CCT: 2014 Artist Fellowship Awardees

2014 Artist Fellowship Awardees:

 

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) awarded the 2014 Artist Fellowships Awards to 6 artists selected based on the artistic excellence of their work. The funding provides an opportunity for these artists to continue their artistic development and creation of new work.

Grants in the amount of $10,000 were awarded in the categories of Craft, Film/Video, New Media / Digital Arts and Sculpture / 3D Installation, to the following artists: 

Name

Category

Town

Award

Roland Becerra

Film / Video

Bridgeport

$10,000

Johannes DeYoung

Film / Video

Oxford

$10,000

Joe Fig

Sculpture / 3D Installation

Simsbury

$10,000

Kayla Bree Gibbons

Sculpture / 3D Installation

New Haven

$10,000

Terrence Lavin

Craft

Meriden

$10,000

Adele Myers

New Media / Digital Art

Hamden

$10,000

 
 

COA received a total of 94 applications and engaged a total of 13 panelists.  Five separate reviews were conducted with panelists assigned based on their professional credentials.  Panelists reviewed applications and scored with scores averaged and ranked.

The panelists are as follows:

 

Craft

Yong Joo Kim received her MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design.  She was a recent recipient of the 2014 Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC) award and has exhibited her works throughout the region. 
Kathryn Gremley is the director of the art gallery at the Pentland School of Crafts in North Carolina.  Gremley is the curator and exhibition designer and builds the exhibitions around themes intended to expand the public’s understanding of craft. 
Denise Pelletier is a Professor of Art at Connecticut College with a focus in ceramics and sculpture.  Pelletier received her MFA from Alfred University and her work has been featured in national and international exhibitions.
 

Film / Video

Amanda Bonaiuto is a recent finalist of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Film and Video grant.  Bonaiuto’s puppetry film works have been exhibited around the region and she’s participated in residency programs in Iceland and Czech Republic. 
Erik Levine is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a recipient of awards from the Jerome Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  He is a filmmaker and creates sculptural installations. 
Jeffrey Teitler is a Filmmaker and Associate Professor within the Dept. of Communication at Central Connecticut State University.  Teitler Focuses on Digital Film Production and Performance Studies and holds degrees from the Yale School of Drama and NYU’s Tisch. 

 

New Media / Digital Arts

Andrea Wollensak is a Professor of Art at Connecticut College and the Director of the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology.  Wollensak has presented papers and works at international conferences including CAA, Subtle Technologies, SIGGRAPH among others.
Stephanie Dvareckas is the Director at LaMontagne Gallery, the Founder/Project Manager at Bostonartguide.org and the Assistant Director at Boston Cyberarts.  Dvareckas holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Arts
Caleb Portfolio is a former Connecticut Artist Fellowship recipient and received his MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of the Art.  Portfolio is a Master Teaching Artist through the Neighborhood Studios program and has exhibited work throughout the region. 

 

Performance Art / Interactive Art

Rebecca Parker received her MFA from the University of Connecticut with a concentration in Performance/Installation.  She currently lives in Chicago and has performed her works in collaborative and interactive exhibitions extensively. 
Joseph Keckler is a singer, musician, writer and interdisciplinary artist.  Keckler received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts.

 

Sculpture / 3D Installation

Lee Boroson is a Senior Critic in the Sculpture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design.  Boroson has received numerous awards including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and Professional Development Grants from RISD. 
Quintin Rivera-Toro was born in Puerto Rico and received his M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design.  His recent awards include a German DAAD travel grant, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and a studies grant from the National Academy of Design.
Beth Galston is a sculptor who builds architectural-scale environments with installations exhibited nationally.  Galston has completed several permanent public art projects and was a recent recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship program.