RAC Artist Fellowship Profiles: Christopher Limber & Travis Mossotti

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Bryan A. Hollerbach

Over the course of a five-week series, LN has been profiling the 10 artists recently announced as the Regional Arts Commission’s (RAC) 2015 Artist Fellowships, who each received $20,000 to further his or her work. These are the ninth and tenth profiles. To read the previous profiles, click here.

Christopher Limber

Christopher Limber ranks not as a paltry artistic triple threat, but as a quadruple threat, with experience as an actor, a composer, a director and a playwright.

“My degree is in acting,” Limber relates regarding his Bachelor of Fine Arts from State University of New York at Purchase, due north of Manhattan Island, “but I come from musical and literary roots as a child… Most everyone in the arts will have a main discipline and then augment [his or her] income. I am just lucky I can do that with an artistic variety of activities.”

Despite his three-plus decades of such artistic eclecticism, which has involved activities and accolades in St. Louis, elsewhere in the U.S. and around the globe, Limber will channel most of the funds from his RAC fellowship into altruism, in his capacity as director of Adult Prison Programs at Missouri’s Prison Performing Arts.

Travis Mossotti

“Poetry is a better vehicle for questions than for answers, and I suppose I’ve always thrived in uncertainty – most artists do,” Travis Mossotti says.

In the simplicity of that anything-but-uncertain declaration, Mossotti strongly suggests why the RAC awarded him a fellowship, despite the fact that his published and collected poetic output has appeared only since 2011.

Mossotti’s credentials note that his first collection of poems, About the Dead, winner of the May Swenson Poetry Award, with a foreword from Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion fame, was issued as the 15th volume of a Utah State University Press series just five years back.

Mossotti described About the Dead online as “a throwback to some of my favorite early collections written by authors like James Tate, Philip Levine, Frank Stanford, Donald Justice, Marvin Bell, James Wright and many others,” adding they were “poets [who] wrote with a sense of humility, fearlessness and discovery that set their work apart from their contemporaries’.”

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