Fourteen Artists Receive Grants from Arts Council
Awards Total $40,000 for Local Artists
Tampa, FL [Feb. 29, 2016] Fourteen artists have been awarded grants totaling $40,000 by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County as part of its 2016 Individual Artist Grants program. The grant program is designed to provide support for the professional growth of accomplished, local artists. Artists applied for funds for specific projects that were reviewed and scored by a six-member panel of arts professionals in February. All of the artists live in Hillsborough County.
The Arts Council’s Board of Directors voted unanimously Feb. 25 to approve the panel recommendations for awards. Grantees include:
• Daniel Balk, jewelry artist, $3,000 for equipment to expand metal art technique
• Paula Brett, multimedia artist, $3,000, materials, supplies for new series of work
• Aric Brian, musician, $3,000 for attendance, teaching at Portoheli International Music Festival (Greece)
• Heidi Clapp-Temple, photographer, $2,946 for equipment, attendance at photographers’ festival
• Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, painter, $3,000 for materials for new series of work
• Kimberli Cummings, potter, $3,000 for clay equipment, studio improvement
• Rebecca Flanders, photographer, $2,195 for equipment, materials for exhibition of new work
• Myriam Ayala Frederick, ballet dancer and teacher, $2,940 for classical training at Paris Opera Ballet, London Royal Ballet
• Brenda Gregory, multimedia artist, $3,000 for metal art studio equipment
• Kym O’Donnell, photographer, $2,000 for materials, framing, equipment for photography
• Eddie Rivera, muralist, $2,919 for materials, equipment rental for new work
• Emilia Sargent, actor, $3,000 for training at NY Atlantic Acting School
• Peter Stilton, painter, $3,000 for materials, framing for exhibition of new work
• Laura Waller, painter, $3,000 for production of exhibition catalog of new work
Laura Waller, the highest scoring visual artist, also received the Carolyn Heller Visual Arts Award, providing her 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.
Funding for the Individual Artist Grant program is made possible by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the Arts Council’s annual FIVE by FIVE event.