The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2015 MCC Artist Fellowship awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Fifteen artists will receive fellowships of $10,000, and 17 artists will receive $1000 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 549 applications were received; 128 in Crafts, 127 in Dramatic Writing, and 294 in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.
The Crafts panelists were Sadie Bliss, Fabio Fernández, Kathryn King, and Pam Weeks. The Dramatic Writing panelists were Hilary Bettis, Kim Euell, Daniel Gidron, and J.J. Peeler. The Sculpture/Installation/New Genres panelists were Georgie Friedman, Beth Galston, and Denise Markonish; Alise Upitis was a first round reader.
This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the MCC in 2015. In late May 2015, MCC will announce awards in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography.
Images: Lisa Nilsson, ANGELICO (2012), colored mulberry paper strips and gilt-edged paper strips, 22x19x6 in; Dana Filibert, PAINTED PONY (2012), steel, found objects, carved foam, epoxy, paint, 20x22x42 in; Kelly Goff, DUMPSTER (2012), dumpster, epoxy resin, pigments, mica powder, 42x76x48 in; Stacy Fischer and John Kuntz in a scene from NECESSARY MONSTERS at SpeakEasy Stage (2014), photo by Craig Baily/Perspective Photo.