Massachusetts has been funding artists for 40 years, and to help illuminate why, we’re asking past Artist Fellowships awardees to tell us what happened after they were honored with a state award.
After his award, Barry Goldstein (Photography Fellow '07) traveled to Iraq as an embedded photographer with an infantry battalion. He used a portion of his grant to purchase body armor.
"(The fellowship) confirmed that I was part of a larger community of painters." - Jo Ann Rothschild (Painting Fellow '98). Image: IN MEMORY OF EDWIN A. ROTHSCHILD (1995) mixed media on canvas, 92x134 in
"Receiving a Mass Artist Fellowship - twice - was a major reason I made my home in Massachusetts. I wanted to be in a state that supports artists not only through project grants (which I also received and appreciated), but as fellows, respected artist-members of the community." - Deborah Henson-Conant (Music Composition Fellow '84, '87). Photo by Jake Jacobson
Sarah Wentworth (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Finalist '11) used her funds to offset expenses for an exhibition connected to the award. Image: COMPLETE HISTORY OF ART (ABRIDGED) (2007), mixed media, 8ftx16ftx6in
Kate Leary (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow '14) used her grant to pay for childcare so she could redouble efforts on her novel - which then garnered a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant.
"I used the majority of the money to help build my studio!" - Marc Mannheimer (Painting Fellow '77, Finalist in multiple categories). Image: HIPPO BITES PHONE (1977), acrylic on three shaped (open framed) canvases,5x7 ft
Carrie Gustafson (Crafts Fellow '11) used her grant to purchase new materials and tools, and the funds also helped cover the costs of an artist’s residency. Carrie would go on to be featured in the Smithsonian Craft Show and on the program "This Old House." Images: (left) NEST (2008), glass, 5x8.5 in; (right) Carrie on "This Old House"
Eric Hofbauer (Music Composition Fellow '09) called his fellowship his "jazz bailout." Financial pressures during the recession threatened his various music projects, but the grant helped keep them alive. Image: (left) Eric Hofbauer, photo by Angela Rowlings, (right) cover art for the CD AMERICAN FEAR! (Creative Nation 2010)
Roy DiTosti (Photography Fellow '95) purchased a new camera with his award, and said that more presenters were willing to review his project, PERSONAL EFFECTS. Image: CESNA 140