Why This Matters: ASC Regional Artist Project Grants artists with the resources they need to advance their careers.
By Bernie Petit
“Discovering something great choreographers created is unlocking a piece of romanticized history,” Kim Jones told The New York Times.
The Times profiled Jones, an associate professor of dance at UNC Charlotte, in August. The feature detailed how Jones spent 18 months reconstructing American choreographer Paul Taylor’s 1962 “Tracer.” She restaged the piece with Taylor’s dance company as part of a three-week residency at the university in September.
What the article doesn’t say is that Jones’ work was supported by a 2016 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) from ASC that allowed her to purchase an Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display to document her reconstruction of “Tracer,” a lost dance of which no video recording exists.
But that’s part of what RAPG awards are about. The project grants provide artists with the tools and resources they need so they can focus on advancing their work and careers.
Every year, ASC, in conjunction with arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union and York (S.C.) counties, awards project grants to artists of varied disciplines throughout the greater Charlotte region.
The awards – supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, Blumenthal Emerging Artists Endowment and donors to ASC’s Annual Fund Drive – allow artists to attend professional development experiences or purchase or rent a piece of equipment.
In 2017, 32 established and emerging artists will receive project grants ranging from $400 to $2,000. The grantees were selected from nearly 100 applicants, who requested a total of $158,989 for $50,000 in available funding. Recipients represent eight counties and disciplines from film to performing arts and literature to visual art.
Meet the 2017 Regional artist project grant recipients
Nancy Albert – $1,500
To purchase an HP Spectre x360 laptop with Lightroom photographic editing software for high quality digital prints for exhibition and publication.
Orr Ambrose – $400
To support purchase of Levant garage floor mats for the purpose of improving studio work space.
Emily Andress – $2,000
To support participation in a one month artist residency in Paris, France, culminating in a pop-up gallery show.
Luis Ardila – $897
To purchase framing tools.
Cindy Ballaro – $2,000
To support In-A-Chord’s attendance at the 12th annual Posi (Positive) Music Festival. In-A-Chord is the singer/songwriting duo Cindy Ballaro and Paul Huff.
Lee Baumgarten – $1,926
To purchase a MIG welder for work in sculpture.
Kojo Bey – $2,000
To attend a two-day healing dance movements workshop.
David Caldwell – $1,792
To purchase basswood to produce relief and sculptural carvings for commissions and spec work.
Nicci Canada – $700
To purchase a computer for marketing and music recordings.
Tenya Colemon – $2,000
To support a jazz recording project with a traditional jazz quartet.
Barbara Ellis – $1,055
To support participation in the Contemporary Portraits in Acrylic workshop at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
Edwin Gil – $2,000
To attend hot glass workshops at the Penland School of Crafts in the spring and fall of 2017.
Maja Godlewska – $1,968
To purchase oil paints to create a body of paintings during the art residency at The Studios of Key West in Florida.
Matt Horick – $1,900
To purchase steel to build a gantry and two fabrication tables in home studio.
Paul Keysar – $2,000
To purchase a Macbook Pro for research, photo editing and artist promotions.
Vadim Kolpakov – $2,000
To support a recording session for “The VS Guitar Duo – Famous Tunes, Gypsy style.”
Chad Lawson – $2,000
To purchase recording microphones.
Jessica Lindsey – $2,000
To complete a CD project of music for clarinet and piano by women composers.
Paula Martinac – $1,236
To attend a fiction writing master class at the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop.
Nicholas Napoletano – $2,000
To purchase a Cintiq 27QHD creative pen and touch display set.
Kelly Ozust – $1,500
To hire a professional choreographer to set a dance for three collaborating dancers: Emily Morgan, Kelly Ozust, and Meg Schriffen.
Ron Philbeck – $1,080
To purchase a professional grade electric pottery wheel.
Erin Pushman – $1,056
To attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference.
Jackie Radford – $1,665
To purchase a MBM Triumph 1080 Paper Cutter.
Claire Ritter – $2,000
To record a live two-piano performance with MacArthur Genius Grant pianist Ran Blake at Queens University.
Melissa Salpietra – $1,825
To purchase a hard drive for 4K video editing.
Matthew Shearer – $1,650
To purchase a new laptop computer for video editing, graphic design and sound editing.
Sydney Sogol – $650
To purchase an automated yarn baller for work in fiber arts.
Jason Stein – $1,078
To purchase an oxygen-acetylene torch setup for casting and welding sculptural forms and units.
Caroline Stephenson – $676
To attend the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University.
Caroline Waterman – $900
To purchase a UV exposure box to be used to print platinum palladium and other historic processes.
Pamela Winegard – $1,988
To purchase darkroom equipment for printmaking.