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Fourth-year SOAD student Nathaniel Atkinson wins prestigious Center for Craft fellowship

Nathaniel Atkinson, a fourth-year student in Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, has been awarded a 2020 Center for Craft Windgate-Lamar Fellowship and recognized by the Center for Craft, in Ashville, NC, as one of the top emerging craft artists in the United States.


Nathaniel Atkinson, a fourth-year student in Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, has been awarded a 2020 Center for Craft Windgate-Lamar Fellowship and recognized by the Center for Craft, in Ashville, NC, as one of the top emerging craft artists in the United States.

Atkinson uses materials derived from landscapes in which he immerses himself, and will work with local boat-builders who create historically and regionally accurate watercraft. As a Windgate-Lamar Fellow, he plans to study the spaces that foster development of the watercraft, teasing out the relationship between place and identity.

The Center for Craft Windgate-Lamar Fellowship supports emerging makers by providing $15,000 each to a diverse group of ten graduating college seniors – one of the largest awards offered to undergraduate students in the country. Evaluated on artistic merit as well as contributions to the field of craft, the awardees spend the twelve-month fellowship period engaged in practices that will further their careers.