Awards Total Nearly $20,000 for Visual Artists, Musicians, Playwright, Filmmaker, Dancer
Eleven artists have been awarded grants totaling $19,166 by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County as part of its 2014 Individual Artist Grants program. The grant program is designed to provide support for the professional growth of accomplished, local artists. Artists apply for funds for specific projects that are then reviewed and scored by a seven-member panel of arts professionals. Twenty applications were received for the grant program this year.
The Arts Council’s Board of Directors voted unanimously Feb. 27 to approve the panel recommendations for awards. Grantees include:
· Michael Covello, installation artist, $2000 for equipment to support his new work, “The Potter’s Field Project.”
· Shawn Cheatham, filmmaker, $2000 for equipment to support his documentary film, “Bedroom Community.”
· James Lennon, photographer, $1934 for equipment to support his “Tampa On Stage Project.”
· Bryan Weinstein, photographer, $1907 to support his “Then and Now Photography Project.”
· Natalie Symons, playwright, $1595 to support development of “The Buffalo Kings.”
· Sigrid Tidmore, visual artist, $1750 in support of book illustrations for “Girls Who Like Bugs.”
· Brian Dean Fidalgo II, dancer, $2000 to attend the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation.
· Diane Elmeer, painter, $2000 in support of her upcoming solo exhibit at Morean Art Center.
· Aaron Lepley, musician, $780 to support production of a music CD.
· Jason Henthorne, photographer, $2000 for video documentation of his new work, “Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice.”
· Tommy Durham, painter, $1200 for supplies, equipment to produce large-scale acrylic paintings.
Michael Covello, the highest scoring visual artist, also received the Carolyn Heller Visual Arts Award, providing him with an additional $1,000. Carolyn Heller was a popular visual artist in Tampa and upon her death in 2011, her family designated memorials in her name be directed to Hillsborough Arts. Covello’s newest work, The Occulous, debuts at the 44th Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts March 1 and 2.