RAC Announces 2014 Artists Fellowships

The Regional Arts Commission Announces



                     ST. LOUIS (November 13, 2014) –The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) has awarded ten fellowships totaling $200,000 to 10 local artists as part of its annual round of Artists Fellowships.  This initiative was created based on results of the RAC sponsored Artists Count survey conducted in 2012, the largest survey of its kind in the United States. The survey was funded by The Kresge Foundation. It indicated that the most pressing need of regional artists was financial support in order to pursue their art and their careers.

This year marks the second year RAC has offered the RAC Artists Fellowships. Each year, 10 St. Louis artists are awarded a $20,000 fellowship, which is a financial investment in the careers of the selected artists. The funds will allow for the advancement of the individual artist’s creative journey to include time and space to study, reflect, experiment, explore and create. These award amounts are not grants in the traditional sense but “fellowships” in terms of a financial endowment or investment in the careers of St. Louis artists. The RAC Artists Fellowships are among the few of known multi-disciplinary fellowship of its kind in the United States.

“It’s critical to support artists in St. Louis so they can continue to work, live and thrive in our region. We recognize that artists are an essential source of our region’s cultural vitality and the foundation for the success of our area’s arts organizations,” said Jill McGuire, executive director of RAC.

The commitment to directly support diverse artists is inherent in RAC’s vision to transformSt.Louis intoa morecreative and economically thrivingcommunitythrough elevatingthevitality,value andvisibilityofthe arts.

  The recipients, representing the disciplines of dance, visual arts, theater, music, literature, and media arts, were selected from among 180 applicants after being reviewed by RAC commissioners, a community advisory committee, 18 expert readers, and staff.  A complete list of the artists and their bios is at:


 The 10 RAC Artists Fellows are:

Saher Alam – Literature

Jessica Baran – Literature

Zlatko Ćosić – Media Arts

Fannie Belle Lebby – Theater

Fred Onovwerosuoke – Music

Sarah Paulsen – Visual Art

Mary Sprague – Visual Art

Carlie Trosclair – Visual Art

Keith Tyrone Williams – Dance and Theater

Cayce Zavaglia – Visual Art

  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 www.racstl.org

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 6,300 grants totaling over $84 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. www.racstl.org. Follow us on FACEBOOK at Regional Arts Commission or TWITTER at RACStLouis.





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