Monday, December 3, 2012

Three Local Artists Win USA Fellowship Grants

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Jack DeJohnette
United States Artists, an artist advocacy organization, announced three local winners of their USA Fellowship grants. Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette, Bard professor and filmmaker Jacqueline Goss, and SUNY New Paltz Art Department Chair and metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray each won an unrestricted $50,000 grant.

In its 7th year, USA gave 50 grants, amounting to $17.5 million, directly into the hands of artists. Winners were chosen from eight different disciplines, from visual to performance to literary arts.

DeJohnette was a jazz pioneer and played with John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, and Miles Davis. Goss's latest film The Observers chronicled the lives of climatologists at the Mt. Washington Weather Observatory. Mimlitsch-Gray, who works in tableware and pottery, forms dishes to reflect social issues, such as monoculture farming.

See Peter Aaron's profile on DeJohnette for Chronogram here.

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