• Virginia Commission for the Arts Announces $20,000 Grant from Dominion

    RICHMOND, Va. (Dec. 21, 2015) – The Virginia Commission for the Arts is proud to announce the award of a $20,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, for the 2016 Art Works for Virginia conference to be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in January. The conference will feature leaders in non-profit organization and management. Speakers throughout the day will include a roster of experts on business sustainability, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing and branding and educational outreach.

    One of the main pillars of our philanthropic mission is to promote community vitality,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “The agenda for the Virginia Commission for the Arts 2016 conference offers a great opportunity for us to advance that mission,” he added. “When our non-profit arts organizations can develop and improve their management skills, they are more likely to sustain and invigorate the cultural life of the communities they serve.”

    The Commission is honored and humbled to be the recipient of such an important award for the purpose of promoting community vitality,” said Margaret Vanderhye, executive director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

    Our arts organizations are keenly aware of the importance of good management and organizational skills to sustain and grow their impacts in their respective communities. Our goal for this conference is not that we learn how to survive, but rather how to flourish,” Vanderhye added. “We are very grateful that the Dominion Foundation’s generous award to fund experts and leaders in arts management will help us achieve that goal for our many diverse and talented arts groups in all corners of the state.”

    The theme of the 2016 Art Works for Virginia conference is “Flourish! How the Arts Will Thrive and Grow in the Next Decade.” The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2016 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in downtown Richmond.  To learn more about the conference, or to register to attend, click here.


    Dominion (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies. Dominion and the Dominion Foundation support nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education, and encourage community vitality. Dominion Foundation grants are funded by shareholder dollars and not borne by customers. For more information about Dominion and the Dominion Foundation, visit www.dom.com.

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  • Virginia Commission for the Arts Awards $12,000 to Virginia Sculptorss

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    December 21, 2015
    Margaret G. Vanderhye
    Executive Director
    Virginia Commission for the Arts
    1001 East Broad Street, Suite 330
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    804-225-3132
    margaret.vanderhye@vca.virginia.gov

    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.

    http://www.biomestudio.com/

    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.

    http://www.michaeljonesmckean.com/selected-work.html

    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. 

    http://www.stevenrandallstudio.com/sculpture.html

    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.   

    http://levesterwilliams.com/home.html

    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 websitewww.arts.virginia.gov.

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