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MSAC Announces Individual Artist Award Recipients: Fellowships awarded to 88 Maryland artists

MSAC Announces Individual Artist Award Recipients: Fellowships awarded to 88 Maryland artists


MSAC Announces Individual Artist Award Recipients: Fellowships awarded to 88 Maryland artists

March 03, 2015Press Release

MARCH 3, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announced today the 2015 recipients of MSAC’s Individual Artist Awards (IAA). These awards recognize the exceptional artistic achievement by a group of talented and creative artists from across the state. A celebration to honor Maryland’s 2015 Individual Artist awardees will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015, at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

MSAC, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, recognizes that artists are at the core of a thriving creative sector, a sector that contributes greatly to the overall vitality of our state.

Selected from more than 400 applicants, this year’s recipients created work of exceptional quality within a range of performing, literary and visual art forms. Recipients receive grants for $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000 to honor their achievement and to support further advancement of their career.

This year’s awards, totaling $230,000, go to 88 artists working within the disciplines of Crafts, Photography, Non-Classical Music Composition, Non-Classical Music Solo Performance, and Playwriting. Maryland artists are at the heart of the creative sector. Recognition from MSAC helps validate artists and their work. Communities value artists for the vitality and economic impact they bring and for the strong arts and cultural traditions that thrive throughout the state.

Selected submissions by award recipients are available at 2015 IAA Recipient’s list is attached here, information on the artists' home county and artistic discipline are provided. The MSAC’s competitive Individual Artists Award is a program administered in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. In determining the awards, an out-of-state jury reviews IAA submissions and recommends grant awards solely on the basis of artistic merit.

The IAA Program reviews work across a total of 18 artistic disciplines, which are separated into three competition groups that are awarded once every three years. The 2016 Individual Artist Award application period opens in May, with a deadline of late July. Eligible categories include: Fiction, Media/Digital/Electronic Arts, Works on Paper, Painting, and Theater: Solo Performance.

About the Maryland State Arts Council

The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. The latest economic impact report shows that MSAC grantees’ activities support more than 12,000 jobs and generate $1 billion in total economic activity and $45 million in state and local taxes. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council call (410) 767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258, or visit the MSAC web site at

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