mckeown special projects awards
These awards were created and funded in 2002  by Byron and Deanne McKeown. At present they are open to students majoring in Ceramics and Sculpture, although it is possible that they may be extended to other departments in coming years.

Concept Statement:
  We see our grant as a way to minimize a financial obstacle when it's the only thing preventing an abstract concept from becoming a reality. We are not even sure that the execution of the concept has to be successful. Naturally, we all want to succeed, but  it is possible that more is learned from failure than from success. The most important thing we both learned at KCAI was to ask questions, not how to answer them correctly. We really have to encourage more young people to identify the problem, not the solution. Our society has lots of bright folks that are very adept at solving problems, but not many know how to identify them.
   Being an artist is not an excuse for being unable to communicate outside your area of talent. To effectively communicate we need, not only to learn other languages, but we also need to learn how to select the one most appropriate for a give situation. Whether it's explaining our work to a client, sharing an idea with a stranger, teaching a class, or in this case, asking for a grant, it's all about communication.

The Award:
The funds are intended to:
-buy materials, small tools, and/or equipment to help fund the production of artwork.
- travel to study and document art or other areas of interest in another locale.

The total amount of money for each grant is $2000.

Students must complete one semester of studio work in good standing and enrolled as with a major area of study.

Application process:

1.  Type and submit a proposal which clearly describes your intended project and the reasons it will further your development as an artist. Where will the project occur? What is the time line?

2.  Submit a budget with your proposal. Make an itemized list of expenditures. Be sure to carefully consider the total cost of the project (including documentation) and to research the costs of individual items.

3.  Submit any pertinent support materials, such as drawings for a proposed piece or installation, or about a museum or locale you plan to visit and why.

4.  Submit at least six labeled slides or CD of your past art work.

5.  The project must be completed by the end of the spring semester of each year.
McKeown Special Projects Award Recipients

2001 - 2002
Ceramics:
Lindsay Berquist - $735
Meg Flynn -$844
Amalia Marino - $425

2002 - 2003
Ceramics:
Cara Long - $758
Kim Hallisey - $740
Leone Anne Reeves - $677

2003 - 2004
Ceramics:
Teri Frame - $753
Elaine McHard - $603
Jennifer Pouneymirou - $803

2004 - 2005
Ceramics:
Scott Rosenberg - $756
Mike Fujita - $607
Teri Frame - $637
Sculpture:
Anna Meyers - $500
Sarah Grothaus - $300
Louie Hinnen - $300
Brittany Prater - $300
Rachael Thomas - $250
Lizz Born - $200
Eli Pupovac - $150

2005 - 2006
Ceramics:
Tiff Hockin - $840
Robert Wetherigton - $981
Sculpture:
Nathan (Tex) Jernigan
Zachary Meyers
Kat Dison

2006 - 2007
Ceramics
Andrea Martin
Korla Luckeroth
Tyra Forker
Sculpture:
Nathan (Tex) Jernigan
Julie Potratz

2007 - 2008
Ceramics:
Calder Kamin - $653
Karla Luckeroth - $567
Casey Whittier - $780
Sculpture:
Sean M. Starowitz - $1000
Ryan LaFerney - $350
Samantha Persons - $650

2008 - 2009
Ceramics:
Keith Simpson - $800
Hanna Blackwell - $834
Julia Malen - $711
Sculpture:
Tim Morrales - $581
Stephanie Sterling - $895
Natalie Poserina - $1,245

2009 - 2010
Ceramics:
Ariel Bowman - $
Eric Thomas Wolever
Mariko Brown - $
Sculpture:
Matt Jacobs - $900
Megan Eysell - $500
Mitch Kirkwood - $150
Nick Missel - $450

2010 - 2011
Ceramics:
Margeuax Claude - $1,000
Ben Harle - $975
Robert Lugo - $325
Sculpture:
Tim Morrales - $815
Palmer Conroy - $685
Lea Griggs - $350
Ian Cochran - $150

2011 - 2012
Ceramics:
Ben Harle - $600
Hank Hafkemeyer - $465
WillPreman - $400
Katie Long - $300
Shae Bishop - $235
Sculpture:
Ian Cochran - $660
Marianne Laury - $500
Will Bradley - $480
Sarah Spratlin - $250
Max Newman - $100

2012 - 2013
Ceramics:
Brett Ginsburg - $349.99
Maret Millor - $239
Jennifer Watson -$685
Jordan Kern  - $100
Cydney Ross - $181
Maura Wright - $400
Sculpture:
Ben Gould - $500
Ian Cochran - $500
Molly Ryan - $500
Russel Hombs - $500

2013 - 2014
Ceramics:
Melanie Sherman - $175
Brandon Schnur - $500
Joey Watson - $360
Christian Baker - 380
Sebra Debrecht - $215
Jennifer Wilkinson - $470
Sculpture:
Rev. William E. Bradley - $900
Oliver T. Clark - $500
Siara Berry - $400
Kim Davidson - $200

2014 - 2015
Ceramics:
Awards given but
information unavailable
Sculpture:
Ben Davis -$150
Brandon Kintzer - $650
Emily Ehioffer - $150
Elizabeth Landes - $800
Albert Owens - $250

2015 - 2016
Ceramics:
Dia Saunders -$160
Nathan Neufeld - $500
Jose Serrano - $580
Taylor Baker - $360
Chase Travaille - $400
Sculpture:
Jennifer Green -$400
Damien R. Spader - $700
Lila Ferber - $600
Rowen Foster - $300

2016 - 2017
Ceramics:
Maddie Scott - $459
Austin Gradshaw - $332
Emily Souers - $735
Sculpture:
Ashley Cusick - $105
Elizabeth Kay Derstine - $100
Courtney Dozier - $250
Lila Ferber  - $125
Hanna Fine  - $350
Kiana Henley  - $220
Rowan Foster  - $500
Annelise Kinney  - $100
Damien Randolph-Spader  - $250




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award recpients' comments
links to department head websites
www.caryesser.com
www.wickersonstudios.com
ceramics
sculpture
A possi ad esse.
From possibility to actuality.
Cary Esser
Chair: Ceramics
Michael Wickerson
Chair: Sculpture
2017 - 2018
Ceramics:
Raegan Koepsel - $350
Katie Pilmaier - $450
Andrew Castaneda - $450
Iliann Alvarez - $300
Chris Williams - $595
Caroline Stran - $485
Sculpture:
Joseph Canizales - $1,000
Hattie O'Dell - $1,115
Lisa Bjornstad - $

2018 - 2019
Ceramics:
Andrew Castaneda - $405
Iliann Alvarez - $270
Caroline Stran - $437
Chris Williams - $536
Raegan Koepsel - $315
Katie Pilmaier - $405
Sculpture:
Hattie Odell - $791
Joseph Canizales - $1,000
Lisa Bjornstad - $209

2019 - 2020
Ceramics:
Nicole McLaughlin - $550
Muriel Hansen - $160
Amy Young - $565
Valentina Trindade Soria - $725
Sculpture:

2020 - 2021
Ceramics:
Sculpture: