The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Awards Regional Artist Project Grants for Three Counties


The Arts Council of Henderson County, in Hendersonville 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 2016-17. These grants are awarded to artists planning projects that have artistic merit and promise to advance the career of the artist or collaborating group. The grants are open to emerging and established artists.

The Arts Council of Henderson County administers the grants as a Designated County Partner with the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. Funds from the North Carolina Arts Council are matched by the three participating counties.

A total of $4,000 in RAPG funds were awarded to the following seven artists:

Lucy Clark, a clay artist from Transylvania County, is receiving support for her attendance at a three week workshop at Georgia O’Keefe”s Ghost ranch in Albuiqui, NM, to learn techniques from master potter Clarence Cruz.

Jeanne Fry, a Henderson County illustrator and mixed media artist, is receiving funds to support purchase of digital devices to enable creation of her first illustrated children’s book for print.

Janet Orselli of Polk County will receive funding to purchase of materials for drawings for a solo show planned at the Depot Room in Tryon opening Friday April 7 with an opening reception from 5:00-7:30pm. The work will be on display through April 30, 2017.

Linda T. Powell, author from Polk County, is using grant funding to support editing and proofreading of her second children’s book.

Work by Nancy Smeltzer

Nancy Smeltzer, Henderson County fiber artist, will purchase lighting equipment to aid in creating professional quality photographs of her intricately beaded artwork.

Work by Billy Smith

Billy Smith, mural artist of Transylvania County, is receiving funds to support purchase of materials to paint a public mural on the back of the Rice Furniture building in Brevard, paying homage to Brevard’s music scene.

Joshua Staton, Henderson County metalworking artist, is receiving support for development of a prototype living room chair made of both steel and wood.

Nine applications were received from across the three counties, and the seven artists were awarded grants ranging from $200 to $1,000, by a panel of professional artists representing the disciplines applied for. “The panel evaluated the applications on overall excellence of the applicant’s artwork, feasibility of their proposed projects, and on how well the proposed project would contribute to the advancement of the applicant’s professional career,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council of Henderson County, and administrator for the Regional Artist Project Grants.

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., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at by e-mail at (, call 828/693-8504 or visit (


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