Why This Matters: ASC Regional Artist Project Grants provide creative artists with the resources they need to advance their careers in 2020.
By Bernie Petit
If inspiration strikes ceramicist and visual artist Danielle Carelock in the middle of the night, she can now experiment with those ideas right away thanks to an ASC Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG).
Carelock received a $1,199 RAPG award in 2019 to purchase a potter’s wheel and establish a private home pottery studio.
“It gives me an immediacy of doing the work without having to jot it down and get around to it months later,” she said. “I can experiment with textures and surfaces made on the wheel. I’m making work that I wouldn’t be able to otherwise.”
The Charlotte native said her artistic career has grown steadily over the past three years.
In addition to completing residencies at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY and STARworks in Star, NC, Carelock is studio assistant to UNC Charlotte Art and Art History Department Chair Lydia Thompson and a teaching artist at Clayworks and for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s Jail Arts Initiative.
The therapeutic nature of ceramics drew her to the artform while at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she graduated with a degree in sculpture and ceramics in 2017. She lost several family members during her college career, including her mom in 2015.
“Ceramics gave me the opportunity to not only think about all of the things going on in my life and what I’m stressed about, but to think about what’s right in front of me,” she said.
Today, her individual practice ranges from smaller, functional pieces like bowls (“I like to eat out of my pots and I like people to eat out of my pots”) to a recent interest in large sculptural works that incorporate her personal history.
“Over time I was able to hone in what I was interested in,” she said. “Getting a grant really kind of drove that forward.”
Programs like the RAPG, which provides Charlotte-Mecklenburg area artists with up to $2,000 for professional development or to purchase/rent equipment, are vital because they give emerging creatives access to their chosen fields that they might not otherwise have, Carelock said.
“As a young person trying to gain footing in their field, that equipment is expensive, rent is expensive, bills are expensive,” she said. “This allows them the opportunity to create momentum in that field and not stress about how they’re going to get this really important piece of equipment.”
In 2020, 40 established and emerging artists will receive grants ranging from $530 to $2,000. Recipients, who will receive a combined $67,500 in funding, represent eight counties and disciplines from film and theatre to visual arts and dance.
2020 RAPG recipients
To purchase an art desk.
To purchase a medium-sized electric kiln.
To support participation in a Body-Mind Centering course on the Muscular System at Espirit en Mouvement in Montreal, Canada in spring 2020.
To support participation in a week-long master class in sculptural carving or advanced turning at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, TN.
To support travel and workshop fees to attend a puppetry workshop in summer 2020.
To attend a master class in conducting.
To provide tuition, fees and housing support to attend American Dance Festival’s Dance Professional Workshop for Makers.
To produce an artist’s catalog, including professional photography of artwork and printing.
To complete a one-week residency at The Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat in Reisterstown, MD.
To attend the National Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) Conference in Orlando, Fla.
To buy acrylic paints to create new work for the international group exhibition in Neon Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland scheduled for July 2020.
To support initial steps in creating an archive of the illustrator’s body of work.
To support an artist residency at the Fish Factory in Iceland in June 2020.
To purchase a SlingStudio Mobile Production Kit streaming video encoder for live video/audio streaming.
To purchase an EMax EVOlution Dual-Port Micro-Motor system and attachable accessories.
To attend a Fused Glass Enterprise class at Bullseye Glass in Portland, OR.
To purchase a wide format printer for studio.
To purchase a slab roller for personal studio.
To purchase a Jeweler’s Hydraulic Press.
To support the recording and editing of a CD featuring the electroacoustic music of diverse composers, performed by the Spatial Forces Duo.
To rent a phantom camera in order to complete the next installment /profile of the film series, “My Friends Do Cool Sh!t.”
To support participation in an artist residency in Shigaraki, Japan.
To support a certification class in Photography plus required supplies and materials.
Meg Greene Malvasi–$2,000
To support participation in the mentorship program with the Santa Fe Workshops.
To support participation in the Trombone Ensemble Repertoire Commission.
To conduct a workshop of a spoken-word performance piece.
To support material costs for 6-8 large canvases, acrylic paint, mediums and varnishes to create a collection of acrylic, mixed media paintings.
To purchase an Apple MacBook Pro computer.
Anne Marie Propst–$1,500
To participate in a workshop at Warehouse 521 in Nashville, Tenn.
To purchase a Hollander-style beater to process fiber into paper pulp to make paper.
Juan Diego Reyes–$2,000
To support tuition and travel expenses for Advanced Mentored Studies Program for visual storytelling & documentary photography at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Virginia Claire Ritter–$2,000
To purchase technical equipment to write a Jazz method book, entitled “The Splendor of Jazz” (computer, music software, keyboard).
To support participation in continuing education courses: Intro & Advanced classes for Color Correction and Grading for Film.
Paula M. B. Sanders–$1,479
To purchase aprinter to complete plays; book writing aspirations; and continued program development/marketing/advertisement/implementation/evaluation and reporting.
To purchase an exterior video monitor (Lilliput A7S) and an audio field recorder (Sound Devices Field Recorder and AC power).
To support participation in the 2020 Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Bangkok, Thailand.
To purchase a large electric skutt kiln.
To support and capture video and audio of local people and places in Union County for a documentary.
To purchase a large format inkjet printer to facilitate integrating print and mixed-media.
To purchase a Laurastar S7 vacuum and blowing with boiler iron.