Welcoming Westchester Artists

The Westchester Community Foundation’s Emily and Harold E. Valentine and Evelyn Gable Clark Scholarship Fund supports fellowships for emerging artists with strong ties to Westchester County. The fund seeks to place culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged artists who are seriously dedicated to their crafts, in cultural and artistic facilities as a means of launching their budding career. The Westchester Community Fellowship at Clay Art Center is intended as an in-depth mentorship in which early career ceramic artists can develop their own artwork, establish themselves as educators in the field, and gain experience in outreach arts education programing.

Clay Art Center provides a supportive ceramic community, while appreciating the need for privacy and independent work.


The recipient will receive a prestigious one-year Fellowship at the Clay Art Center, which provides the following: 

  • A 10’x10’ studio space and access to glazes, equipment, and kilns.

  • Attendance at a many visiting artist workshops and lectures over offered at our facility over the course of the year. 

  • Experience the NCECA Conference (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) in March including registration, travel and housing accommodations. 

  • The resident will receive a $500 monthly stipend, in addition to paid teaching opportunities to help with living expenses.

  • The resident will spend an average of 6-8 hours a week teaching in the Westchester and Port Chester community, including our family workshops, K-12 residencies, mosaic programs, and programs for those with special needs.

  • The resident will spend 15 hours a week working for Clay Art Center, assisting in the studio with the goal of becoming proficient in a range of studio management skills in a community environment, as well as special projects.


  • One year Commitment beginning September 1st 2019

  • The fellow will have 15 hours of studio responsibilities on a weekly basis, including but not limited to the firing of all community arts related artwork, participation in mosaic installations, and offsite promotional events.

  • The chosen individual will be required to spend afternoons during the school year teaching ceramics in after school programs, therefore gaining real life teaching experience and additional income.

  • Dedication of 20 – 25 hours a week working his/hers/theirs studio per week, to develop a body of artwork.

  • Before the end of the residency, we ask that the fellow join our artist in residence in creating approximately 60 cups for our annual fall fundraiser.


  • Applications are restricted to clay artists who have completed formal undergraduate and/or graduate academic training by the start of the fellowship period. Art Education majors with a focus in ceramics may also apply.

  • A strong foundational base in the medium of ceramics as well as a clear direction in their own artwork.

  • Applicants must be current or former Westchester County residents, age 30 or younger, with financial need.

  • The grantor will strongly consider culturally diverse, disadvantaged young people from groups traditionally underrepresented in arts disciplines

How to Apply

Applications must be received by December 1st. Please include the following content:

  • Application form

  • Resume 

  • Artist statement 

  • Letter of Intent

  • 5 images of work done in the last year 

  • 2 Professional Letters of References

All content should be sent to Kelly O’Sullivan at Communityarts@clayartcenter.org

Selection Process

It is the policy of Clay Art Center to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

All applications are reviewed by our Fellowship Committee. The selection process is based upon the strength of your application. Spaces in the program are made available as current fellows reach their term limit. Applicants must be current or former Westchester County residents, age 30 or younger, with financial need.

All applicants will be notified by May 1st. The residency will begin on September 1st.