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Arkansas Arts Council Announces 2019 Fellowships

Arkansas Arts Council - Monday, September 09, 2019


Congratulations to this year's Individual Artist Fellowship recipients! Photo, left to right, top: Holly Laws, sculpture and installation art; Robin Neveu Brown, dance choreography; Paiyin Lin-Mros, dance choreography; middle row, Greely Myatt, sculpture and installation art; Linda Nguyen Lopez, sculpture and installation art; Monica Clark-Robinson, writing of novels; bottom row, John Vanderslice, writing of novels; Matthew Boyce, dance choreography; and Tyrone Jaeger, writing of novels.

The Arkansas Arts Council, along with the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Individual Artist Fellowship awards.

“Each year, we honor up to nine talented and outstanding Arkansas artists in three different categories,” said Patrick Ralston, director of the Arkansas Arts Council. “These grants help artists pursue their independent projects and endeavors and help perpetuate and build access to the arts statewide.”

Individual Artist fellowships are unconditional, non-matching awards made directly to individual Arkansas artists. An independent panel annually selects nine artists in rotating categories to receive fellowships of $4,000 each. Artists from around the state submitted applications for the fellowships in three categories: sculpture and installation art, dance choreography and the writing of novels.

The Arts Council will recognize and honor fellowship recipients in a special ceremony Oct. 6 as part of ArtLinks, the Arkansas Arts Council’s statewide arts conference.

Sculpture and Installation Art:

  • Holly Laws, of Mayflower, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture at Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is one of the “Women to Watch 2019: Heavy Metal Touring Exhibition.” She represented the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2018. Laws is associate professor of art at University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
  • Linda Nguyen Lopez, of Fayetteville, is a ceramic artist. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in art education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art in ceramics at California State University in Chico. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in studio art, ceramics, at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work throughout the United States. She is a 2019 recipient of a Residency Fellowship Award to Guldagergaard, Officne Saffi, in Milan, Italy; a 2018 Artists 360 grant recipient from the Mid-America Arts Alliance; and a 2017 Greenwich House Pottery Fellowship in New York City.
  • Greely Myatt, of West Memphis, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Delta State University in Mississippi and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He is a former professor of art at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Myatt has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States.

Dance Choreography

  • Matthew Boyce, of North Little Rock, trained at the Montclair State University in music education and at the New Jersey Tap Ensemble with Deborah Mitchell. He has competed and performed dance since 2000. Boyce’s teaching experience includes tap instructor in New Jersey and in Little Rock and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s dance department. He is an educator at the Arkansas Repertory Theater.
  • Robin Neveu Brown, of North Little Rock, earned a Master of Fine Arts in dance with a focus on performance, research-based choreography, dance writing, collaborative process and teaching. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is a visiting assistant professor of dance at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, where she teaches ballet and modern technique, dance history, choreography, dance science and kinesiology. She also teaches community and site-specific dance.
  • Paiyin Lin-Mros, of Hot Springs, is trained in theatrical performance and Butoh, which is a performance practice that emerged around the middle of the 20th century in Japan. Butoh encompasses a range of techniques in dance, movement and performance. Lin-Mros has served as stage manager, set designer, performer, director and instructor for several theaters, groups and studios. Her experience includes work with That Theater Troupe. She is assistant art director for Wind and Ears Studio in Taiwan.

Writing of Novels

  • Tyrone Jaeger lives in Conway where he teaches English and creative writing at Hendrix College. He earned a doctorate and a Master of Arts in English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English at Rollins College in Florida. Jaeger’s publications include “Radio Eldorado,” “So Many True Believers” and “The Runaway Note.” His work has been published in journals and magazines that include Toad Suck Review, Exquisite Corpse Annual, The Oxford American, The Literary Review, Descant, Southern Humanities Review and others.
  • Monica Clark-Robinson, of Alexander, earned a Master of Fine Arts at Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Missouri State University. Her published works include: “Let the Children March” and “Standing on Her Shoulders.” Clark-Robinson is a former instructor at University of Arkansas Little Rock and the former children’s librarian at Central Arkansas Library System. She is regional adviser for the Arkansas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
  • John Vanderslice, of Conway, teaches in the Department of Film, Theatre and Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He earned a doctorate in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in English at University of Virginia. Vanderslice’s publications include the novel, “The Last Days of Oscar Wilde,” and the short-story collection, “Island Fog.” His short fiction has been published in Prime Number Magazine, South 85 and Red Moonshine. He has published nearly 70 short stories in literary journals and anthologies.

Fellowship recipients will be honored for their artistic and creative excellence during the Fellowship Awards Presentation and Reception, which will be 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Walton Arts Center at 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation of the awards.

For more information, contact Robin McClea, artist services program manager, at [email protected] or at 501-324-9348. More information about ArtLinks is available at www.arkansasarts.org/artlinks.