Wilmington, NC – December 10, 2018 – A dozen Regional Artists have been named in a competitive grant awarded annually to exceptional artists in the four-county area.     “We are pleased to recognize this year’s Regional Artists and to provide a total of $11,576 for professional development projects which will have a demonstrable impact on their artistic careers,”  said Rhonda Bellamy, executive director of the Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC. The Regional Artist Project grant is administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC, in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and arts partners in Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties.   Please see attached photos. For more information or to contact artists, call Rhonda Bellamy at 910-431-9934.

 2018-2019 Regional Artist Project Grantees

Diego Camposeco – $1000 – Visual – Pender County – Purchase an Epson Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner to create anthotypes, images made from the photosynthetic materials of plants.

Julia Jensen – $550 – Visual – New Hanover County – Complete rebuild of an oxygen concentrator used in lampwork/beadmaking.

Sarah Jones – $1000 – Visual – Brunswick County – Framing for 20 portraits in “Celebrating Connections with People of Color” exhibition.

Kirstin O’Malley – $1000 – Visual – New Hanover County – Purchase of a kiln.

Dana Sachs – $1000 – Literary – New Hanover County – Travel to Greece for research for “A Drop in the Sea: Refugees on the Threshold of Europe”

Julianne Scott – $1000 – Visual – New Hanover County – Two-week workshop titled “The Alchemy of Sculpture” in Richmond, VA taught by the founder of the Sculpture Department at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

John Sullivan – $1000 – Literary – New Hanover County – Rent for studio to serve as an incubator/documentary institute.

Sheena Vaught – $1000 – Filmmaking – Brunswick County – Purchase of a laptop with sufficient RAM to operate filmmaking software.

Peggy Vineyard – $1000 – Visual – New Hanover County – Abstract Painting Immersion Workshop at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Melanie Walter – $1000 – Visual – New Hanover County – Purchase of an additional building to house ceramic kilns

Sara Westermark – $1026 – Visual – New Hanover County – Materials to create an enameled torso of scale armor.

Melissa Wilgis – $1000 – Visual – New Hanover County – Purchase supplies for making photograms, shadowlike photographic images made by placing objects between light-sensitive paper and a light source.

Total:  $11,576

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.  Rhonda Bellamy Executive Director, 21 N. Front St., Suite 101, Wilmington, NC  28401. 910-343-0998 (o) 910-431-9934 (c)

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