ArtsAccelerator 2017 Grant Projects and Artists
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 MidSouth 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.
"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
"This grant will allow me to invest in needed equipment, making it possible for me to experiment and expand my capabilities. Further, it will reduce the need for rental equipment (and their personnel), and overall, will enabling me to increase the production of new works."click here
"My commitment to my job and my family (raising two young children) has limited my ability to pursue additional financial opportunities such as other paid work, commissions, etc., that would supplement the income I earn at Crosstown Arts and allow me to purchase the necessary supplies to complete the work."click here
"My name is Lance Turner, and I have been showing my work in Memphis since 2006. I just got back from a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, where I finished developing concepts for several large scale paintings. I have been making progress toward this body of work for several years, and I am excited to be at the stage where I can actually produce the work."click here