Arts Council of Henderson awards artist grants

Press Release

The Arts Council of Henderson County

The Arts Council of Henderson County, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, announces the Regional Artist Project Grantees for 2013-14. This grant is for artists who wish to further their professional careers through such things as purchase of equipment and materials, professional development workshops, etc.

The Arts Council of Henderson County administers the grants as a Designated County Partner with the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Funds from the North Carolina Arts Council are matched by the three participating counties.

A total of $4,000 in RAPG funds were awarded to the following five artists:

Keith L. Berner, a Henderson County metal artist, received funds for purchase of a professional rolling mill, which will allow him to pursue a textured woven metal design concept.

Jennifer “Finn” Ferrell and Mike Odle, working as collaborating artists from Polk County, are receiving funds to support the creation of their unique community-based theatre project based on “Firebird.”

Henderson County painter, Ben Freeman, will illustrate/paint a children’s book that he has also authored. The final book will be available for sale in both printed, and e-book formats.

Kate Stockman, Henderson County artist, is receiving a grant for the purchase of a jewelry kiln, which will expand her capability to produce personal components for her jewelry creations.

Finally, Carol Swetman, a watercolor artist from Polk County, will attend an intensive resident watercolor workshop by Keiko Tanabe, who will be teaching “Capturing Light and Atmosphere in Watercolor” at Kanuga Watermedia Workshops.

Fourteen applications were received from across the three counties, and five artists were awarded grants ranging from $600 to $992, by a panel of professional artists representing the disciplines applied for. “The range of projects was very diverse this year, with grant applications requesting support for performance, film and literary artists, as well as visual artists,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council of Henderson County, and administrator for the Regional Artist Project Grants.


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