IACA Announces 2020 Artist Fellowship Award Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2020

 

ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL AGENCY ANNOUNCES 2020 ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

Chicago, IL - The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is honored to announce the 2020 Artist Fellowship Award (AFA) recipients. The IACA AFAs are $15,000 awards to Illinois artists in recognition of their outstanding work and commitment within the arts. This year 19 Illinois artists will receive Fellowships totaling $255,000. Finalist Awards of $1,500 were also awarded to 19 Illinois artists for a total of $27,000. The Finalist Award category recognizes and encourages additional applicants who demonstrate considerable talent.

The Artist Fellowship Program offered funding in 6 artistic disciplines. This year's Fellowship and Finalist Award recipients were selected from 356 Illinois based creative artists working in the disciplines of Ethnic and Folk Arts, Crafts, Interdisciplinary/Computer-Based Arts, and Visual Arts which includes Visual-Based Arts (Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Graphic & Drawing), Photography, and Sculpture.

The Council is proud to be able to award Illinois artists with the unrestricted awards that will support their creative endeavors and artistic growth. The mission of the Illinois Arts Council Agency is “To build a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts.” The Agency recognizes that Illinois’ artists are an essential component of the social fabric of the state and its arts community especially during these challenging times. The Artist Fellowship Awardees and Finalist range in age from their 30s through their 70s, hail from 11 different communities across the state including urban, suburban, and rural communities. They represent communities from as far north as Chicago, as far southwest as Murphysboro, as far southeast as Charleston and as well as the heart of Illinois, Bloomington/Normal.

Following are the Fiscal Year 2020 Artist Fellowship and Finalist Award recipients listed by discipline.

 

ETHNIC AND FOLK ARTS

 

 

   

Juan Dies

Chicago

$15,000

   

Tatsuyuki Aoki

Oak Park

$15,000

   

Vanitha Veeravalli

Naperville

$ 1,500

   

Pranita Nayar

Chicago

$ 1,500

   

Shoba Natarajan

Naperville

$ 1,500

   

 

 

 

   

CRAFTS

 

 

   

Janis Mars Wunderlich

Monmouth

$15,000

   

Melissa Leandro

Chicago

$15,000

   

Pattie Chalmers

Carbondale

$ 1,500

   

Sharon Bladholm

Chicago

$ 1,500

   

 

 

 

   

INTERDISCIPLINARY/COMPUTER-BASED ARTS

 

 

   

Steven Ciampaglia & Kerry Richardson           

Oak Park

$15,000

   

Lional  Freeman         

Chicago

$15,000

   

Jay Alan Yim & Marlena Novak         

Chicago

$ 1,500

   

Kristin  Carlson           

Bloomington

$ 1,500

   

 

VISUAL-BASED ARTS

(INSTALLATION, MIXED MEDIA, PAINTING, DRAWING, & Graphic)

 

 

   

Amanda Williams

Chicago

$15,000

   

William J. O’Brien

Chicago

$15,000

   

Assaf Evron

Chicago

$15,000

   

Conrad Bakker

Urbana

$15,000

   

Allison Lacher & Jeff Robinson

Springfield

$15,000

   

Claire Ashley

Oak Park

$ 1,500

   

Aram Han Sifuentes

Chicago

$ 1,500

   

Huong Ngo

Chicago

$ 1,500

   

Marc Fischer

Chicago 

$ 1,500 

   

 

 

 

   

VISUAL-BASED ARTS (PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

 

   

Noritaka Minami

Chicago

$15,000

   

Alice Hargrave

Chicago

$15,000

   

Jason Reblando

Normal

$15,000

   

Gonzalo Reyes

Chicago

$ 1,500

   

Laura Letinsky

Chicago

$ 1,500

   

Patty Carroll

Chicago

$ 1,500

   

 

 

 

   

VISUAL-BASED ARTS (SCULPTURE)

 

 

   

Chris Bradley

Chicago

$15,000

   

Heather Mekkelson

Chicago

$15,000

   

Matthew Boonstra

Charleston

$15,000

   

Stephen Reber

Chicago 

 $ 1,500 

   

John Medwedeff

Murphysboro

 $ 1,500

   

Wen Liu

Chicago

 $ 1,500

   

Rodrigo Lara Zendejas

Chicago

 $ 1.500

   
         

The following jurors reviewed this year’s applications in the disciplines of:

CRAFTS: Dave Blevins, Versailles, KY; Mollie Flanagan, Falls, RI; Cynthia Myron, Henrico, VA; Lilli Tichinin, Santa Fe, NM

ETHNIC AND FOLK ARTS: Susan Eleuterio, Highland, IN; John Fenn, Washington DC; Veronica O'Hern, Des Moines, IA

INTERDISCIPLINARY/COMPUTER-BASED ARTS ARTIST: Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Brooklyn, NY; Karin Hodgin Jones, Champaign, IL; Sarah Lewison, Carbondale, IL; Judd Morrissey, Chicago, IL

VISUAL-BASED ARTS (PHOTOGRAPHY): Paul D'Amato, Chicago, IL; Rachel Fein-Smolinski, Champaign, IL; Beate Geissler, Chicago, IL; Simone Levine, Chicago, IL

VISUAL-BASED ARTS (SCULPTURE): Juan Angel Chavez, Chicago, IL; Danielle Bursk, Trenton, NJ; Linda Norbut Suits, Springfield, IL

VISUAL-BASED ARTS (INSTALLATION, MIXED MEDIA, PAINTING, GRAPHIC & DRAWING): Erin Buczynski, Mapleton, IL; Betsy Dollar, Springfield, IL; Karsten Lund, Chicago, IL; Daniel Schulman, Chicago, IL

ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AWARDS 
The intent of the Artist Fellowship Program is to enrich and strengthen the state of Illinois by supporting accomplished Illinois artists who are the foundation of Illinois' creative environment. The Artist Fellowship Program recognizes exceptional artists who have created a substantial body of work throughout their career by providing awards to support continued artistic growth. The awards are non-matching Fellowships in unrestricted fixed amounts of $15,000.

To learn more about the Artist Fellowship Awards visit: http://www.arts.illinois.gov/AFA-Program

ABOUT THE ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL AGENCY
The Illinois Arts Council Agency was created as a state agency by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965 through legislation sponsored by Senators Paul Simon, Thomas McGloon, and Alan Dixon. The agency is governed by up to twenty-one private citizens chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and appointed by the Governor. Council members serve in a voluntary, non-paid capacity and are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. A small professional staff with in-depth knowledge of the arts develops and administers the agency’s programs, provides technical assistance, and ensures the responsible and impactful distribution of all funds. Resources to support the Illinois Arts Council Agency are provided by the Governor and General Assembly of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about the Illinois Arts Council Agency visit: http://www.arts.illinois.gov/

CONTACT: Encarnacion Teruel, Deputy Director - Artist Fellowship Awards, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Encarnacion.teruel@illinois.gov, 312-814-4991.

 

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