Mass Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2017 Artist Fellowship awards in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography. The awards include 18 fellowships of $12,000, and 17 finalist awards of $1,000. See a full list of this year’s fellows and finalists.
The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 584 applications were received: 137 in Film & Video, 96 in Music Composition, and 351 in Photography.
The Film & Video panelists were Luis Arnias, Alice Bouvrie, Anna Feder, and Doug Jones. Brendan and Jeremy Smyth and Nori Takei served as first-round readers. The Music Composition panelists were Michele Caniato, Laura Cetilia, Lynn Chang, and Kate Soper. The Photography panelists were Makeda Best, Caleb Cole, Irina Rozovsky, and Susan Stoops. Paula Tognarelli served as a first-round reader.
This is the second series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by Mass Cultural Council in 2017. In January 2017, Mass Cultural Council announced awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.
Images: Eduardo Rivera, SHADES OF AZUL (2016), archival pigment print from a large format negative, 50x40x1 in; still image from PAREIDOLIA, a film by Maya Erdelyi; David Fiuczynski in performance, photo by Ouriel Morgensztern; Sandra Matthews, MARGARET AND JENNIFER IN 1973/JENNIFER AND MARGARET IN 2013 (2017), photographic collage/inkjet print; Jason Palmer in performance, photo by Arvo Wichmann; still image from STALIN, LENIN, AND OTHER TALES FROM SOUTH INDIA (working title), a film-in-progress by Kavita Pillay; Marky Kauffmann, COMET TAILS (2015), archival inkjet print, 18×7.5 in.