Mass Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2016 Artist Fellowship awards in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts. Sixteen 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.
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 708 applications were received: 351 in Drawing & Printmaking, 342 in Poetry, and 15 in Traditional Arts.
The Drawing & Printmaking panelists were Sandra Allen, Matt Brown, Deborah Davidson, and Scott Schnepf. The Poetry panelists were David Daniel, Cate Marvin, Ifeanyi Menkiti, and Emily Pettit. The Poetry readers were Karen Craigo, Oliver de la Paz, Danielle Legros Georges, James Heflin, Ashley M. Jones, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Karen Skolfield, and Stephen Tapscott. The Traditional Arts panelists were Eric A. Galm, Kate Kruckenmeyer, and Lynn Martin-Graton.
This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by Mass Cultural Council in 2016. In late May/early June 2016, Mass Cultural Council will announce awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting.
Images: Kevin Frances, NEW APARTMENT, NEW CITY: SCENE 4 (2013), Japanese woodblock print; Ethan Murrow, DOODLEBUGGING (2015), sharpie on plywood set in concrete hole covered by glass; Dimitrios Klitsas carving at his bench (2014); Emily Lombardo, THE CAPRICHOS: PLATE 52 – WHAT A TAILOR CAN DO! (2014), etching; Kim Carlino, COSMOLOGICAL FORMATIONS, SERIES VII, XII, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on tyvek; cover art from SPLIT THE CROW by Sarah Sousa (Parlor Press 2015).