Arts & Science Council names Regional Artist Project Grant recipients

Arts & Science Council names Regional Artist Project Grant recipients

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – The Arts & Science Council (ASC), in conjunction with arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford and York counties and with the support of the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC) and Blumenthal Endowment, has named the 2011 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) recipients. This year, grants were awarded to 19 visual artists and filmmakers.

The RAPG provides funds for individuals and groups of artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development. The discipline alternates every year. This year, visual artists and filmmakers were eligible to apply. Performing artists and writers will be eligible to apply in August 2011.

Established artists, those who have matured in their discipline and have 10 or more years of experience, were able to apply for up to $5,000 while emerging artists, those still new to their discipline with fewer than 10 years experience, could apply for up to $3,000. This year’s grantees were selected from 93 applicants, who requested a total of $329,726 for $50,000 in available funds.

ASC President Scott Provancher said the number of applicants and variety of projects for this year’s grant made for a tough selection process.

“The number of applicants speaks to the strength of artists and artistic expression in the region,” Provancher said. “We are proud to lead this consortium and help foster the development of artists every year since 1991.”

The RAPG is funded through contributions by the NCAC, Blumenthal Endowment, partner arts councils and ASC’s Annual Fund Drive.



2011-2012 Regional Artist Project Grant Recipients

April Denee Baker - $1,650
Mecklenburg County
To complete post-production of and submit to festivals a feature documentary about the motivations, lifestyles, and community relationships of 4-6 street artists who regularly perform at Trade & Tryon streets

Robert Crum - $3,500
Rowan County
To complete a series of figurative oil paintings that will be exhibited at the Florence Bianalle International Exhibition in Florence, Italy in December 2011

Judith Cutler - $2,547

Mecklenburg County
To purchase equipment and create a new body of work

Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend - $2,854

Cabarrus County
To purchase jewelry casting equipment

John W. Ford - $2,750
Mecklenburg County
To create new body of work, exhibit it during early 2011 and produce marketing documentation to solicit further exhibition opportunities

Heather D. Freeman - $2,250
Mecklenburg County
To animate 'Black Caroline, White Caroline'

Michael Gayk - $3,750
York County
To create a new body of sculptural work conceived from networked environmental sensors and rapid manufacturing techniques

Michael Hamlin-Smith - $3,750
Mecklenburg County
To attend an eight-week residential intensive concentration at the Penland School of Crafts to work and learn in a small group alongside two master potters

Brooke Hofsess - $2,706
Mecklenburg County
To experience an eight day residency with master papermaker Andrea Peterson with the intention of making a body of work and building the necessary equipment to outfit a studio space

Paul Keysar - $851
Mecklenburg County
To study the figure with master artists to enhance skills, make work more marketable, and purchase a digital camera to document work for promotional efforts

Bryce Lankford - $2,750
Mecklenburg County
To produce a body of work through the use of the beautiful imagery created by the "legacy" labor intensive technique of the photogravure

Annabel Manning - $2,750
Mecklenburg County
To develop new interactive tools and sound to provide an even richer aesthetic environment for participants who experience Manning’s art installations about immigration

Chrys Riviere-Blalock - $1,129
Cleveland County
To purchase art supplies needed to create new work for a solo exhibition scheduled to open at the Hickory Museum of Art on Nov. 11, 2011

Caroline Rust - $1,000
York County
To create quality digital images of work for a marketing portfolio

Donna Scott - $3,000
Mecklenburg County
To develop and execute a marketing plan for the film Aphasia in order to maximize screenings and awareness of the film and the artists involved

Andrew Stephenson - $3,500
Rutherford County
To support the building of a large wood fired pottery kiln and kiln shelter

Mary Tuma - $4,250
Mecklenburg County
To support Spirit Houses, a room scale installation of sheer empty over-scale garments that are sewn, crocheted, printed and suspended ceiling to floor

Julie Wiggins - $1,512
Mecklenburg County
To acquire a pug mill to recycle clay that accumulates as a result of artistic process, ultimately saving several hundred pounds of clay per year

Janet Williams - $3,500
Mecklenburg County
To support an installation at the Tampa International Airport in Fla. and for the production of new work


Krista Terrell | 704-335-3035
Aaron Fiedler | 704-335-3055

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