I was excited to learn that I received one of the Regional Arts Commission’s Artist Support Grants this summer. Â My proposal was a request for funds to purchase a large-capacity band saw for use in re-sawing some of the reclaimed and green wood that I have been using so much lately. Â Can’t wait to purchase the tool and seeing what takes shape in the studio.Â Many thanks to RAC for so generously and effectively supporting the arts in the Midwest. Â 25 out of 185 applicants received funding– here is a list of the winners and a brief description of their project proposals:
July 1, 2013: Spring/Summer 2013 RAC ARTISTS SUPPORT GRANTS
Regional Arts Commission (RAC) Artists Support Grants are designed to provide direct funds for artistsâ€™ projects, needs, and creative opportunities in all disciplines. Direct support enables diverse artists of all disciplines to advance their careers. It is designed to be flexible and accessible and to encourage creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustained commitment to artistic work. The awards to 25 artists for the Spring/Summer round ranged from $640 to $3000.
Alec Herschman (Literature) Published poet producing first book length poetry project and website. Funds for time and space to complete project.
Amy Loui (Theater) Attending classes at the International Theatre Lab in Austria with master theatre director Sergei Ostrenko in a specific technique to advance her work as an actor.
Bill Perry (Visual Art â€“ Ceramics) Purchasing kiln and set-up materials in his studio for bird sanctuary project as well as advancing his other ceramic work.
Carlie Trosclair (Visual Art â€“ Installation) First New York exhibition – Materials and expenses for a new site-specific installation in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) area gallery.
Cat Mahari Johnson (Dance) Choreography and multi-media production of â€œthe floorâ€ based on the African American tradition of stepping.
Daniel Fishback (Visual Art â€“ Painting) Painting workshops with master artist Todd Williams in Arkansas as well some supplies and materials.
Daniel John Kelly (Theater) Acquisition of green screen for video production projects with St. Louis students studying Shakespeare.
Denise Ward Brown (Visual Art â€“ Installation) Production, equipment, and documentation about Civil War era soldiers re-interned at Jefferson Barracks using â€œKen Burnsâ€ technique for film and art installations as well as for integration with a book about use of protective charms in African/African American cultures.
Grace Hong (Visual Art â€“ Interactive) Materials, space, and equipment for creating an interactive arts project based on a game titled â€œESC: Running into the Present.â€
Ilene Berman (Visual Art â€“ Installation) Design and fabrication of mobile art studio north of Grand Center called Room13 Delmar that is designed to engage communities.
JaNae Contag (Visual Art â€“ Film/Video) Documenting (and transforming through film) vacant spaces in suburban and exurban American â€“ particularly empty malls around the Midwest as â€œghostsâ€ of commerce.
Jessica Baran (Literature) Support for some of prize-winning writerâ€™s travel expenses for her book tour for her recently published book of poetry, â€œEquivalents.â€
John Sarra (Visual Art â€“ Wood) Sculptor acquiring special saw as a way to increase capacity for using reclaimed wood in his work.
Joseph LaMarque (Visual Art â€“ Multi) Artist will acquire metal sculpting equipment as well as instruction in its use adding to his skill set as a sculptor.
Kirk Hanser (Music â€“ classical) Accomplished musician â€“ part of classical guitar duo (Hanser- McClellan Guitar Duo) – will use funds for October 2013 European tour. He will play in concert as well as instruct in Austria, Germany and France.
Liam Cassidy (Multi-media â€“ sound) Sound equipment for â€œCheap Funâ€ â€“ an innovative, artist- driven podcast featuring short stories.
Lois Ingrum (Visual Art â€“ Photography) Equipment and production of continuing documentation of grassroots memorials as well as helping to expand exhibition capabilities.
Marilyn Robinson (Visual Art â€“ Photography) Production of a DVD of documentation of Super Sunday celebrations in NOLA. These celebrate the uniquely New Orleans tradition of â€œBlack Indiansâ€ â€“ African American social/neighborhood clubs that create elaborate costumes for parading.
Mario Farwell (Music + Theater) Composing and production of new work â€“ an original musical called â€œStarfest.â€
Noah Kirby (Visual Art â€“ Sculpture) Time, space & materials for new body of large scale collaborative sculptures for exhibition at National Ornamental Metals Museum (Memphis) in February 2014.
Rebecca Ormand (Visual Art â€“ Film) Production of multi-media film using 3D and 2D techniques. Footage of St. Louis historic sites and building are the theme.
Robert Longyear (Visual Art â€“ Metal/Multi) Materials and expenses for creating new body of work for exhibition at Indiana State Galleries.
Rosalind Early (Literature) Researching and creating writing pieces documenting the history of an Afro-Caribbean traditional festival called Odunde that has taken place in Philadelphia.
Sarah Paulsen (Visual Art â€“ Animation) Stop-motion animation film production â€“ examining all sides of the events leading up to and in the aftermath of Kirkwood City Council shooting. Working in collaboration with a group of â€œunintentional women activistsâ€ brought together after the death of Councilwoman Connie Karr.
Stephen Peirick (Theater) First production of new full length play â€œFour Sugars.â€â€¨The next round for RAC Artists Support Grants opens September 9 with an October 15 deadline.
All submissions are through www.artistscount.com . For more information, 314/863-5811.