Mass Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2018 Artist Fellowship awards in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts. Fifteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 16 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. See a list of this year’s fellows and finalists, to date.
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 593 applications were received; 348 in Drawing & Printmaking, 230 in Poetry, and 15 in Traditional Arts.
The Drawing & Printmaking panelists were Stephen Mishol, Patrick Murphy, Simonette Quamina, and Caitlin Julia Rubin. The Poetry panelists were Joshua Bennett, Rebecca Morgan Frank, and Danielle Legros Georges; the readers were Hadara Bar-Nadav, Scott Challener, Colleen Coyne, Oliver de la Paz, Ashley M. Jones, Angel Nafis, and Sarah Sousa. The Traditional Arts panelists were Matthew Allen, Banning Eyre, Lynn Martin Graton, and Lynne Williamson.
This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the Mass Cultural Council in 2018. In late May 2018, Mass Cultural Council will announce awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting.
Images: Sidi Joh Camara, newly named a Mass Cultural Council Traditional Arts Fellow, plays percussion at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, May 2017; Clara Lieu (Drawing & Printmaking Fellow ’18), SCARS THAT SPEAK NO 5 (2016), graphite on tissue paper, 24x18x3 in; Eben Haines (Drawing & Printmaking Fellow ’18), DIFFERENT ROBES SAME IDEA (2016), Graphite, acrylic, beeswax on paper-mounted panel, 17x11x.25 in.