The Idaho Commission on the Arts recently awarded Caroline Earley, professor in the Department of Art, Design and Visual Studies, a 2023 Fellowship in Visual Arts along with two other Idaho Artists. The awards, given every two years by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, recognizes outstanding artists, honoring work deemed to exhibit the highest artistic merit during peer review. Panelists from out of state review applications anonymously in a highly competitive process which judges existing work and professional history. The Idaho State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts provide funding for the fellowship. The Idaho Legislature consistently demonstrates support for Idahoans’ access to the arts, as does Congress through its support for the Endowment.
Earley attended the Clay Gulgong Festival in New South Wales, Australia, in April of this year as an invited master. The internationally recognized festival, a top event in world ceramics, regularly brings national and international artists.
Earley says that, “It’s been a real honor to be selected for the Visual Arts Fellowship and as a Master for the International Ceramic arts festival, Clay Gulgong this year. The Idaho Commission on the Arts has been very supportive of my work and I feel very grateful to have been given this award. I’ve always wanted to participate in Clay Gulgong and was very excited to receive the invitation from Artistic Director, Bernadette Mansfield. To take part as a demonstrator with the help of the expert assistance from Roz Hall, a recent graduate from the Australian National University was terrific. The organizers and delegates were welcoming and it was great to meet so many ceramic artists from Australia and New Zealand. I am really looking forward to going back to this wonderful event.”