CCT: Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Announces FY2011 Artist Fellowship Recipients - 27 Artists Receive FY11 CCT Artist Fellowship Awards
2011 Press Release

Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Announces FY2011 Artist Fellowship Recipients - 27 Artists Receive FY11 CCT Artist Fellowship Awards

May 19, 2011

 

(Hartford, CT) - The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) has awarded FY11 fellowships to 27 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:  choreography, fiction, film & video, music composition, playwriting and poetry.  The single review criterion was artistic merit.

The 2011 Artist Fellowship recipients are as follows:

Town

Grantee

Program

Grant

Burlington

Rau, Dana Meachen

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

Cheshire

Johnson, Brian

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

Colchester

Palmer, Kristen

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

Colchester

Szymkowicz, Adam

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

East Hartford

Gatonska, Michael

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

East Haven

Astor Del Valle, Janis

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

Fairfield

Petchers, Lori

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

Hamden

Czepiel, Kathy

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

Hamden

Molomot, Lisa

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

Hamden

Santisteban, Denise

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

Hamden

Walker-Canton, Roxana

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

Hartford

Carrier, C.S.

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

Hartford

Greer, David H.

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

Milford

Barron, Sandra Rodriguez

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

New Haven

Kirsten, Amy

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

New Haven

Lynch, Kellie

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

North Haven

Shipley, Vivian C

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

Norwalk

Neider, Jesse

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

South Windsor

Chang, Lorelei

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

Stafford Springs

Ingraham, Roger

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

Storrs

Sidney, Joan Seliger

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

Stratford

Campbell, Dawn

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

West Hartford

Grossberg, Benjamin

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

West Hartford

Macbride, David

Artist Fellowship

2,500.00

West Hartford

Sassi, Maria

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

West Hartford

Thomas, Rebecca

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00

Willimantic

Terry, Brent

Artist Fellowship

5,000.00



Panels of experts in their respective fields reviewed the works of 182 applicants during this highly competitive process. Panelists included:


 

CHOREOGRAPHY

 

Nell Breyer has received awards for her work from the New England Foundation for the Artís National Dance Project RDDI, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship and a Cambridge Arts Council Grant.  Daniel McCusker is a lecturer in the Department of Drama & Dance at Tufts University, where he teaches modern dance, ballet, composition and special topics courses.  Marilyn M. Sylla teaches African, Brazilian and Haitian dance at Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts and Amherst College.  She has performed throughout the United States and recently returned from a performing and teaching tour in Caguas, Guayama and Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

FICTION

 

D.M. Gordon is a fiction writer and a poet and often conducts literary workshop courses.  She is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship program in fiction.  Michael Stewart is a visiting lecturer at Brown University.  He is a recent recipient of the Rhode Island Council for the Arts Fellowship in both fiction and poetry.  Jung H. Yun has received several awards for her fictions works including the Pushcart Prize Nomination, Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest Finalist, UMass Amherst Delaney Fellowship for Women Writers, among others. 

 

FILM / VIDEO

 

Anthony Cokes is a professor in media production at Brown University.  He has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  George T. Marshall is the founder and producing director of Flickers Arts Collaborative and the founder of G.T. Marshall Communications which specializes in creative advertising, video/film production and collateral projects.  Christina Ean Spangler is a freelance animator and illustrator living and working in Massachusetts.  He was a recent grant recipient from the LEF Foundation. 

 

MUSIC COMPOSITION

 

Michael Dequattro teaches at Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and Roger Williams University in percussion performance.  Kui Dong is an associate professor at Dartmouth College where she teaches music composition.  Her compositions span diverse genres and styles and include ballet, orchestral and chamber works, chorus, electro-acoustic music, film scores, and multi-media art.  Salvatore Macchia is a professor of composition and contrabass at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  He was a Samuel Conti Award fellowship winner and was a founding member of the Ancora Chamber Ensemble.

 

PLAYWRITING

 

Lyralen Kaye is an actor, playwright, novelist and poet and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the theater and film company, Another Country Productions which produces innovative and multicultural new works.  Peter Snoad has been honored with two national new play awards and a playwriting fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has received more than 60 productions and staged readings in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and Singapore.  James Taylor is the chair of the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department at Rhode Island College (RIC) and is a professor of theatre and managing director of theatre at RIC. 

 

POETRY

 

Tina Chang teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and Hunter College.  She is the author of several books of poetry and was recently appointed as the Brooklyn Poet Laureate.  Peter Covino teaches creative writing courses at the University of Rhode Island.  He was a recent recipient of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for poetry and is one of the founding editors of the literary press, Barrow Street Inc, and the Barrow Street Books.  John Hennessy teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  He is a contributing editor to Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics, and the poetry editor of The Common, a new magazine based at Amherst College's Frost Library.

 

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About Artist Fellowship Program
The Fellowship program awards grants on an alternating annual basis with visual artists (working in the disciplines of crafts, new media, painting, photography, works on paper, and sculpture/installation) applying in odd-numbered years.  More information about the upcoming Artist Fellowship program will be available in the summer of 2011 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:

Christopher Bergstrom
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

 

Tamara Dimitri
Program Manager
Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
(860) 256-2723