Eleven Emerging and Mid-Career Artists Awarded ASC Fellowships

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Emerging Creators and Creative Renewal Fellowships highlight ASC’s investment in fiscal year 2020 of more than $500,000 in artists that contribute to Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community.
Four of the 11 recipients of 2020 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship and Emerging Creators Fellowship awards, (from left) Angela Haigler, Beverly Penninger, Jay Smith and MyLoan Dinh.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 4, 2020) – Eleven creative individuals whose work is strengthening Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community will receive a combined $90,000 from ASC in order to refresh their creative energy.

Four emerging artists are inaugural recipients of $5,000 ASC Emerging Creators Fellowships, which supports creatives with evolving practices that are at a pivotal moment in launching sustainable careers in the creative sector.

Seven mid-career creatives are recipients of $10,000 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowships, awarded to individuals who have been pursuing a career in the creative sector for at least 10 years and have been generating the majority of their income over the past three years through their work as a sole proprietor, creative entrepreneur or contract employee in the creative sector.

Both fellowship programs provide funds that recipients can use for research, instruction, conferences, apprenticeships, travel or other experiences that help them explore their creative journey.

The fellowship funding highlights ASC’s investment of more than $500,000 in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s creative individual community in its 2019-20 fiscal year. This investment includes:

  • $71,500 in support to 40 established and emerging artists in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region through Regional Artist Project Grants, which provide artists with funds for professional development or equipment
  • $4,000 in Technical Assistance to support five Charlotte-Mecklenburg artists pursuing projects that promote access and equity
  • $64,900 in Cultural Vision Grants to 15 artists for projects that directly respond to the community’s cultural interests
  • $273,200 in Culture Blocks funding to 31 creative individuals providing programming that makes arts and culture more accessible at the neighborhood level

“ASC is committed to providing opportunities for the individuals that drive the creative vibrancy and energy found in Charlotte-Mecklenburg,” said ASC President Jeep Bryant. “We know supporting artists and creatives at all stages of their careers is essential to the role arts and culture play in shaping the future of this great community.”

The inaugural ASC Emerging Creators Fellowship recipients are:

  • Meredith Connelly, a visual artist whose first public project, “Lights,” led viewers through a series of immersive light installations along a half-mile walking trail at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Connelly’s fellowship will help her support process exploration, new applied research and tools, and new concepts while expanding on current work for a sustainable full-time art career.
  • Irisol Gonzalez, a visual artist whose work focuses on the intricacies of being an immigrant raised in the Southern United States by Latino parents. Gonzalez will use her fellowship to support the exploration and execution of a developing “Machismo” visual art series which focuses on sexism in Latin American culture.
  • Angela Haigler, a writer and teaching artist. She will use her fellowship to support significant progress on an essay collection during a Solo Writers Retreat.
  • Jay Smith, a voice instructor who turns people who want to sing into people who sing. His fellowship plan is to explore book publishing and distribution in order to publish a book he has written about learning to sing, personal philosophies on vocal technique and working with vocal students.

The 2020 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship recipients are:

  • MyLoan Dinh, a multifaceted artist who experiments with the physical deconstruction of materials, images, objects and texts to reconstruct personal experiences and narratives within the greater cultural context. Her fellowship plan is to travel to Vietnam and learn “Son Mai,” a traditional Vietnamese painting technique from local masters of the craft.
  • Carmella Jarvi, an artist entrepreneur who transforms spaces and works with community around the theme of water. Jarvi will use her fellowship to explore new glass possibilities by visiting, taking classes and researching glass at the Corning Museum of Glass.
  • Marcus Kiser, a multimedia artist who, in 2014, co-created “Intergalactic Soul,” a national exhibit utilizing art and technology to discuss social justice and experiences of black embodiment. Kiser will use his fellowship to explore genres of multimedia animation and augmented reality to reimagine public art/place making in Charlotte communities of color.
  • Beverly Penninger, a documentarian, video producer and writer. Her fellowship will support continued work on a novel, mentorship through a master writing class and participation in an international writer’s conference.
  • Sarah Provencal, a movement-based theatre director who makes work that is relevant now. Provencal will use her fellowship to teach less, create more and receive training and certification as an intimacy choreographer.
  • Amy Rogers, a journalist whose literary explorations bring into focus an understanding not only of our differences, but an awareness of our commonalities. Her fellowship will support exploration of food justice as a method for building cross-cultural understanding.
  • Stacey Rose, a playwright passionate about generating new stories on the page for the stage. She will use her fellowship to develop a year-long new play initiative.

Click here to view ASC’s current fiscal year investments.

About ASC

ASC is the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.

ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Stay up to date on ASC news and happenings at ArtsAndScience.org and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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