The Steel Yard is proud to announce that Danika Notar and Vicki Milne are the recipients of the First Annual Resident Merit Awards in recognition of their artistic excellence and commitment to the creative community. Danika Notar has been awarded the 2017 Merit Award of $500 and Vicki Milne has been awarded the 2017 Merit Award of $250.
“It is truly phenomenal what these two artists accomplished during their time at the Steel Yard. I hope these awards will enable them to grow their creative practices and continue to invest in their work.” Said Islay Taylor, Associate Director of the Steel Yard. “The Merit Awards were made possible by an incredibly generous donor and exemplifies the powerful impact philanthropy can have on can have on artists and maker’s seeking creative spaces.”
The Steel Yard hosts Residency opportunities in Ceramics, Light Metals (Jewelry and metal forming), and Metals (Foundry, Blacksmithing, and Welding) that runs run from April 1st – December 1st. The Merit Awards were gifted between the time of residency period and is intended to stimulate and support a creative process outside of the Steel Yard’s shared studio space. In 2017, The Steel Yard hosted twelve artists in the Residency Program all of whom were encouraged to submit their applications for the Merit Awards. Applicants submitted images of the work created during their time at the Steel Yard that were then juried by a panel.
“Our 2017 Residents were truly a superlative cohort of artists and makers. Everyone who applied for the Merit Award had a strong application; we’re proud of the work that every resident was able to accomplish this year. Thank you. Danika and Vicki were selected for their outstanding craftsmanship as well as going above and as stewards in their community. They both very much embody the spirit the shared studio space and mission of the Steel Yard.” Said Taylor.
Danika Notar, Ceramics
2017 Merit Award Recipient
“I aspire to stretch the conventional boundaries of the functional pot in order to create my own forms that have a dynamic composition and flow of energy. I sketch a lot of ideas on paper. Then I start with wheel thrown basic forms like bowls and mugs and then begin to alter them by darting and rasping the soft leather hard forms. ” Said Danika Notar.
In addition to focusing on her own work, Danika was truly a boon to the community – she was constantly sharing her knowledge and was eager to engage with participants on public tours. Notar increased the Steel Yard’s glaze catalog three-fold and made numerous improvements to the overall health of the department.
Vicki Milne, Metals
2017 Merit Award Recipient
“Sculpture is, for me, poetry made visible. I enjoy the process of writing but sculpting allows me to express something complex and deeply personal succinctly and directly. Sculpture can convey an idea or emotion with more immediacy than words while allowing for a very broad range of interpretation.” Said Vicki.
Milne’s metal work is figurative and is also aesthetically very clean. Her sculptures incorporated mild steel, rolling and forming techniques, and hollow construction (which is an incredibly challenging process). She experimented with patinas and other surface finishes. The energy she puts into her pieces transformed them, bringing the metal to life.