UW-Madison's Steven Kaplan-Pistiner, an undergraduate student in jewelry and metalsmithing with the School of Education's Art Department
, was selected as one of 10 recipients for The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design's (CCCD) Windgate Fellowship
This year, panelists selected 10 recipients from a national pool of 110 applicants. The applicants were reviewed on the basis of artistic merit, as well as the potential of the applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft.
Awardees receive $15,000, making it one of the largest national awards offered to art students.
According to Kaplan-Pistiner's award proposal, the fellowship will allow him to "further my research on the political and historical nature of ornamentation and metalwork, as well as continue to develop my fluency and sensibilities in the craft of metalsmithing and vitreous enamelwork. Using the funding to travel to Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, exploring my heritage as an individual of both German and Jewish descent, I will then return to the Midwest and establish my own professional studio with the goal of developing a body of work inspired by my experiences."
The effects of this support are easy to spot: Windgate Fellows hold full-time faculty position, are accepted into nationally renowned residence programs, mount solo shows and establish successful studios.