This post originates from a Delaware Division of the Arts press release...
Seventeen Delaware artists are being recognized by the Division for the high quality of their artwork. Work samples from 124 Delaware choreographers, composers, musicians, writers, folk and visual artists were reviewed by out-of-state arts professionals, considering demonstrated creativity and skill in their art form. The 17 selected fellows reside throughout Delaware including Lewes, Newark, Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington.
Awards are given in three categories — $10,000 for the Masters Award, $6,000 for the Established Professional Award, and $3,000 for the Emerging Professional Award — and Fellows are required to offer at least one exhibit or performance during the upcoming year, providing an opportunity for the public to experience their work. The work of the Fellows will be featured in a group exhibition, Award Winners XVIII, at the Biggs Museum this summer.
“Individual Artist Fellowship grants provide the recognition and exposure that artists need to successfully promote their work,” said Paul Weagraff, director of Delaware Division of the Arts. “The financial award allows them to pursue advanced training, purchase equipment and materials, or fulfill other needs to advance their careers.”
The Masters Fellowship is open to differing artistic disciplines each year. In Fiscal Year 2018, Masters Fellowship applications were accepted in Dance, Jazz or Music from artists who had previously received an Established Professional Fellowship. In addition to exemplifying high artistic quality, Masters Fellowship applicants must demonstrate their involvement and commitment to the arts in Delaware. Listed below are the Delaware Division of the Arts 2018 Individual Artist Fellows and four Honorable Mentions.
Musician and educator Lloyd Shorter has been awarded this year’s Masters Fellowship in Music: Solo Recital. Shorter plays English horn, oboe, and oboe d’amore. This season marks Shorter’s 45th season with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He is also a performer and Co-Artistic Director of the Relâche Ensemble, an eight-member contemporary music ensemble based in Philadelphia. With Relâche he has recorded or performed new works, toured nationally and internationally, and collaborated with numerous composers including Philip Glass. At the University of Delaware, Shorter spent 34 years as Assistant Professor of Oboe, and was the Director for the Governor’s School Music Program and a member of the Del Arte Woodwind Quintet. He continues to teach privately and explore new music with a special interest in technology.
Delaware Division of the Arts 2018 Individual Artist Fellows
Masters Award ($10,000)
- Lloyd Shorter, Wilmington — Music: Solo Recital
Established Professional Award ($6,000)
- Dennis Beach, Wilmington — Visual Arts: Sculpture
- Jack Clemons, Lewes — Literature: Fiction
- Thomas Del Porte, Wilmington — Visual Arts: Painting
- Ellen Durkan, Wilmington — Visual Arts: Sculpture
- Maribeth Fischer, Lewes — Literature: Creative Nonfiction
- David P. Kozinski, Wilmington — Literature: Poetry
- Lawrence Stomberg, Wilmington — Music: Solo Recital
- Joan Warburton-Phibbs, Wilmington — Dance: Choreography
Emerging Professional Award ($3,000)
- Leah Beach, Rehoboth Beach — Visual Arts: Photography
- Kevin Bielicki, Newark — Visual Arts: Sculpture
- Joyce Chen, Wilmington — Music: Solo Recital
- Jen Epler, Wilmington — Literature: Fiction
- Gemelle John, Wilmington — Literature: Poetry
- Lauren E. Peters, Wilmington — Visual Arts: Painting
- Robert Waters, Lewes — Media Arts: Video/Film
- Shannon Connor Winward, Newark — Literature: Fiction
- Teresa Clifton, Milford — Literature: Fiction
- Charles Guerin, Dover — Visual Arts: Works on Paper
- Isai Jess Muñoz, Hockessin — Music: Solo Recital
- Terence Roberts, Wilmington — Visual Arts: Photography
To contact an individual artist, contact Roxanne Stanulis, Program Officer, Artist Programs and Services. The next deadline for Individual Artist Fellowship applications will be Tuesday, August 1, 2018 by 4:30pm.
The Delaware Division of the Arts is an agency of the State of Delaware. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. Funding for Division programs is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov