NMU Alum is a recipient of the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists

Darcourt's Work
Darcourt’s Work

from the Northern Clay Center site

Nicolas is a recipient of the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Michigan University, and in 2006, his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. From 2007 to 2009 he was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. His ceramic work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and belongs to a number of private collections. He has taught ceramics at Minnesota State University Moorhead and The University of Minnesota. Nicolas is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department at Gustavus Adolphus College.

We are so excited to have his work at NCC in the Six McKnight Artists exhibition from July 8th – August 27th. Mark your calendars!


NMU Ceramics Program

NMU Art & Design Faculty Teach in Western China

Continuing an established relationship, Associate Dean and Director Daric Christian traveled with Professor Keith Ellis to Aba Teachers University in the town of  Shuimo, to work with 21 Art & Design students. The University is part of China’s Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture located in Western Sichuan Province China.

Students at Aba Teachers University with NMU Professors

During the visit, Director Christian lectured on western design methodologies, including color theory and visual design hierarchy. He then led a workshop on digital photographic illustration working with students to apply the lecture concepts.

Director Christian’s Lecture
Director Christian Working with Students

Professor Ellis presented the rules of working with western typography and led a workshop on the development of a custom typeface, giving the students a specific theme to incorporate.

Professor Ellis Working with Students

Director Christian and Professor Ellis were also involved in cultural exchanges with the faculty of the School of Art & Design at Aba Teachers University exchanging teaching and design methodologies. Two Traditional Chinese Painting Faculty will be traveling to the School of Art & Design in October of 2017 to work with our students.

Enjoying local “Hot Pot” with Aba University Faculty