The Arts Council of Henderson County, NC, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, announces the Regional Artist Project Grantees for 2012-13. This grant is for professional artists who wish to further their career through purchase of equipment and materials, professional development workshops, travel expenses associated with a professional opportunity, or development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures and websites.
The Arts Council of Henderson County is the Designated County Partner for the distribution of funds provided by the North Carolina Arts Council. These funds are matched by the three participating counties.
A total of $4,000 in RAPG funds were awarded to: Bonnie Joy Bardos of Polk County to purchase materials for her series entitled Sculpture/Goddess Fragments; Joan Berner, fiber artist from Henderson County, for materials and hardware to redesign her display booth; Cynthia Cole, Polk County photographer, support for “Looking Up,” utilizing a special photo printing process; Brent R. Fleury, Henderson County music/video artist, software and lighting equipment; and Miriam Hughes, fiber artist from Henderson County, to provide materials for completion and display for her felted egg series.
Other awardees include: Elena Diana Miller, Henderson County performing artist, for the creation of a professional promotional package; Beatrice Niemann, painter from Henderson County, for continuing professional education; Janet Orselli, found object artist from Polk County, for transportation expenses for invitational exhibits; Michele Skeele, Henderson County musician, to support creation of a CD showcasing American Indian flutes with other instruments; Joshua N. Staton, metal artist of Henderson County, for purchase of a welder; and Susan VandeWeghe, puppet artist of Transylvania County, for production of a professional marketing video.
Nineteen applications were received from across the three counties, and eleven artists were awarded grants ranging from $250 to $700, by a panel of professional artists representing the disciplines applied for. “The number of applicants, and the range of artistic endeavors has never been greater,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council of Henderson County, and administrator for the Regional Artist Project Grants.
For more information please contact The Arts Council by e-mail at (email@example.com) or call 828/693-8504. The web address is (www.acofhc.org).
The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)
The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.