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 next.
View a gallery of past Artist Fellowships awardees. Image: BATHERS by John Stuart Walsh (Drawing & Printmaking Fellow '86)
"After applying and coming close for many years, I felt a level of endorsement that has served me in future dance-making." - Dawn Lane (Choreography Fellow '10). The award went toward a Creative Development Residency at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. The picutre is from the resulting production, ONE POTATO TWO POTATO.
"After I was a finalist in photography in 1986, I was chosen as one of the 'Top Ten New Photographers' by Maine Photographic Workshop." - Marky Kauffmann (Photography Finalist 86, 88) Image: WHITE SHEETS, from the FEMINIST SELF-PORTRAITS series
"Boosted my confidence in my work. Convinced me to continue sending out my novel - which got published." (Sally Bellerose (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist '04)
"Encouraged me to keep writing which I still am." - David J. Mauriello (Dramatic Writing Fellow '85). The fellowship led to a stageplay version of his screenplay FIREFLIES, produced at Players' Ring in Portsmouth.
"When I first learned I had received the award, I was on location at the Dead Sea in Israel photographing the bathers, who travel to the region for health treatments. These photographswere part of a solo exhibition at the B'nai Brith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C." - Leslie Starobin (Photography Fellow '95). Image: SULPHUR BATHER from THE DEAD SEA: MIRROR OF TIME series (1992-2002)
"It invited people to look more closely at my work." - Deborah Kamy (Hull) (Painting Fellow '80). Image: TONGUE AND GROOVE (1980), oil paint, enamel on masonite
"Simply to make art and to buy my first computer." – Howard Johnson (Drawing & Printmaking Fellow '98, '02), on how he used the grant. Image: DIRTY LIGHT/SAD RE-MEMBRANENCE (2000) mixed media on mylar
Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship (Drawing Fellow, Painting Finalist '83) had recently moved to Waban from New York, and "The awards gave a vote of confidence and a boost to my career... starting over in a new environment." After that, she received prestiguious Fellowships from Radcliffe Institute and Guggenheim Foundation.
"It helped tremendously with the budget of each film and provided additional support in my academic career." - Abraham Ravett (Film & Video Fellow '82, '01, '09). Image: still from TZIPORAH (2007)