Virginia Commission for the Arts Awards $12,000 to Virginia Sculptorss
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2015
Margaret G. Vanderhye
Virginia Commission for the Arts
1001 East Broad Street, Suite 330
Richmond, Virginia 23219
RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce the award recipients of the 2015-2016 Artists Fellowships. These annual awards are given to individual Virginia artists to recognize and support creativity and artistic excellence. This year, four artists have been honored in the field of sculpture. Each of the four artists will each receive a fellowship of $3,000 to pursue and advance their respective artistic careers.
Fellowships in Sculpture were awarded to:
Heather Clark (Leesburg) is an independent artist based out of Leesburg, VA. She utilizes art, architecture, and public interventions as a catalyst to build self-sustaining environments that enhance the lives of individuals. Ms. Clark is the founder of Biome Studio, a collaborative organization that facilitates the design and development of affordable green housing. She exhibits throughout the U.S., and presents regularly on the topics of innovation and the development of environmentally sustainable communities. Ms. Clark weaves her passion for self-sufficient environments with art making by connecting communities with interactive works of art. She holds a M.S. in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.S., summa cum laude, from Cornell University in Environment Science and Community Planning.
Michael Jones McKean (Richmond) Michael Jones McKean is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Foundation Award and an Artadia Award. McKean has also been awarded fellowships and residencies at The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The MacDowell Colony, The International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in New York City. Recent exhibitions include the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard, Annedale-On-Hudson, NY: Parc Saint Leger Centre d’art Contemporain, Nevers, France: Horton Gallery, New York, NY: Manifestation Internatiationle d’art de Quebec Biennale, Quebec City, Canada: Gentili Apri, Berlin, Germany: The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece: Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada and Shenkar University, Tel Aviv, Israel. He earned a B.F.A. from Marywood University, Scranton, PA and a M.F.A. from Alfred University, Alfred, NY. McKean is an Associate Professor in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University where he has taught since 2006.
Steve Randall (Richmond) Steven Randall is a photographer, sculptor and installation artist originally from Buffalo, NY and currently residing in Richmond, VA. He attended Alfred University on a Marlin Miller Scholarship earning a B.F.A. in painting and sculpture. At Virginia Commonwealth University, Randall earned a M.F.A. with a concentration in sculpture and extended media. Randall’s work replicates fragments of objects and images questioning their connectivity to the collective conscious. He has exhibited in Richmond, Buffalo, New York, New Orleans, Aspen, Connecticut and Beijing. Randall was the recipient of the Visiting Artist Grant at the Institute for Electronic Arts in New York in addition to receiving the Program for Advanced Environmental Art Grant through Collaborative Concepts in New York.
Levester Williams (Richmond) Williams received his B.F.A. in Art and Design from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, magna cum laude . He is the recipient of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Graduate Studies Fellowship in sculpture and extended media where he currently attends. Williams’s artistic practice seeks to renegotiate questions of history, identity, and memory as sites of criticality. He dislocates objects from their original contexts and renders them within new contextual forms. His works have been included in group exhibitions at Reynold Gallery, Richmond, VA; Transformer Gallery, D.C.; Artisphere, Arlington, VA; Connersmith Gallery, D.C.; Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH; and Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI.
The Virginia Commission for the Arts supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission distributes grant awards to artists, arts and other not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, educators and local governments and provides technical assistance in arts managements.
For additional eligibility information and other Commission requirement contact the Virginia Commission for the Arts, 1001 East Broad Street, Suite 330, Richmond VA 23219, (804) 225-3132, or visit our website: www.arts.virginia.gov.
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