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Above: Malia Mahi-Badis, recipient of the NYFA Folk/Traditional Arts Grant.

THE NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NYFA)

THE NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NYFA)
AWARDS 94 FELLOWSHIPS TOTALING $658,000
THROUGH THE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Folk/Traditional Art
category included for the first time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark Rossier
212-366-6900 x 211
mrossier@nyfa.org

NEW YORK, NY (Thursday, July 12, 2012) – The New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) has announced the recipients of its 27th annual Artist Fellowships, including, for the first time, Fellows and Finalists in the Folk/Traditional Arts category. A total of 94 Fellowships of $7,000 each were awarded in the following disciplines: Fiction; Film/Video; Folk/Traditional Arts; Interdisciplinary Work, and Painting. In addition to the Fellows, three Finalists, who do not receive a cash award, were named in each of the five categories. The Fellows and Finalists were selected by state-wide panels of their peers from 4,317 applicants. A complete list of Fellows and Finalists and their counties of residency and discipline-specific panelists follows.

The inclusion of Folk/Traditional Art marks the first new discipline added to the Fellowship program in 15 years. “We continually evaluate the categories and workings of the Fellowship program to ensure it stays relevant to the needs of New York State’s artists,” said NYFA Executive Director Michael L. Royce. “Over the past several years, we had seen an increase in the number of applications from folk and traditional artists being submitted in other categories. As we looked at the depth of this field, and in conversation with our partners at New York State Council on the Arts, we felt it was imperative that we include this category and we are thrilled with the quality and variety of work which was submitted.”

Fellows in the Folk/Traditional category cover an extremely broad range, from visual artists such as Hongyi He, who practices Jianzhi, traditional Chinese paper-cutting, and Kesler Pierce, who makes Hatian Vodou bottles, to performing artists such as Vit Horejs, who performs Czech marionette theatre, and Jagannath Lairenjam, a practitioner of classical Indian Manipuri drum-dance.

When asked about being selected as one of the inaugural group of Folk/Traditional Art Fellows, fifth generation ballad singer, Colleen Cleveland of Warren County, said, “I am absolutely thrilled. For many of us who practice a folk art of any kind, we make a living doing other work and our art is relegated to spare time and spare finances. A program like this allows us to accomplish things that we would not be able to produce without this kind of support. All I can say is thank you so very much.”

First launched in 1985, NYFA’s Artist Fellowship Program, has provided over $26 million in unrestricted cash grants to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their careers. Past recipients include the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes and 15 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships. The funds can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers.

NYFA’s 2012 Artists’ Fellowships are administered by NYFA with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation and one anonymous donor.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year we provide over $1 million in cash grants to individuals and small organizations. Artspire, our fiscal sponsorship program, is the largest and most established in the country and helps artists and organizations raise and manage over $3.5 million annually. Our NYFA Learning programs provide thousands of artists with professional development training and our website, NYFA.org, received over 1.5 million unique visitors last year and has information about more than 9,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines.

NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS 2012
ARTISTS’ FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS, FINALISTS & PANELISTS
BY DISCIPLINE (INCLUDING NEW YORK STATE COUNTY OF RESIDENCE)

Fiction

Denise Burrell-Stinson (New York)
Alexandra Chasin (Kings)
Kiera Coffee (Kings)
Susan Daitch (Kings)
B.G. Firmani (New York)
Scott Geiger (New York)
Melinda Goodman (New York)
Susan Karwoska (Kings)
Mary La Chapelle (Westchester)
Catherine Lacey (Kings)
Caron Levis (Kings)
Sara Lippmann (Kings)
Minju Pak (Kings)
Bob Proehl (Tompkins)
Thaddeus Rutkowski (New York) –Gregory Millard Fellow
Amanda Stern (Kings)
Allison Thompson (Kings)
Arlaina Tibensky (New York)

Finalists

Liana Finck (New York)
Amy Halloran (Rensselaer)
Teddy Wayne (New York)

Panelists

Sarah Dormann (Kings)
David Heatley (Queens)
Robert Lopez (Kings)
Ranbir Sidhu (Kings)
Laurie Weeks (New Paltz)

