Jonathan Mess Awarded 2015 Maine Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in Contemporary Craft

We are honored to share that Jonathan Mess has been awarded the Maine Arts Commission's 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship in Contemporary Craft! Maine Arts Commission

From the Maine Arts Commission website: The Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowships reward artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness regarding the eminence of the creative sector in Maine. The awards are made solely on the basis of artistic excellence. Due to the competitiveness of the Individual Artist Fellowship program and to avoid conflict of interest, all jurors selected for this program reside out of state. Funded through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission and the Belvedere Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, the seven fellows for 2015 are: Christine Dentremont (Swans Island) - Functional Craft Arts, Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers (Bar Harbor) - Performing Arts, Wade Kavanaugh (Albany Township) - Visual Arts, David Meiklejohn (Portland) - Media Arts, Jonathan Mess (Jefferson) - Contemporary Craft, Glenn Morazzini (Cumberland) - Literary Arts, Brian Theriault (Fort Kent) - Traditional Arts.

This is the first year that the Individual Artist Fellowship has been awarded in the category of Contemporary Craft. Jonathan is especially proud and humbled to receive this honor.

Jonathan Mess receives 2013 Chenven Foundation Award

We are thrilled to announce that Jonathan Mess has been selected to receive one of six 2013 grants awarded by the Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation in New York! Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation

2013 marks the 31st year of the Foundation's effort to support artists. From their website: "The Foundation follows on the lifelong commitment to the arts by both Ruth and Harold Chenven. In their lives together, they provided support to the arts through the purchase and commission of work by potters, wood workers, jewelers, and visual artists of all kinds. They raised their children to share this love of the arts and supported the artistic aspirations and achievements of children, grandchildren, and extended family. As a silversmith and jewelry designer, Ruth was acutely aware of the challenges faced by artists. Her vision, to provide support to individual artists and craftspersons, was brought into being by her loving husband, Harold, following her death. He continues to provide inspiration and support as the Foundation moves forward with its mission into the next generations of family, friends, and donors." Jonathan is honored to receive the foundation's support of his creative mission.

Jonathan will use funds from his Chenven Award to complete his current body of work, Leftovers, reclaiming and recycling waste ceramic materials from Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine into new sculptures and wall objects. Finished work from this series will be included in his solo show at Greenwich House Pottery in January 2014, and one sculpture will represent him in 2014 as a finalist in competition for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder's Prize at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA.

"Mess is in a class by himself as a Maine contemporary artist," writes Daniel Kany in the Maine Sunday Telegram

Jonathan received some excellent praise in Daniel Kany's review of The Stable Gallery in today's Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. Kany writes, "Mess is in a class by himself as a Maine contemporary artist. His ceramic sculptures are built up like sediments, and take on geological logic through their construction and firing processes.

The slips, glazes and clays shift, expand and shrink at varying rates in a way that mirrors geological activity on a macro level. What we see are cross-sections of layers of dynamic color and form with organic activity defining them. They are fascinating and powerful objects."

Read more in the article here: "Art Review: Among the many at Stable, clay bubbles to the top".

A selection of Jonathan Mess's ceramic sculptures and wall tiles are available at The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine through mid-October, and his ceramic sculptures will be featured in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial from September 29 through December 2. Come see them in person!