Two graduating seniors from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Kira Keck ’16 (Fiber BFA) and Jenna Macy ’16 (Ceramics BFA), have been named 2016 Windgate Fellows.
The Windgate Fellowship Award is one of the most prestigious awards for emerging craft artists in America. Each year more than 100 universities from across the United States are invited to nominate two graduating seniors to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.
Kira Keck’s fellowship work will focus on rug making and will explore weaving in cross-generational and cross-cultural contexts. She will spend time at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft, the Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore, Harrisville Designs in New Hampshire, and will apprentice at Desen Halicilik, a weaving cooperative in Bergama, Turkey.
Jenna Macy’s fellowship work in ceramics, fiber, textiles, and glass will investigate the power of feminine voice. She will spend time at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in Brooklyn, New York, and in the Aboriginal weaving circles and personal studios of female artists in Australia.
Last year, MICA student Danielle Burke ’15 (Fiber BFA) was awarded a 2015 Windgate Fellowship.