Arkansas Arts Council Awards Celebrate, Reward Individual Artists

Arkansas Arts Council - Thursday, October 04, 2018 2018 - Thursday, October 04, 2018 Storyline - Thursday, October 04, 2018

Aaron J. FisherThe Arkansas Arts Council spotlighted nine Arkansas artists with its Individual Artist Fellowship Award during a Sept. 27 award ceremony at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

“It was a great opportunity for artists to come together and celebrate the arts,” artist Aaron J. Fisher said.

Fisher is among six awardees who attended the ceremony and presented their work. The fellowships, which are awarded annually, are meant to enable and recognize artists.

“The Individual Artist Fellowships encourage Arkansas artists of all disciplines and give them the resources to grow their careers and talents. This, in turn, contributes to our successful creative economy,” said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Arkansas Arts Council awards grants of $4,000 each in three categories: literary, performing and visual arts. Recipients are selected by a jury of professional artists, writers and performers.

This year’s fellowships went to: Candrice Jones, of Little Rock and Rachel Lynett and John Walch, both of Fayetteville, for literary arts in playwriting; Aaron J. Fisher, of Jonesboro, David Franks, of Greenland, and Jake Hertzog, of Fayetteville, for performing arts in music composition in the classical Western tradition; and Melissa Cowper-Smith, of Morrilton, Lisa Krannichfeld, of Little Rock and Sabine Schmidt, of Fayetteville, for visual arts in works on paper.

The sub-categories rotate and are chosen yearly. That method keeps the award fresh and better showcases the magnificent display of talent in the state, artist Jake Hertzog said.

Hertzog and other awardees said the ceremony was inspirational and the award was an honor. The work presented was a strong representation of what Arkansas artists have to offer, artist Candrice Jones added.

“I love the range within the different content areas. It was really beautiful,” Jones said. “I’m so happy to be part of it.”

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