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Ceramic art student AU’s first-ever Windgate Fellow, an emerging artist in field of 10

Alfred University student Joseph Kraft has been named a 2012 Windgate Fellow, a prestigious award program for emerging artists.

Kraft, a senior ceramic art major in the School of Art & Design, is Alfred University’s first-ever Windgate Fellow. The son of John and Andrea Kraft, he is a graduate of Batavia High School, Batavia, Ill.

The Windgate Fellowship Award Program was established to encourage and advance the development of serious, innovative American artists whose work is in some way related to the process, material, traditions and/or sensibilities of craft.

"Joe Kraft is a wonderful, gifted young man - a testament to the very best Alfred stands for in the world of art and intellectual achievement," said Professor of Ceramics D. Wayne Higby, Kraft’s senior adviser.

Each year, applicants from over 100 invited colleges and universities submit project proposals to be reviewed by the selection panel. This year there were 114 applicants who were given a thorough review by the selection panel which advanced 21 candidates for the advanced round of in-person meetings. The selection panel reviewed each proposal, deliberated the online score results, and selected the 10 Fellows to receive $15,000 to complete their proposals within 18 months, documenting their successes and challenges in an online journal.

The 2012 panel included Helen W. Drutt English, educator/gallerist; Nate Moren, 2008 Windgate Fellow, co-owner and designer for Tandem Made, wood artist and furniture designer; Ann (Annie) Morhauser, founder of Annieglass; and Kevin Snipes, ceramic artist.

The Windgate Fellowship is sponsored by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD), a center of the University of North Carolina-Asheville. The CCCD was established to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, scholarship and professional development.