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New Jersey State Council on The Arts Provides Monetary Awards To 18 Artists

originally published: 02/13/2018

New Jersey State Council on The Arts Provides Monetary Awards To 18 Artists

(TRENTON, NJ) -- On February 13, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts held its first public meeting of 2018 at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The unique facility is home to a growing number of active artist studios, exhibition spaces, arts organizations, and more, and served as the perfect backdrop for the Council's announcement of this year's Artist Fellowship awards.  Eighteen artists from New Jersey received monetary awards intended to help give them the ability to keep creating art. 

The recipients included:

Crafts - James Jansma (Hopewell); Won Ju Seo (Englewood Cliffs); Amy Wilson (Jersey City); and Kate Wilt (Spring Lake).

Photography - Adam Bell (Verona); Hagit Dror (Jersey City); Mark Ludak (Lambertville); Irena Pejovic (Cranford); Ira Wagner (Montclair); Tanesh Webber (Jersey City).

Playwriting - Deborah Brevoort (North Bergen); Rachel Diken (Maplewood); Joseph Gallo (Hoboken); Ben Marshall (Plainfield); John Pietrowski (Long Valley); Lia Romeo (Hoboken); Lesley Scammell (Montclair); Ruth Zamoyta (Millburn). 



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"Whether it's sculpture, poetry, or theater, New Jersey has long been a forerunner in the arts," said Acting Secretary of State Tahesha Way. "Our arts history is incredibly rich and its pages are thick with distinguished emissaries like William Carlos Williams and Alice Barber Stephens. I have full faith and confidence that our newest generations of artists, like those supported through this excellent program, will not disappoint."

"We are extremely proud of these artists and grateful for the chance help lift them up." said Council Chair Elizabeth Mattson. "The Fellowship program is designed to make it just a little easier for artists of all kinds to focus on their work; to contribute to communities, families and individuals in immeasurable ways."

The Individual Artist Fellowships are competitive awards to New Jersey artists in 12 rotating disciplines granted solely on independent peer panel assessment of work samples. The anonymous process is focused on artistic quality, and awards may be used to help artists produce new work and advance their careers. New Jersey artists applied for awards this year in the categories of crafts, photography and playwriting. This program is carried out in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and has been managed for many years by the Council's Director of Artists Services Don Ehman. Mr. Ehman is set to retire at the end of the month after 29 years of service with the State.

Having recently announced his own upcoming retirement, Nick Paleologos, outgoing Council Executive Director remarked, "There are a million things I'll miss about the Council and New Jersey's awesome arts community. But getting to know Don Ehman is at the top of that list. His love for the work we do, and his role in supporting New Jersey artists is obvious to anyone who spends more than a minute with him. No exaggeration. He's that smart, thoughtful, generous, and just plain fun kinda guy that any high performing organization would love to have on their team. We sure will miss him."

The Council also heard presentations by the event hosts and special guests, including Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, the International Sculpture Center, and Theresa Colvin - the new Executive Director of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.New Jersey State Council on The Arts Provides Monetary Awards To 18 Artists

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit www.artscouncil.nj.gov.  





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Event calendar
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018


MUSIC

THE GAY BLADES @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

HERMAN'S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE & THE BUCKINGHAMS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Nelson Riveros Trio: “The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery” @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Hawaiian Music and Hula @ 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, Ewing - 8:00pm

Pop 2000 Tour @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

THE MACHINE PERFORMS PINK FLOYD @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 8:00pm

THE FAB FAUX A HARD DAY'S NIGHT AND REVOLVER IN THEIR ENTIRETIES @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Swamp Boogie Trio @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm


DANCE

BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


KIDS

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 1:00pm and 7:00pm


LECTURE

Mainebiz Health Care Forum @ Mainebiz Health Care Forum, Newyork - 8:00pm

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