93 MARYLAND ARTISTS RECEIVE INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AWARDS
BALTIMORE, MD (January 31, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that 93 Maryland artists have been selected to receive Individual Artist Awards totaling $246,000 from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce. Pictured: "One and the Other" by Christian BenefielFebruary 01, 2011Press Release
“The Individual Artist Awards program recognizes the talent and hard work of the State’s many individual artists and the vital role that they play in making our communities a better place to live and work,” said Governor O’Malley. “Investing in the arts helps grow Maryland’s economy, increase our job base and enhance the quality of life for all Maryland citizens.”
Artists competed for $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000 awards in the following eight categories: Choreography, Classical Music Composition, Classical Music Solo Performance, Poetry, Sculpture, Solo Dance Performance, World Music Composition and World Music Solo Performance.
Out-of-state juries representing each artistic discipline reviewed a total of 407 applications anonymously before awarding the individual grants, which were determined solely on the basis of artistic merit. Artistic categories alternate each year.
Applications for 2012 will be available in June at www.msac.org. Categories for 2012 are Crafts, Non-Classical Music Composition, Non-Classical Music Solo Performance, Photography and Playwriting. 2013 Categories include Fiction, Media/Digital/Electronic Arts, Painting, Solo Theater Performance and Works on Paper.
The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council visit the MSAC web site at www.msac.org or call (410) 767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258.