Department of Craft/Material Studies Chair Sonya Clark is the recipient of this year’s ArtPrize Grand Prize award, an honor she is sharing with another recipient – splitting the $200,000 prize. In addition to the grand prize honors, Clark also received the juried award in the two-dimensional category. In addition to the ArtPrize, Clark has been named the 2014 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, an annual prize awarded to artists who contribute to the understanding of art in the South. Awarded by Society 1858, this $10,000 award goes out to one recipient per year. Recipients must be from the Southern region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia) and can work with any media. Clark works with materials such as human hair, beads, copper, cloth and combs.
Erin Freeman, who holds a joint directorial position with the Department of Music and the Richmond Symphony Chorus, has recently been named Artistic Director of Wintergreen Performing Arts. Her role will begin fall 2014, where she will become the new creator and producer of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy. She will also be involved with development, strategic planning, promotion and other marketing efforts. Freeman has a background in orchestral, choral and ballet conducting, as well as teaching in the higher education setting.
Receive funding for your work through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship program.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and has awarded nearly $5 million in fellowships to Virginians. Awards are available for both undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to professional artists.
Applicants must be a permanent resident of the United States and Virginia. Applicants must submit the application form in addition to work samples, resume, artistic statement, and transcript (if applicable). More details, information and the application PDF can be found here. The deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014.
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Elizabeth King, professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, is one of 10 recipients of this year’s Anonymous Was A Woman award, a $25,000 grant for women artists over 40 who are at a critical moment in their lives or careers. King plans to put the grant towards two of her long-term projects; a solo show scheduled for 2015 and a book she’s co-authoring on 16th century automaton.
Owen Duffy, PhD student in the Department of Art History was awarded a Small Research Grant from the Henry Moore Foundation to travel to London this July and August to conduct dissertation research. This international award provides over $4,000 in support as Owen researches the early years of the British contemporary artist Anish Kapoor.