2020 Ray Grimm Memorial Award Application

  • Wed, April 01, 2020

For the seventh time the Oregon Potters Association is privileged to celebrate the life and work of Ray Grimm by offering a $1500 award for a clay arts educator to use in their classroom to enhance the program for attending students. With this award, the Grimm Family hopes to support ceramic educators to provide expanded instructional resources. These funds will be awarded to a ceramics educator who is teaching in private or public institutions, art centers or adult education.

The Legacy Ray left to us

Raymond taught ceramics and hot glass at Portland State University for 32 years and Cannon Beach’s Haystack arts program for 8 years; helping to spread the burgeoning handcraft revival by training a good proportion of the outstanding art teachers working today and over the past fifty years. His students had the benefit of workshops with Peter Voulkos, Daniel Rhodes, Paul Soldner and Marvin Lipofsky, to name just a few. One PSU faculty said that his ceramic department was where the excitement and action was.

Call For Entry

  • Applicants must be educators anywhere within Oregon and SW Washington area, and be instructing students in the Ceramic Arts. Your institution may be in private or public schools – Elementary, Middle or High Schools, college level, community based classes or adult education. Privately teaching in your own studio does not qualify.

  • OPA members who only instruct through OPA’s Clay In Education do not qualify because they may be approved for clay in Education funds.

  • The Applicant must complete a proposal, maximum one page (no font less than 11), outlining and explaining how the funds would be utilized to aid and enrich the student’s experience. The award may be used to fund equipment materials and supplies, field trips, or bring in outside instruction - just to name a few. Your proposal should start with your name and address, and the name and address of the school or institution where the funds will be used, digital photographs can accompany your submissions.

  • Applications are to be received electronically or by post by Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Jury Process completed by Monday, April 13th, 2020. The winner of the award will be decided by a jury process consisting of arts professionals, educators or associates.

Presentation of Award

The award will be presented at the Ceramics Showcase Awards Ceremony at the Convention Center, in Portland, on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020. It is requested that the winner be present for this award.

Responsibility of Recipient

Recipient of the 2020 Ray Grimm Memorial Award will be required to report back to the Board of Directors on usage of the award and perhaps make a presentation at one of the OPA General Membership meetings prior to the 2020 Ceramics Showcase. The award money can be used for the 2020-2021 school year or the following year, 2021-2022.

*Applications can be sent to Michael Simmons’ email at seldomsceneartworks@gmail.com


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