Congratulations to the 2017 awardees of the Brother Thomas Fellowships. The Brother Thomas Fund, administered by the Boston Foundation, awards unrestricted $15,000 fellowships to artists in the Boston area.
2017 Brother Thomas Fellows
Jean Appolon, Choreographer and Dance Educator
Sandeep Das, Musician
Maya Erdelyi, Animator and Director
Maria Finkelmeier, Percussionist and Composer
Patrick Gabridge, Playwright and Author
Regie Gibson, Performer and Poet
Stephen Hamilton, Visual Artist and Arts Educator
Kathryn King, Ceramic Artist and Teacher
Shaw Pong Liu, Violinist and Composer
Marsha Parrilla, Choreographer
Hakim Raquib, Photographer
Evelyn Rydz, Visual Artist
Enzo Silon Surin, Poet
Yu-Wen Wu, Interdisciplinary Artist
The awards are part of the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk whose porcelain ceramics are world-renowned for their mastery and grace. The Boston Foundation worked with Bernie and Sue Pucker from the Pucker Gallery (longtime friends of Brother Thomas) to establish the Brother Thomas Fund, creating a means to support working contemporary artists through the sale of Brother Thomas’s work.
Past Brother Thomas Fellows have included many artists who also received awards from Mass Cultural Council, including Kati Agocs, Raul Gonzalez III, Masako Kamiya, Danielle Legros Georges, and Tracy Heather Strain.
Images: Evelyn Rydz, RED GLOVE (2010), Pencil and Color Pencil on Duralar, 11×14 in; Yu-Wen Wu, SECOND MOON (2003), pencil, ink, paper, acrylic on canvas, 42×48 in; still image from Maya Erdelyi’s film-in-progress, ANYUKA.