CCT: CCT Announces FY2010 Artist Fellowship Recipients

Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Announces
FY2010 Artist Fellowship Recipients
37 Artists Receive FY10 CCT Artist Fellowship Awards

 

Hartford, CT (May 17, 2010) -- The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) has awarded FY10 fellowships to 37 artists to support their continuing artistic development and creation of new work.

Grants in the amounts of $5,000 and $2,500 were awarded in the categories of craft, new media, painting, photography, sculpture/installation and works on paper. The single review criterion was artistic merit.

The 2010 Artist Fellowship recipients are as follows:

Discipline 
Name 
City 
Amount 
 Craft  Dean, Chotsani  Hartford
$5,000 
 Craft  Throop, Thomas  Norwalk 
$5,000 
 Craft  McKee, Roger  Lakeville 
$2,500 
 Craft  Pan, Jeffrey  Stonington
$2,500
 New Media  Efemoff, Ted  West Hartford 
$5,000
 New Media  Lee, Eva  Ridgefield 
$2,500 
 New Media  Pentland, Joseph  Bridgeport 
$5,000 
 New Media  Wollensak, Andrea  Mystic
$2,500 
 Painting  Lage, Janet  Old Lyme 
$2,500 
 Painting  Bracken, Donald  West Cornwall 
$2,500 
 Painting  Bruckmann, Frank  New Haven 
$2,500 
 Painting  Guarino, Brad  New London 
$5,000 
 Painting  Huckins, Shawn  Middletown 
$2,500 
 Painting  Kuester-Witt, Kristina  Woodbridge
$5,000 
 Painting  Lewis, Nathan  Seymour 
$2,500 
 Painting  Shirley, Blake  Manchester 
$5,000 
 Painting  Sobel, Kim  Glastonbury 
$2,500 
 Photography  Buttrey, Daniel  Coventry 
$2,500 
 Photography  Johnson, Keith  Hamden 
$2,500 
 Photography  French, Marguerite  Enfield
$2,500 
 Photography  Goodrich, Nancy  Portland
$5,000 
 Photography  Kernan, Sean  Branford
$2,500 
 Photography  Savoia, Mark  New Fairfield
$2,500 
 Photography  York, Torrance  New Canaan
$5,000
 Sculpture/Installation  Weber, Matthew  Unionville 
$2,500 
 Sculpture/Installation  ALFEN, Matthias  Norwalk
$2,500 
 Sculpture/Installation  Classen-Sullivan, Susan  Canterbury
$2,500 
 Sculpture/Installation  Cubberly, Anne  Hartford 
$2,500 
 Sculpture/Installation  McCrady, Lady  New Haven 
$2,500 
 Sculpture/Installation  Saliter, Karl  Cornwall Bridge 
$2,500 
 Sculpture/Installation  Vaters-Carr, Rachael  New Haven
$2,500 
 Sculpture/Installation  Walsh, Elizabeth  Trumbull
$2,500 
 Works on Paper  Carrigan, Patricia  East Granby
$2,500 
 Works on Paper  Hwang, Insook  New Haven
$5,000 
 Works on Paper  Lewis, Martha  New Haven 
$5,000 
 Works on Paper  Rysz, Ronnie  New Haven
$5,000 
 Works on Paper  Smith, Cary  Farmington
$5,000 

Panels of experts in their respective fields reviewed the works of 401 applicants during this highly competitive process. Panelists included:

CRAFT
Gretchen Keyworth is the Director Emeritus and Chief Curator at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA and has served as director or advisor for several prominent craft shows.  Hannah Niswonger is a Massachusetts artist who creates functional and sculptural ceramic pieces.  She received her MFA in ceramic sculpture from Alfred University in Alfred, New York and has taught ceramics at Harvard University and MassArt in Boston.

NEW MEDIA
George Fifield is a media arts curator, writer, teacher and artist. He is the founder and director of Boston Cyberarts Inc. and currently teaches in the Digital Media program at Rhode Island School of Design.  Paul Myoda is Professor of Visual Arts at Brown University in Rhode Island and received his MFA from Yale University.  He co-created the Tribute in Light, in memory of the tragic events of 9/11, which has since become an annual installation.  Ari Tabei is a video and performance artist who received her MFA from the University of Connecticut and is currently an artist-in-residence at Smack Mellon Studio.

PAINTING
Bob Dilworth is a professor at the University of Rhode Island where he teaches painting, drawing and African-American art history and paints primarily large-scale portraits and figurative works. Yana Payusova was classically trained as a painter at the St. Petersburg Fine Art Lyceť.  She later immigrated to the US and currently lives in Boston and exhibits her work both nationally and internationally.  Amy Ingrid Schlegel is the director of the galleries and collections at Tufts University.  She earned her PhD in Art History from Columbia University and, prior to Tufts, she was the curator at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Viera Levitt is the director of the Knight Campus Gallery in Rhode Island and has curated or co-curated more than thirty exhibitions in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, and the USA.  Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is Professor of Art in Photography at the University of Rhode Island.  Her work is included in the book Blink which celebrates the quality and vision of todayís 100 most exciting international contemporary photographers.  Charles A. Meyer is a photographer and Adjunct Associate Professor of Photography at Boston College and has worked with films such as the PBS television specials Civil War and Baseball by Ken Burns.

SCULPTURE / INSTALLATION
Ming Fay is a sculptor from New York with several site-specific public art installations around the country and has exhibited his installations nationally as well as internationally.  Xander Marro is Managing Director at AS220, a non-profit community arts space in Providence, RI and is an artist working in performance, filmmaking, installation, silkscreen and quiltmaking among others.  Jane Southís work has been exhibited throughout the US and abroad and was a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2008.  Her work has recently been featured in such publications as ARTnews, The New York Times and Artforum.

WORKS ON PAPER
Barbara Madsen is Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Rutgers University in New Jersey and received a grant from the Puffin Foundation in 2005.  Her work includes photogravure, public billboard projects, and installations that involve floor vinyl and wallpaper.  William Villalongo is an artist from New York who has exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem and PS1 Contemporary Art Center among other locations.  His work is in several collections and has received numerous awards and recognition.  Neal Walsh is the gallery director and curator at AS220, a non-profit community arts space in Providence, RI.  He is also and artist and is currently creating a print archive program at AS220.

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About Artist Fellowship Program
The Fellowship program awards grants on an alternating annual basis. The categories listed above were recognized this year with the categories of choreography, fiction, film/video, music composition, playwriting and poetry in the alternating year.  More information about the fiscal year 2011 Artist Fellowship program will be available in the summer of 2010 at www.cultureandtourism.org.  Check our website for updates.

About the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism brings together tourism, history and the arts. Its mission is to preserve and promote Connecticutís cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the state. The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism is located at One Constitution Plaza, Second Floor, Hartford, Connecticut.  For more information, log on to www.cultureandtourism.org.

Contacts:

Karen Senich
Executive Director
Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
(860) 256-2727 (Leigh Johnson)

An-Ming Truxes
Arts Division Director
Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
(860) 256-2722