Grants awarded to area artists

NEW ULM — The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce that $14,000 in Artist Career Development Grants have been awarded to fourteen local artists at $1,000 each, announces Brenda Byron, PLRAC Executive Director. The purpose of the PLRAC/McKnight Artist Grant Program is to provide financial support to artists committed to advancing their work and careers. Artists expanding their present work, advancing in skill, technique and/or moving in a new direction are eligible. Applications are accepted from artists in all art disciplines including: dance, literature, music, theater, and visual art. This program is made possible by funds provided by the McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis under a program designed and administered by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, Waseca.

The artists

include:

Three Brown County artists were funded:

Geraldine Leavens, New Ulm. Geraldine is a visual artist and will use the artist grant to photograph animals at a local sanctuary and create fifteen pieces of art from the photos in watercolor, acrylic, or colored pencil. Grant funds will be used to purchase a new camera and for matting and framing. She plans to exhibit the new work at the Grand Center for Arts and Culture in New Ulm, June 2020.

Neil Neidt, Springfield. Neil is a visual artist and will use the artist grant to create eight to ten oil paintings, watercolor paintings, and digitally enhanced photos depicting land, sea, and sky based on images from both Southwest, Minnesota and Eastern South Carolina. Grant funds will be used to purchase brushes, paints, paper, canvas, stretchers and framing supplies. He plans to exhibit the new work at the Altermatt Gallery in Springfield or the Grand Center for Arts and Culture in New Ulm, in 2020.

Jason Schroeder, New Ulm. Jason is a musician and will use the artist grant to incorporate the mandolin into his written and recorded acoustic songs. Grant funds will be used to purchase a higher quality, hand crafted mandolin. Performances will be in New Ulm or Cambria in the summer and fall of 2019.

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