Individual Artist Grant Awards Announced
Greene County Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the Columbia, Greene & Schoharie County recipients of Individual Artist regrant awards through the Community Arts Grants Fund Decentralization Program. The grants are competitive and represent the presentation of three $2,500 awards annually.
The Decentralization – Individual Artist Tier is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support for artists in the construction of new, original work. The awards are intended to engage the community through the artist’s creative process and promote personal artistic growth. This year’s proposals included choreography, literary, video, playwriting, and visual arts projects. There were several excellent candidates with imaginative ideas and high quality support materials, making the 2013 review a difficult process. After much deliberation, a panel of artists from Greene and Columbia County recommended Claudia McNulty of Climax in Greene County, Maria Kolodziej-Zincio of Hudson in Columbia County, and Michael Breitbach of Richmondville in Schoharie County as this year’s Individual Artist Grant recipients.
Claudia McNulty primarily works in paint and mixed media and has been represented in the Hudson Valley (Carrie Haddad Gallery; BRIK Gallery; SamuelDorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz; Athens Cultural Center) as well in juried shows in New York City, Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. The $2,500 Individual Artist award will enable her to develop a project entitled “Corn Porn” which will address what the artist describes as “the pervasive presence of genetically modified foods” through an interactive 3-dimensional installation. Public participation is critical to the project. Viewers will be encouraged to physically enter McNulty’s audio-enhanced sculptural space becoming, and recorded, as a temporary visual component of the work. “Corn Porn” will be portable and will travel to a number of local venues initiating questions and dialogue about the GMO controversy. Well within the genre of politically and environmentally motivated expression long embraced by this artist, this project also represents a fresh set of challenges. “Both sound and lighting would be major components in these environs . . . and would be my initial venture into creating a “space.” It is a simple beginning, but large for me,” McNulty said.