Over the course of a five-week series, LN will profile 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 first and second profiles.
Diádié Bathily’s 30-plus-year career spans performance, dance, choreography, costume design, master classes and workshops throughout Africa, Europe and North America. Originally from Ivory Coast, Bathily came to St. Louis in 1998 by contract from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) to teach African dance. After an extremely successful six months as a visiting scholar/artist-in-residence at UMSL’s Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity, Bathily’s visa was extended, thanks to the combined efforts of COCA (Center of Creative Arts), Washington University in St. Louis, Webster University and Springboard To Learning.
After graduating with her master’s degree in art and design from the University of Michigan in 2012, RAC fellowship recipient Meghan Grubb wasted no time driving forward her full-time career as a visual artist. This fellowship is the latest in an impressive roll call of grants and awards she has received to support her work in the past four years. Grubb’s works of sculpture, installation, photography and video have been exhibited internationally in Norway, Finland, Spain and Thailand, as well as in the U.S. at the Sculpture Center (Cleveland), Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles), Heaven Gallery (Chicago) and Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, Michigan). Her husband’s job moved the couple to St. Louis in the summer of 2012, just before she was whisked away for a nine-month post-doc research fellowship at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway. Grubb returned to reside permanently in St. Louis in the spring of 2013.
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