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Pilchuck receives NEA grant to support artist residencies in 2012

November 22, 2011

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. Pilchuck Glass School is one of the grantees and will receive $20,000 to fund artist residencies for emerging and established artists on its rural Washington State campus in 2012. The NEA’s 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Pilchuck’s artist residency program includes the John H. Hauberg Fellowship, summer artists in residence and emerging artists in residence, attracting accomplished artists and supporting talented mid-level and emerging glass and multi-media artists. The unique summer artist-in-residence program engages notable national and international artists and introduces them to the medium of glass, in turn increasing the number and diversity of professional artists using glass in their artistic practice. The NEA has supported Pilchuck programming since 1991.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

“Based in pursuing excellence and innovation, Pilchuck's residency programs are distinctive in promoting the use of glass as an artistic medium,” said Pilchuck Executive Director Jim Baker. “We are honored to receive continued support from the NEA in recognition of Pilchuck's role in facilitating the expansion of our national lexicon of contemporary art. With diminishing resources in our national and state governments, these kinds of awards are especially valued and now more important than ever.”

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.


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