The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) will present the annual Fellowship Awards for 2013 on Friday, November, 8 at 5 p.m. at artspace. The Fellowship Awards recognize exceptional work by artists across a wide range of disciplines.
SRAC promotes the Arts and Artists through education, participation and development. Revering the Arts as an essential part of life in Shreveport, SRAC takes responsibility for supporting and encouraging the Artists in the city and throughout the region. Fellowship Awards are funded by the City of Shreveport and the applicants are juried by esteemed art jurors from various art disciplines.
Artists could apply for a Fellowship in the following disciplines:
Dance: Performance or Choreography
Literature: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Music: Vocal Performing, Instrumental Performance
Theatre: Playwriting, Acting, Directing, Spoken Word
Visual Arts: Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture
Multi-Discipline: Any combination of the above disciplines.
Jurors reviewed the Artists' applications and portfolio of work from the Northwest Louisiana Artists' Directory (www.shrevearts.org/artists/). Applicants were judged based on their professional experience in their fields, showing a serious career commitment and some degree of peer acceptance either as emerging artists of outstanding promise or as established artists with a body of work.
For the 2013 cycle, 37 applicants applied to receive a portion of the allocated $8000 monetary prize. Artists are encouraged to use toward the advancement of their artistry.
Fellowship Awards assists Artists in exploring, creating and experimenting in their area of expertise. Fellowship Awards also allow Artists to take advantage of opportunities and work on and explore new mediums. Helping Artists to flourish and grow will only enhance our community while bringing new ideas and a positive energy to peoples lives.
"The City of Shreveport takes great pride in recognizing the outstanding artists living here and cultivating their creative talent right here in our community,'' Mayor Cedric Glover said. "I know they don't do this for the recognition but rather for the love of their respective crafts. Still, I applaud this effort because our artists deserve to have time set aside so we all can praise the work that they do.''
Since 1995, SRAC has presented Fellowship Awards to 68 area artists. Although a few Fellowship Recipients are no longer with us, the remaining Fellowship recipients are thriving artists and supporters of the Arts.
Because of the support the recipients have received and shown for the Arts, they have become the Shreveport Regional Arts Council Fellowship Alumni. Costas Dafnis, the 2012 Fellowship Award recipient for music, will perform during the presentation at the 2013 Fellowship Award ceremony.