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Nine Arkansas Artists Receive $4,000 Fellowships

Arkansas Arts Council - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Congratulations to the nine recipients of our 2016 Individual Artist Fellowship awards. The artists will be recognized at a reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Historic Arkansas Museum on 200 E. Third Street in Little Rock. Refreshments will be served in the Stella Boyle Smith Atrium at 5:30 with the awards program beginning at 6 p.m. in the Ottenheimer Theater. Seating is limited; RSVP by Friday, Oct. 7, by calling (501) 324-9348 or emailing [email protected]. Click HERE to read the recipients' bios.

Awarded annually, the fellowships recognize individual artistic ability and creative excellence in literary, performing and visual arts. These $4,000 fellowships enable artists to set aside time for creating their art and improving their skills. Three artistic disciplines are selected each year as categories for the awards.

The three categories for this year are Literary Arts: Poetry; Performing Arts: Music Composition – Folk/Gospel/Jazz/Pop; and Visual Arts: Painting. The recipients were selected by a jury of professional artists, writers and performers.

Literary Arts: Poetry

Megan Blankenship, Little Rock

Renee Emerson, Jonesboro

H.K. Hummel, Little Rock

Performing Arts: Music Composition – Folk/Gospel/Jazz/Pop

Charles L. (Charley) Sandage, Mountain View

Rachel Brick aka Rachel Fields, Fayetteville

Derrick K. Gibbs, Benton

Visual Arts: Painting

Dustyn John Bork, Batesville

Heidi Carlsen-Rogers, Bella Vista

Steve Spencer, Little Rock