North Carolina Arts Council announces Regional Artist Grant recipients

By CLTure News

December 27, 2016

The North Carolina Arts Council and ASC announced their 2017 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) recipients. This year, grants were awarded to 32 established and emerging artists of varied disciplines.

The RAPG provides funds for individuals and independent artists to pursue projects that further enhance their development with professional development experiences or purchasing or renting equipment.

“The creativity and innovation that individual artists bring to our lives is essential to the economy and vibrancy of our region,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “Regional Artists Project Grants provide several of the artists that live and work in our communities with resources that not only benefit their careers, but allow them to continue to creatively impact our cities and towns.”

The RAPG is open to artists in all disciplines and provides a grant of up to $2,000. This year’s grantees were selected from nearly 100 applicants, who requested a total of $158,989 for $50,000 in available funds. Recipients represent eight counties and disciplines from film to performing arts and literature to visual art.

Recipients were selected in a competitive process by 15 regional panelists. The program is funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, Blumenthal Emerging Artists Endowment, partner arts council and donors to ASC’s Annual Fund Drive.


2017 Regional Artist Project Grant Recipients:

Nancy Albert – $1,500 – Mecklenburg
To purchase an HP Spectre x360 laptop with Lightroom photographic editing software for high quality digital prints for exhibition and publication.

Orr Ambrose – $400 – Mecklenburg
To support purchase of Levant garage floor mats for the purpose of improving studio work space.

Emily Andress – $2,000 – Mecklenburg
To support participation in a one month artist residency in Paris, France, culminating in a pop-up gallery show.

Luis Ardila – $897 – Mecklenburg
To purchase framing tools.

Cindy Ballaro – $2,000 – Cabarrus
To support In-A-Chord’s attendance at the 12th annual Posi (Positive) Music Festival. In-A-Chord is the singer/songwriting duo Cindy Ballaro and Paul Huff.

Lee Baumgarten – $1,926 – Mecklenburg
To purchase a MIG welder for work in sculpture.

Kojo Bey – $2,000 – Mecklenburg
To attend a two-day healing dance movements workshop.

David Caldwell – $1,792 – Cleveland
To purchase basswood to produce relief and sculptural carvings for commissions and spec work.

Nicci Canada – $700 – Mecklenburg
To purchase a computer for marketing and music recordings.

Tenya Colemon – $2,000 – Mecklenburg
To support a jazz recording project with a traditional jazz quartet.

Barbara Ellis – $1,055 – Mecklenburg
To support participation in the Contemporary Portraits in Acrylic workshop at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Edwin Gil – $2,000 – Mecklenburg
To attend hot glass workshops at the Penland School of Crafts in the spring and fall of 2017.

Maja Godlewska – $1,968 – Mecklenburg
To purchase oil paints to create a body of paintings during the art residency at The Studios of Key West in Florida.

Matt Horick – $1,900 – York
To purchase steel to build a gantry and two fabrication tables in home studio.

Paul Keysar – $2,000 – Mecklenburg
To purchase a Macbook Pro for research, photo editing and artist promotions.

Vadim Kolpakov – $2,000 – Mecklenburg
To support a recording session for “The VS Guitar Duo – Famous Tunes, Gypsy style.”

Chad Lawson – $2,000 – Mecklenburg
To purchase recording microphones.

Jessica Lindsey – $2,000 – Mecklenburg
To complete a CD project of music for clarinet and piano by women composers.

Paula Martinac – $1,236 – Mecklenburg
To attend a fiction writing master class at the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop.

Nicholas Napoletano – $2,000 – Mecklenburg
To purchase a Cintiq 27QHD creative pen and touch display set.

Kelly Ozust – $1,500 – York
To hire a professional choreographer to set a dance for three collaborating dancers: Emily Morgan, Kelly Ozust, and Meg Schriffen.

Ron Philbeck – $1,080 – Cleveland
To purchase a professional grade electric pottery wheel.

Erin Pushman – $1,056 – Mecklenburg
To attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference.

Jackie Radford – $1,665 – Gaston
To purchase a MBM Triumph 1080 Paper Cutter.

Claire Ritter – $2,000 – Union
To record a live two-piano performance with MacArthur Genius Grant pianist Ran Blake at Queens University.

Melissa Salpietra – $1,825 – Mecklenburg
To purchase a hard drive for 4K video editing.

Matthew Shearer – $1,650 – Mecklenburg
To purchase a new laptop computer for video editing, graphic design and sound editing.

Sydney Sogol – $650 – Mecklenburg
To purchase an automated yarn baller for work in fiber arts.

Jason Stein – $1,078 – Union
To purchase an oxygen-acetylene torch setup for casting and welding sculptural forms and units.

Caroline Stephenson – $676 – Stanly
To attend the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University.

Caroline Waterman – $900 – Mecklenburg
To purchase a UV exposure box to be used to print platinum palladium and other historic processes.

Pamela Winegard – $1,988 – Rowan
To purchase darkroom equipment for printmaking.

Learn more about North Carolina Arts Council and ASC.

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