ASC Helps Regional Artists Do Their Best Work in 2017

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32 recipients receive grants from $400 to $2,000

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 27, 2016) – ASC, in conjunction with arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union and York (S.C.) counties, has named the 2017 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) recipients. This year, grants were awarded to 32 established and emerging artists of varied disciplines.

“The creativity and innovation that individual artists bring to our lives is essential to the economy and vibrancy of our region,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “Regional Artists Project Grants provide several of the artists that live and work in our communities with resources that not only benefit their careers, but allow them to continue to creatively impact our cities and towns.”

The RAPG provides funds for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development by attending a professional development experience or purchasing/renting a piece of equipment.

The RAPG is open to artists in all disciplines and provides a grant of up to $2,000. This year’s grantees were selected from nearly 100 applicants, who requested a total of $158,989 for $50,000 in available funds. Recipients represent eight counties and disciplines from film to performing arts and literature to visual art.

Recipients were selected in a competitive process by 15 regional panelists. The program is funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, Blumenthal Emerging Artists Endowment, partner arts council and donors to ASC’s Annual Fund Drive.

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.

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Bernie Petit