Mass Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2016 Artist Fellowship awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting. Eighteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 17 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. 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 1109 applications were received: 54 in Choreography, 485 in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and 570 in Painting.
The Choreography panelists were Junichi Fukuda, James Morrow, Cheri Opperman, and Sydney Skybetter.
The Fiction/Creative Nonfiction panelists were Jane Brox, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Helen Elaine Lee, and Mehdi Tavana Okasi; the readers were Alicia Anstead, Sybil Baker, LaShonda Barnett, Sarah Blackman, Lydia Conklin, Steven Edwards, Joseph Fazio, Sheba Karim, Kate Leary, Tien-Yi Lee, William Peters, and Harry Stecopoulos.
The Painting panelists were Philip Brou, Gwen Strahle, Azadeh Tajpour, and Mary Tinti.
This is the second series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by Mass Cultural Council in 2016. In February 2016, Mass Cultural Council announced 32 awards in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts.
Images: Nicole Duennebier, TUNICATE AND GOLDEN SAC (2014), acrylic on panel, 48×34 in; still photo from 2125 STANLEY STREET by Dahlia Nayar; cover art for SHELTER (Picador 2016) by Jung Yun; Catherine Kehoe, STILL LIFE WITH WHITE PEONY (2015), oil on panel, 8×8 in; Raul Gonzalez III, EL MALVERDE (2012), fluid acrylic, pencil and pen, 12×9.5 in.