Eight Area Artists Receive CMAB/McKnight Individual Artist Awards
The $5,000 Established Artist Award is designed for artists with a history of exhibition, performances, publications, or other notable contributions to their local arts community through personal creative output. The $3,000 Emerging Artist Awards recognize and encourage outstanding artists in various stages of their careers.
Established Artists Award recipient:
Emerging Artist Award recipients:
Artists are invited to apply for this award once each year in February. A panel of six arts professionals review and score each application individually. Applications with the highest average score are recommended to the CMAB Directors for awards. At their March 11, 2015 board meeting, the CMAB Directors accepted the review panel’s recommendations.
The 2015 Artist Panel volunteered an average of 15 hours evaluating applications. Those volunteers included:
Al Hams, CMAB Director, BA Theater/Speech, English Literature, St. Cloud State University; US Veteran; Founder of Al's Music; author; served on the following Board of Directors, Downtown Kiwanis Club, County Stearns Theatrical Compnay, Minnesota Orchestra of Saint Benedict; David Swenson Foundation, and Central MN Arts Board.
Steven Lemke, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Saint John's University; Program Manager at The Saint John's Pottery; coordinates The Saint John's Pottery and Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program.
Jennifer Penzkover, Coordinator for the St. Cloud Arts Commission, an arts and culture policy board for the City of St. Cloud; served as a grant panelist for the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation; finalized work on the St. Cloud Placemaking Plan and Design Manual for the City of St. Cloud; graduated Summa Cum Laude (BFA Art History, BA Historic Preservation) from St. Cloud State University in 1995.
Peter Velkjovich, Photographer; writer; served on arts committees in Littleton Colorado; KVSC DJ and music enthusiast; Former CMAB director. Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music
Sharon Tracey, Coon Rapids High School Humanities and English Teacher, retired; Elk River Area Arts Alliance, director, retired; Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board Member, retired; Buffalo High School Arts Magnet instructor, retired; Review Panelist for the Minnesota State Arts Board; Former CMAB director.
The Central Minnesota Arts Board supports collaborative and innovative arts opportunities through partnerships and financial investments in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties as one of eleven Regional Arts Councils designated by the Minnesota State Arts Board. We work with community partners to increase access to the unique cultural assets of Minnesota.
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