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The grant winners are (front row, from left) Derek Davidson, Rebecca Gummere, Beth Shuford, Carlie Eisenberg, Martha Enzmann, Stephen Shoemaker, (back row, from left) Jeri Allison, Tommy Lee McGhee, Shamba Wright, and Rachel Ballard Bigley.
The grant winners are (front row, from left) Derek Davidson, Rebecca Gummere, Beth Shuford, Carlie Eisenberg, Martha Enzmann, Stephen Shoemaker, (back row, from left) Jeri Allison, Tommy Lee McGhee, Shamba Wright, and Rachel Ballard Bigley.
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The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina is a partnership between the Arts Councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes Counties and the North Carolina Arts Council. Its goal is to provide support to a broad range of visual, performing, literary, and inter-disciplinary artists that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their careers.


Grants generally range from $200 to $1,000 and may be used by the artists for a variety of purposes, including the cost of presenting work for exhibits and/or auditions, training or tuition, travel, promotional materials, work facilities, equipment or the production of new work. This year there was $15,498 requested and $5,725 awarded.


Receiving grants this year are: Jeri Allison - Ashe County – startup costs for new portrait business; Rachel Ballard Bigley- Watauga County – test kiln to refine glaze surfaces; Derrick Davidson - Watauga County – travel cost for research for new play; Carley Eisenberg- Watauga County - purchase of blacksmithing equipment; Martha Enzmann - Ashe County - purchase supplies for sculpture installation; Rebecca Gummere - Watauga County – retreat expenses; Tommy Lee McGhee - Watauga County – expenses for solo exhibit; Stephen Shoemaker - Ashe County – materials and supplies for new work; Beth Shuford - Watauga County – glass firing kiln; Shambe Wright – Watauga County – material and supplies for new work.


A multi-disciplinary panel from the four county region judged applications in visual arts, music, film and literature. This grant is partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, in partnership with the Arts Councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties. For more information, call your local arts council or 336-846-ARTS.

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