As the College of the Arts continues to build its repertoire of creative excellence, artistry and scholarship, it’s the “go-getter” efforts by our students, alumni and faculty that help propel our artistic reputation forward. These artists and scholars actively research and apply for fellowships and grants year-round to fuel their creative passions. This summer, more than a dozen of our artistic community received awards and accolades from local, national and international arts organizations.
The College of the Arts congratulates and applauds these individuals for their well-deserved achievements.
Cleveland Institute of Music’s Future of Music Faculty Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind career development initiative for Black and Latinx music professionals considering or currently pursuing an academic career. Powered by the Sphinx Venture Fund, the competitive Fellowship spotlights and prepares future faculty leaders to influence generations of musicians. A cohort of up to 35 Fellows will engage in a powerful series of virtual sessions led by some of the most influential artists, academics and thinkers of today.
DNA Summer Residency Program
Two-week Residency Invitation
Anthony Craig Drennen, Professor (Drawing and Painting)
Established in 2012 the DNA Summer Residency Program invites artists to participate in a one or two-week residency in Provincetown, Massachusetts. While on the Cape, artists create new work inspired by their environment or continued from their existing studio practice. They work both offsite and at DNA in a 2,000 square foot studio. At the end of the summer, a group exhibition is held at DNA that runs through to October.
The Elizabeth Greenfields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging representational artists as well as one of the most substantial. It is one of the longest-standing grants, with an illustrious history of recipients spanning more than half a century. It is also unique in its scope, in that it is available to students and artists around the world.
The winner of the Edge Award juried prize receives a $10,000 cash award, a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center and a solo exhibition at the Swan Coach House Gallery in April 2022. Finalists each receive a $2,000 cash award and Edge Award Exhibition participation. In 1999, as a response to dwindling public support for individual artists in the metro Atlanta area, the Forward Arts Foundation instituted the Emerging Artist Award (EAA). In 2019, the Emerging Artist Award was renamed the Edge Award in honor of Betty and Bob Edge, who helped found the award twenty years prior.
The new arts initiative is Midtown Alliance’s inaugural class for the Midtown Heart of the Arts Residency Program. The goal is to amplify the creative experience in Midtown and support the local arts economy. This phase will provide established visual artists with studio workspaces inside various commercial properties for one year, a $2,500 stipend and the opportunity to increase their audience. The open call for artist applications received nearly 100 submissions, and six artists were chosen to receive studio space.
The annual “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” program recognizes young sculptors and encourages their continued commitment to the field. It was also designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating universities, colleges and art schools. The award program’s growing publicity resulted in an exceptional number of participating institutions, including 100 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs for a nominated total of 234 students. The 11 award recipients will participate in a group exhibition and will be featured in Sculpture magazine.
The International Competition showcases imagination and creativity to the world at the Korean International Ceramic Biennale (KIBC) which aims to shed light on the spirit of ceramic art in traditional art and innovative artistic expression that transcends genres and breaks down preconceived notions of art. The Gold Prize comes with a monetary award of around $18,000, and Arikoski-Johnson’s award-winning ceramic sculpture “Fragmented Framing” will be part of KIBC’s permanent collection, one of the most prestigious international collections of contemporary ceramics.
Leap Year, a residency program produced by MINT, provides a comprehensive and robust system of support for emerging artists in the Atlanta-Metro area. Through rigorous independent research and insights, Mint developed Leap Year to be inclusive of both community and network development, along with opportunities for quiet reflection and introspection on personal and career growth. Each artist receives free studio space for the year, a W.A.G.E. stipend, a two-week residency at Hambidge, a mentor and museum memberships. MINT’s Curatorial Jury selected five artists for the program from more than 140 applications.
MOCA GA’s Working Artist Project (WAP) fellowship was developed to support established artists in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. The fellowship award includes a major stipend to create new work, a solo exhibition, catalog and paid studio apprentices over the course of one year. Bowen is one of three recipients to receive this year’s award which was guest-curated by Jordan Carter, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The American Prize
Second Place – The American Prize Dale Warland Award in Choral Conducting, 2021 (college/university chorus division)
Jennifer Sengin, Lecturer and Associate Director of Choral Activities
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation’s most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts. The American Prize is nonprofit, unique in scope and structure, and is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles, composers and administrators in the United States, based on submitted recordings.
The Dale Warland Award in Choral Conducting celebrates the artistry of one of the greatest choral conductors of this generation and who has made an indelible impression on contemporary choral music, nationally and internationally.
The Opera Guild for Atlanta awards scholarships to evolving artists and provides opportunities for singers to perform at Opera Guild events and galas. Demetrius Sampson received this year’s undergraduate division award, and Natalie Almeter received the Tommy Trotter Memorial Scholarship as the graduate division winner. Each award comes with a $1000 scholarship for the upcoming school year.
The goal of the Doctoral Scholars Program is to have more minority Ph.D. students seek careers as faculty on college campuses. The fellowship provides multiple layers of support — not only financial assistance and research funding, but also career counseling, job postings and a scholar directory for networking and recruiting. Mentoring and advocacy for scholars is crucial, and support continues into early careers as graduates become faculty members. More than one-third of America’s college students are people of color, but racial and ethnic minorities make up only small fractions of college faculty. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is working to change that.