2008 - 2009 Artist Fellowships

Artist Fellowships are offered on a rotating basis to Virginia artists in the following disciplines: crafts, photography, sculpture, fiction, music composition, choreography, painting, works on paper (prints and drawing), poetry, playwriting, and filmmaking depending upon the amount of state and federal funding available to the Commission.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008-2009 Artists Fellowships. Fellowships are awarded annually to artists residing in Virginia in recognition of creative excellence and to support their pursuit of artistic excellence. This year, Virginia artists have been honored in the fields of Craft and Playwright.

2008 -2009 Craft Fellowships were awarded to:

  • Sonya Clark

    Sonya Clark has earned degrees from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA), the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and Amherst College (BA). She is the recipient of the Romnes Award, Cheven Award, Lillian Elliot Award, Rockefeller Bellagio Residency, and a Pollock-Krasner Award. Currently, she is Chair of the Craft/Material Studies Department at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Formerly she was Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Susie Ganch

    Susie Ganch earned her BS and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended the Penland School of Crafts, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts as well as the California College of Art in order to further and expand her skills and studies. Susie Ganch is currently an Assistant Professor and head of the Jewelry/Metal program at VCU

  • Mark Hochstedler

    Mark Hochstedler was recently awarded his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. His medium of choice is clay, and he has presented his works in local group exhibitions.

  • Linda Laino

    Born in Philadelphia and residing in Richmond, Virginia, Linda Laino received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She maintains a Richmond studio for her visual art as well as a free-lance business restoring oriental rugs. She has a new line of furniture and accessories, first conceived about eight years ago, combining her love of art, color, design and textiles.

2008 -2009 Playwright Fellowships were awarded to:

  • Sheri Bailey

    Sheri Bailey attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she went by the name Sheri Hurdle. She was influenced by English professors Philip Roth and Daniel Hoffman. After Penn, she entered the theater program at UCLA, where she earned a master's degree and rediscovered play-writing. Since then she has written 14 plays, winning a National Endowment for the Arts Theater Artist Award in 1993 and earning three nominations for the NAACP Theater Image Awards as Best Playwright.

  • Peter Coy

    Since 1987 he has written several one-acts, two screenplays, and 25 full-length plays and adaptations. His play, A House In The Country, produced by Charter Theatre, won the 2000 Helen Hayes Award for the Outstanding New Play produced in Washington, DC. His most recent play, A Shadow of Honor, was commissioned by the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival. He is currently the Co-Artistic Director at the Hamner Theatre in Nellysford,VA

  • Edward Falco

    Edward Falco is the author of "Home Delivery", which won the Hampden-Sydney Playwriting Award and was subsequently staged by the Hampden-Sydney Theater Department. Earlier versions of the plays were given staged readings in Mill Mountain Theater's Centerpiece and Theater B reading series. Two plays, "Sabbath Night In" and "Radon" premiered in university productions at Virginia Tech. Bother were directed by David Johnson. His most recent plays are "Welcome to Castle in the Air" and "Possum Dreams". He currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he teaches writing and literature in Virginia Tech's MFA program.

  • Douglas Jones

    Douglas Jones was awarded his BA from the University of Chicago, and his MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. He has written and directed multiple plays throughout his career while residing in the Virginia. He is currently an instructor at the Henrico Center for the Arts.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that 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 management.

For information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts or its programs or resources, contact: The Virginia Commission for the Arts, 223 Governor Street (Lewis House), Richmond, VA 23219; 804-225-3132; or visit our website at www.arts.virginia.gov