Folk/Traditional Arts

Colleen Cleveland (Warren)
Hongyi He (Queens) –Gregory Millard Fellow
Vit Horejs (New York)
Julian Kytasty (New York)
Jagannath Lairenjam (Queens)
Malia Mahi-Badis (New York)
Marcos Napa-Ormeno (Bronx) –Gregory Millard Fellow
Kesler Pierre (Kings)
Alhaji Papa Susso (Bronx)
Guowei Wang (New York)

Finalists

Michael Alpert (New York)
Bonnie Gale (Chenango)
Vongku PAK (Kings)

Panelists

Arthur Flowers (Onondaga)
Elena Martínez (Bronx)
Ellen McHale (Schenectady)
Pete Rushefsky (New York)
Nivedita ShivRaj (Queens)

Interdisciplinary Work

Wafaa Bilal (New York)
Xavier Cha (Kings)
Patty Chang (Kings) –Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Award
Ping Chong (New York)
Zachary Fabri (Kings)
Kate Gilmore (New York)
Joseph Keckler (Kings)
Liz Magic Laser (New York)
Alma Leiva (Kings)
Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow (Queens)
Erica Magrey (Kings)
Glendalys Medina (Bronx)
Jason Mitcham (Queens)
Shana Moulton (Queens)
Jenny Polak (Kings)
Andrea Ray (New York)
Dread Scott (Kings)

Finalists

Blake Carrington (Kings)
Jacob Margolin/Nicholas Vaughn (collaboration) (Washington)
Jeff Stark (Kings)

Panelists

Danielle Abrams (Kings)
Man Bartlett (New York)
Brendan Fernandes (New York)
Mollie McKinley (Dutchess)
Saya Woolfalk (New York)

Painting

Thordis Adalsteinsdottir (New York)
Angela Basile (Dutchess)
Trudy Benson (Kings)
Michael Berryhill (New York)
Mariella Bisson (Ulster)
Elizabeth Bonaventura (Greene)
Robert Bordo (Columbia)
Rosanna Bruno (Kings)
Louis Cameron (Kings)
Rebecca Chamberlain (Kings)
Michael Cline (Queens)
Vince Contarino (Kings)
Ian Davis (Ulster)
Molly Dilworth (Kings) –Lily Auchincloss Foundation Fellow
Scott Daniel Ellison (New York)
Micah Ganske (New York)
Jen Harris (Columbia)
Emily Hass (New York)
Ridley Howard (Kings)
Todd Knopke (Kings)
Tim Lokiec (Kings)
Chris Martin (Kings)
Christian Maychack (Kings)
Bradley McCallum/Jacqueline Tarry (collaboration) (Kings)
Daniel Rich (Kings)
David Schirm (Genesee)
Roxa Smith (New York)
Corinne Ulmann (Kings)
Nichole van Beek (Kings)
William Villalongo (New York)
Wendy White (New York)
Deborah Zlotsky (Albany)

Finalists

Richard Briggs (Kings)
Franklin Evans (New York)
Tim Okamura (New York)

Panelists

Kris Chatterson (New York)
Christina Toro (Dutchess)
Sarah McCoubrey (Dutchess)
Shaun El C Leonardo (Queens)
Meghan Gordon (New York)

Video/Film

Tara Autovino (Kings)
Orit Ben Shitri (Kings)
Prashant Bhargava (Kings)
Mari Jaye Blanchard (Kings) –Gregory Millard Fellow
Shirley Bruno (Kings)
Jose Carlos Casado (Queens)
Todd Chandler (Kings)
Ivan Cortazar (Queens)
Michael Gitlin (Dutchess)
Barbara Hammer (New York)
Phillip Hastings (Chautauqua)
Oded Hirsch (Queens)
Marie Losier (New York)
Sterz (Monroe)
Terence Nance (Kings)
Kimberly Reed (New York)
Pawel Wojtasik (Kings)

Finalists

Michael Dominic (Queens)
Eteam (collaboration) (Queens)
Hedia Maron (New York)

Panelists

Yorgo Alexopoulos (New York)
Sandra Gibson (New York)
Lisa Crafts (New York)
Michelle Handelman (Kings)
Julie Casper Roth (Albany)