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ArtsAccelerator 2017 Grant Projects and Artists
"My goal with this new project is to solidify my position as a performative photographer in the contemporary art world. Becuase most people saw my first project, "Wait Watchers," in the mainstream media before they saw in an art context, many collectors and museums will not purchase my work. I have been told that a second project will reinforce my abilities as an artist and someone who is pushing the boundaries of art."click here
"Should I receive a grant I would like to attend the 2017 Open Engagement Conference which is 'dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. This conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time.'"click here
Benefitting ArtsMemphis, Art by Design is a 3-Day event featuring the design artistry of 13 of Memphis’ top interior design teams. Demonstrating an astonishing array of talent, style, furnishings and art, the designers are collectively working to raise funds for over 60 arts organizations and individual artists in our city.click here
The Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration is given annually by Metropolitan Bank and Butler Snow LLP to an outstanding visual artist. The award is named in honor of Emmett O'Ryan, a founding Board Member of Metropolitan Bank.click here
ArtsAccelerator 2016 Grant Projects and Artists
Paula Kovarik received her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She ran a successful graphic design business for 25 years. She makes art with thread and cloth, exploring line and texture. Her work has been recognized in national and international shows and journals including American Craft Magazine, ArtPrize 2015, and several Quilt National exhibitions. Read more about Paula here:click here
Born in Memphis, TN in 1991, Lawrence Matthews III came from a family who encouraged him to be an artist from a young age. Being raised in a racially tense environment his experiences and interests manifested themselves in his visual art. Matthews graduated from Germantown High School in 2009. After experimenting with different styles and influences, Matthews came into his own creating art combining Post Modernist, Pop Art, and contemporary influences to tell the story of the African Descendant living in America. Read more about Lawrence here:click here
ArtsAccelerator 2014 Grant Projects and Artists
"This new project, called Cosmos, involves a synthesis of all my previous ways of working. To make this happen I need to carefully craft my studio space, in my home, with a plain backdrop, light and a projector…and strengthen my digital darkroom with more computer memory and access to Photoshop. The ArtsAccelerator Grant is making this possible." Read more about Stephanie and her work. >>click here
"Funding from ArtsMemphis will also allow me to expand my studio practice to work in a new field in the already fruitful territory of the artist’s book. Additionally, the small print run (of one hundred copies) will allow me to share the intimate experience of viewing these small drawings with people at exhibitions and through venues that specialize in artist’s books." Read more about Hamlett and his work. >>click here
ArtsAccelerator 2013 Grant Projects and Artist
"For me, the ArtsAccelerator Grant provides the support and motivation for exploring genuinely new and experimental work. I will be working in a new medium and exploring a range of new processes in an effort to expand my creative process, and this grant serves as an invaluable catalyst for that expansion. " - Ben Butler
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"I am thrilled to be among the first recipients of the ArtsAccelerator Grant. This grant mirrors and supports the increased energy and expectancy in the the local art scene. I feel this ripeness in my personal career. Individual artist grants are an essential component of our emergence into the greater scene." - Mary Jo Karimnia
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Art by Design 2017 Featured Interior Designers
Ami Austin Interior Design is a nationally acclaimed award-winning interior design firm. Ami and her team have transformed homes and offices in Memphis and throughout the United States into functional, statement-making works of art that their clients are proud to showcase to their friends, family, coworkers and clients. Ami Austin has built a team of professionals that include her staff of top-notch interior designers and first-class trade relationships to complete and complement her design aesthetics.click here
A native Memphian with a hospitable approach to Interior Design, Becca Gaines’ passion for interiors stems from her love for people and the places that tell their stories. Becca is a licensed Interior Designer with over 10 years of experience creating atmospheres of sanctuary and celebration. Her aesthetic is known for pushing the limits of interior style, respecting tradition but never bound by it.click here
The Arts Transform
Lee Galloway, a security guard at the Levitt Shell, experienced the joy of opera for the first time in his life when Opera Memphis performed a 30 Days of Opera concert at the Shell. The performance amazed him, and since that concert, he became an opera fan and was inspired to take piano lessons.click here
David "Flash Fleischman - a native of Memphis who returned home to give back to the musicians who transformed his life.click here
Learn what Memphians love about the arts in Memphis.
What arts groups or initiatives in Memphis are most exciting to you right now & Why do you support the arts in Memphis?
From Crosstown to Soulsville, there is an undeniable momentum growing in the arts in Memphis today. Keep this energy alive by making a gift that supports the vibrancy and diversity of our city’s arts and cultural community.
Many of you responded. Read them here.click here
Voices of the South & ArtsMemphis
Voices of the South is a non-profit theatre company that creates, produces and performs original works and adaptations of literature from diverse Southern perspectives.click here
ArtsMemphis is proud to provide financial support to 40+ arts organizations. With your support, we also mentor arts groups, facilitate collaborations and promote the arts.click here
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Arts Education & Outreach Stories
Theatre Memphis’ Caritas Village Peacemakers after-school program. Caritas Village is a nonprofit community center in Binghampton.click here
ArtsDays brings together local non-profit Creative Aging, local artists, volunteers and seniors.click here
The Best of Memphis' arts and culture hit the streets for 3 amazing days of new experiences, discovery and participation.
Arts Pop Up produced by ArtsMemphis
Arts Pop Up Documentary by Live From Memphis
Shot and Edited by Christopher Reyes
ArtsMemphis TV is a Web series of short videos that showcase individual artists through in-depth interviews and footage of them at work. ArtsMemphis TV is a partnership between ArtsMemphis and Live From Memphis.