Press Release: ArtsMemphis Announces FY '17 ArtsAccelerator Grantees

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MEMPHIS, TN (March 10th, 2017) – ArtsMemphis has awarded a $25,000 in competitive grants to five artists. ArtsAccelerator is an incentive grant for visual artists who are at a critical juncture in their career. 

ArtsMemphis provides five grants of $5,000 each to visual artists from Shelby County to enhance the artist’s overall work or career.  By supporting individual artists we are able to provide real and accessible support for new work, signal to visual artists that Memphis values their contributions to our region, attract and retain a vibrant creative class in Memphis and contribute to the visibility of our artistic community as a whole, both regionally and nationally.

This year we had a record number of 96 applicants which were judged by three distinguished judges from outside of the Mid-South area. Sally Frater is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kansas.  Juan Logan is an artist from Belmont, North Carolina and has shown extensively nationally and internationally. Roseann Weiss is Director of Artist and Community Initiatives at The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis.

2017 Grantees
Haley Morris-Cafiero
Cat Peña
Christopher Reyes
Amanda Sparks
Lance Turner

Read about these artists and their projects here.

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