Mass Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2014 Artist Fellowship awards in Drawing, Poetry, and Traditional Arts. Fifteen artists will receive fellowships of $10,000, and 15 artists will receive $500 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 706 applications were received; 409 in Drawing, 280 in Poetry, and 17 in Traditional Arts.
The Drawing panelists were John Adimando, Nancy Burns, Andrea Sherrill Evans, and Ellen Wiener. The Poetry panelists were Maggie Dietz, Jan Freeman, Gregory Pardlo, and Ron Slate; the Poetry readers were Rebecca Morgan Frank, Margaree Little, Solmaz Sharif, and Rodney Wittwer. The Traditional Arts panelists were Matthew Allen, Winnie Lambrecht, and Mildred L. Rahn.
This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the Mass Cultural Council in 2014. (In May 2014, Mass Cultural Council will announce awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting.)
* Awards are anonymously judged except in the case of Traditional Arts, which is not anonymous and has additional review criteria.
Images: Jieun Shin, Expedit/yemul-po with embroidered design of flowering tree (2011), watercolors on paper, 70×50 in; Michele Samour, Reflecting Pool: Beautiful Viruses (overhead view) (2011), pigmented Abaca paper pulp, 2-layered light box, 8x42x120 in; Ria Brodell, Katherina Hetzeldorger (2012), gouache on paper, 11×7 in.