The prestigious Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts recognize artists in a variety of disciplines for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work.

Award Winners XIV Exhibition Opening Reception and Artist Award Presentation

Saturday, September 20, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm
The Biggs Museum of American Art
FREE, all ages

Meet the artists and enjoy readings by Literary Fellows and performances by Dance and Music Fellows.

The exhibition runs August 1 - October 26, 2014.

Masters



Carson Zullinger

Carson Zullinger
Visual Arts: Photography
"The subconscious is not rational. Yet there is a common theme of transcendence and spirituality that threads throughout the vision that I interpret."

Established Professionals



Viet Dinh

Viet Dinh
Literature: Creative Nonfiction
"Structure is like a frame for a picture, and depending how you put the frame or the matte, it can change what the perspective of the picture is."


Nancy Josephson

Nancy Josephson
Visual Arts: Craft
"Why would you waste your precious time doing something only because somebody else would like it?"


Gabriel Jules

Gabriel Jules
Visual Arts: Work on Paper
"I realize that many artists make stylistic shifts during their lifetimes,but they generally do so one incarnation at a time. I, on the other hand, am captivated by different things on a daily basis."


T.S. Kist


T.S. Kist
Visual Arts: Painting
"Painting will always be at the core of my artwork. I don’t ever see myself completely disconnecting from painting, but at this point I’m really interested in exploring new material – primarily, getting off of the 2-D surface."


Mary-Margaret Pauer

Mary-Margaret Pauer
Literature: Fiction
"It struck me that the pressure of the war was felt everywhere, but nobody – and I mean nobody – writes about the non-military women."


B. Proud

B. Proud
Visual Arts: Photography
"It was an incredible day [the day she photographed Edie Windsor]. I worked really hard to get it to happen. I was turned down by a perimeter of people around her for a long time until I got directly to her and was able to convince her."


Butch Zito

Butch Zito
Folk Art: Music
"If my songs ever do anything for me, I’m on board. If they don’t, I’m having fun getting there. I really have no complaints."

Emerging Artists



Zachary Adams

Zachary Adams
Visual Arts: Sculpture
"In my eyes, everything is not always as it first appears. A bird collecting worms becomes more than just that; it evokes form, mass, line, rhythm, a dinosaur, a hood ornament."


Thomas Delporte

Thomas Del Porte
Visual Arts: Painting
"My paintings are made with thousands of little jeweled, thorn-like curls, each stroke acting as an individual painting."


Maribeth Fischer

Maribeth Fischer
Literature: Creative Nonfiction
"The collection will examine grief and its role for the writer, the awful and complicated process of using suffering in the creation of art."


Dennis Lawson

Dennis Lawson
Literature: Fiction
"I was trying to write it so that I had this audience of one, and I wanted her to like this story. It really helped me start to develop the idea of writing stuff that engages the reader."


Guy Miller, Jr.

Guy Miller, Jr.
Visual Arts: Work on Paper
"This collection has truly served as an explanatory process, as I delved into uncharted areas and left my comfort zone in terms of subject matter."


Jane Miller

Jane Miller
Literature: Poetry
"Wanting to be fierce is a risk. You’re going to offend somebody if you do that. And that’s what you have to be willing to take if you’re going to deal with subjects that have real emotive power."


Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith
Music: Solo Recital
"I have only played classical. I think it’s now that I’m out of school, I’m starting to get interested in other areas, particularly jazz."


Leon Syfrit

Leon Syfrit
Visual Arts: Photography
"Painting and photography are very similar. I come from a background of painting. I think my interest in painting is something I try to evoke in my imagery."


Michele Xiques

Michele Xiques
Dance: Choreography
"I love being able to share my knowledge and experiences with kids. If it wasn’t for my teacher, I wouldn’t be here. And I wanted to pass that same thing on to somebody else."


Each year, approximately 10 to 15 artists are awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from a pool of approximately 125 applicants. The work samples of each artist are judged by nationally recognized arts professionals from outside Delaware.

The highest honor—the Masters Fellow—is reserved for those who meet the rigorous criteria. Only one Masters Fellow can be awarded each year, and the discipline category alternates among Literature, Visual Arts, and Music. Masters Fellowship applicants must have been previous recipients of a fellowship at the Established level and, in addition to exhibiting the highest standards in their work, must also demonstrate involvement and commitment to the arts in Delaware.

The awards—$3,000 for Emerging Artists, $6,000 for Established Professionals, and $10,000 for Masters—allow artists to pursue advanced training, purchase equipment and materials, or fulfill other needs that will help advance their careers. During the course of the fellowship year, recipients showcase their work in an exhibit or performance, giving the public an opportunity to appreciate the talents of these exceptional artists.

For more details about the Individual Artist Fellowship program, download a copy of the most recent Artist Fellowship guidelines.

To view previous Artist Fellows, visit: 2013 Fellowship Recipients | 2012 Fellowship Recipients | 2011 Fellowship Recipients | 2010 Fellowship Recipients | 2009 Fellowship Recipients