City Studios
The mission of Rat City Studios is to engage and build community through clay – one person, one neighborhood, and one experience at a time. Rat City Studios is a place for innovative experiential learning, quality community classes, emerging artist opportunities, and working with clay. It is a place where people come together to learn and grow.
Rat City Studios began as Deb Schwartzkopf’s drive to have a personal studio where she could make work and hold workshops. As she mentored assistants it became clear that they needed a space to invest time in their individual artistic practice. In 2013, Deb purchased her home and studio in West Seattle. Rat City Studios has now evolved into a communal clay establishment. It is home to Deb’s production pottery studio, communal pottery education classroom, several semiprivate artist assistant studios, and kiln yard. Through these endeavors, people are brought together to connect with each other and feed their creativity.
Join the Rat Race!
How to Apply
Via the RCS Website application form. Read the guidelines and instructions carefully. Not following the guidelines may result in your application being withdrawn. Consider preparing everything in a word document and then cutting and pasting your submissions into the form. Don’t wait until the last minute. Start your application at least a week before the deadline and don’t wait until the last hour to submit it. We are unable to accept applications after the deadline for any reason, including technical issues.
Artist Statement - 100 words;
Artist biography - 100 words;
Project description - 350 words;
Work samples/ Images
· Cut and Paste your artist statement into the Award form field online.
· Share your vision of your work and where you are going. What are you communicating? What group are you reaching? What are you investigating? Try not to duplicate information you give in the bio or project description.
· Cut and Paste your biography into the Award form field.
· The artist biography provides information that might not be found elsewhere in the application, such as where the applicant was born or grew up impacts your, details about your training or work process, career development, etc. 100 Words Max.
· Cut and Paste your Project description into the Award form field.
· The project description tells the story of your project in a straightforward and persuasive tone. A good project description explains the who, what, when, where, and why of your project. It gives specific details about the project, its timeline, and your intentions and goals, and shows why you need funding right now and how the project will impact your career. The project description is limited to 350 words or less.
· Submit a direct Link from your website to the Award from field.
· The artist résumé includes dates and locations of exhibitions or presentations of work; dates and titles of publications that have included your work; recognition or awards received; bibliography; education; Assume that the juror is unfamiliar with you and your past work.
· Follow the provided link to complete the Project Budget. (LINK)
· Follow the instructions on the Google Drive Budget Form.
· Add URL to your completed Budget to the Award Form.
· Submit a direct link to the gallery of captioned images on your website
(Captions should include - title, size, material)
· The first ten images on the gallery page link you supply will be considered representational of your current body of work. The juror will look for a correlation between your current work and how this project will support your artistic development.
· Jurors will be looking for supporting titles, materials, and dates of artwork.
The Juror will review all eligible applications submitted through the RCS Website AWARD FORM.
The juror will selects the recipients based on: Artistic excellence, Project clarity, & Likelihood that the project will be completed based on the project description, professional background, and budget
Announcement and Payment
Award Applications are due via the RCS Award form on or before January 15th.
Notification will be made February 5th.
Awards will be disbursed February 15th.
Award recipients are expected to complete a short statement (between 100-200 words) before January 1st of the following year describing the outcome of the project and its impact on the recipient.
Works created with award funds belong to the artist. RCS keeps the recipients’ applications and submitted work samples for promotional and archival purposes as well as in educational materials such as sample applications.
RCS is not responsible for loss or damage of the submitted application or support materials due to technological failure or unforeseen circumstances.