17 Artists Awarded RAC Grants

Regional Arts Commission (RAC) Artists Support Grants are designed to provide direct funds for artists’ projects, needs, and creative opportunities in all disciplines. Direct support enables diverse artists of all disciplines to advance their careers. It is designed to be flexible and accessible and to encourage creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustained commitment to artistic work. The awards to 17 artists for the Fall 2013 round ranged from $584 to $3000.

Amy Reidel (Visual artist) –Travel to New York City for appointments with curators including with The Drawing Center.

Brett Williams (Visual artist/sound installation artist) – Funds to manufacture special armature and rigging for new sound sculpture for 2014 exhibition.

Carrie Becker (Visual artist/installation/photographer) – Digital equipment to complete new project of “Lilliputian Entropy” dealing with neglected and abandoned properties. Her work begins with handcrafted dioramas that are photographed.

Garry McMichael (Visual artist/digital) – Upgrade of computer equipment for printing.

Jeane Vogel (Visual artist) – Invited to be part of an exhibition and delegation of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts in Shenyang, China. The trip includes the exhibition” Half the Sky – Intersections in Social Practice,” community engagement, and collaborative projects with Chinese artists.

Jennifer Everett (Visual artist/photographer) – New series called “Inimitable Blackness.” Needs upgraded laptop and special portrait lens to complete.

Joe Taylor (Music/film/performance artist) – Production of a “rock opera” with music, performance, and video.

Joshua Rowan (Visual artist/videographer) – Equipment and video education for documentation of the “Watershed Cairns” project.

Margie P. Hollins (Playwright) – Computer equipment and software for the completion of a play-in-progress about African-American breast cancer survivors titled “Dance for Cassandra.”

Michael Jantzen (Architect) – Equipment and materials to create large scale sculpture for installation in exhibition Summer 2014.

Michael Powell (Media artist) – Production of two channel video piece with music.

Mike Bezemek (Writer) – Funds to set up a professional web site and attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference.

Patrick Grosch (Musician) – Limited edition cassette tape recording and visual art project called “Mounds Music.”

Sarah Jones (Writer) – Attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference.

Shari LeKane-Yentumi (Writer/educator) – Supplies and fees to continue working with incarcerated men as part of her practice as a writer.

Sylvester Jacobs (Photographer) – Photography and video project documenting African-Americans living in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood.

William Burton (Visual artist) – Completion of the “Up from the Delta” project including completing additional pieces for the body of work, a catalog of the series, two exhibitions (St. Louis and Indianola, Mississippi), and attendance at the Sharecroppers Symposium in Mississippi.

If you have any questions about the Artists Fellowships, please contact Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts, at roseann@stlrac.org or 314-863-5811.

About the Regional Arts Commission 

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. As the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,000 grants totaling over $80 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region.

 

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