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Awarded National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge America Grant

DATE:   December 27, 2016

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Fisterra Projects to Receive $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Austin, Texas—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Fisterra Projects for the “XYZ Atlas: the Experience Map of Bryan & College Station.” The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Fisterra Projects, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

“One of the biggest surprises of the XYZ Atlas is how well it fits all ages, all types of people, outside of socio-economic buy cialis 20 mg status. I am honored to have the opportunity to take the project to the diverse communities of Bryan and College Station. Through the support of the NEA Challenge America grant, we are able to hone this tool for community engagement. All people have a story in how we come to call a place ‘home’ and how we share that place,” said Jennifer Chenoweth, Artist.

The Fisterra Projects NEA Challenge America award supports the creation of a multimedia, interactive, community-based public art project in Bryan and College Station, Texas. A collaboration with Texas A&M University’s Department of Architecture’s Diversity Council, the project will geo-locate the community’s emotions and memories about the surrounding area. Participants will answer survey questions that correspond to strong emotional experiences in specific neighborhood areas. This data will be turned into maps and artworks that reveal a sense of belonging and attachment to the area. The communities to be reached are those that are underserved and at-risk, including areas in poverty and social fragmentation.


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Eastside Magazine – EAST picks 2016

Eastside Magazine:

EAST is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning across two weekends in November. Through collaboration with the community, it provides opportunities for the public to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who drive Austin’s vibrant creative culture. Be sure to visit the 15 artists who have been participating since the beginning.

 Come join Kincannon Studios (as Archaic) as they celebrate the sculpting of BLACKBIRD, in the spirit of “Please Touch the Art Movement.” Commissioned by the City of Austin Art in Public Places, this large-scale artwork will nestle into Republic Square Park. Meet the artists, excavate a song, and savor the delights available.
Nov. 12, 2-9pm
2601 E. 5th St.

chenoweth_jennifer_12 Fisterra Studio by Jennifer Chenoweth is “Ready for Now,” the theme of Fisterra Studio and guest artists’ work. Fisterra invites you to enjoy their community art party with an open house and studio, sculpture, drawing, painting and contemporary media.
1200 E. 2nd St.

ryah_c_1Ryah Christensen is capturing movement, subtlety in depth of paint while working with the solid, durable materials of glass, stone, and porcelain tile. Her work strives to wear its labor plainly and to pay homage to the individual’s humble place as one thread woven into life’s tapestry.
1180 Pandora St.

Susan Wallace’s studio is again open for EAST.  Large scale commissions and stellar grillwork for residential clients has kept her out of the limelight. In celebration of her return, there will be prototypes and sample grillwork for sale. 2012 E. 16th St.

hawkeye_1-1Hawkeye Glenn is making some metal, wood and stone lures. Kind of like fishing lures… but sculptures, kind of like religious… but serious, kind of funny… but art.
405 Springdale Rd.

sun_m_1Sun McColgin’s current series of sculptures are a metaphor for the fragility of what is often taken for granted as being indestructible. Much like a single drop of water can find its way into a crevice of rock and freeze–slowly the crack grows until the rock explodes and shears away. He’s attempting to recreate atlantic pharmacy long beach ca this process: to celebrate the passage of time and lost memories and the promise and beauty of what will be shaped by the unseen forces of the future.
5305 Bolm Rd.

ahp_east_ionabooks22Mychal Mitchell’s studio, Iona Handcrafted Books, will be the best smelling one on the tour guaranteed.  They’ve got old bookcases full of gorgeous leather journals and albums. This is where the magic happens y’all!
701 TillerySt. 

brian_david_johnson_1Brian David Johnson has been exploring wood craft since opening his own studio in 2002 at the Splinter Group Cooperative. In February of this year, he moved down the street establishing Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery. In addition to handmade wood decor offerings, BDJ Craft Works will be showing new sculpture and wall pieces.
3411 E. 5th St.

phillipe_k9/10 Visit Philippe Klinefelter and Sunyong Chung (Ginko Studios) space where they live and create beautiful art. Philippe primarily creates large-scale sculptures in wood, metal and stone. Sunyong works mostly with colored porcelain to produce table wares, tiles and sculptures.
800 Gullett St.

11 Jana Swec (as part of Sodalitas): explore the paintings that keep her mind fresh and her body dirty.
5305 Bolm Rd. 

billy_b_112 Barry George has been creating found object art from his studio since 1987 using welding and forging techniques. Often his work is created for the yard or garden but some works are fine rusty yard art.
204 Attayac St. 

13 Leona Gallery (formally Obsolete Industries) is curated by Billy Bishop, Lydia Emily, Josef Kristofoletti, and Tim Kerr, all striving to bring new and innovative works of art to Austin. Allow the gallery to inspire you to make and enjoy art.
1700 E. 12th St. 

mark_macek_114 Macek Furniture Company is the design and custom fabrication workshop of Mark Macek. Each piece has been made individually, with particular care given to the materials and fabrication processes. Most projects are one-of-a-kind commissions.
405 Springdale Rd.

ryan_mckerley_215 Ryan McKerley creates porcelain pottery, using a technique called water carving. He looks to mass-produced glass, metal and plastic for inspiration just as much as to contemporary and historic pottery.
2710 E. Cesar Chavez

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Awarded Mid-America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovations Grant

July 14, 2016

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact Beth Maggard at or 816-800-0924.

Mid-America Arts Alliance Awards New Artistic Innovations Grants, Totaling More Than $230,000

(Kansas City, MO) Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), a regional arts organization, has selected its next recipients for its esteemed Artistic Innovations Grants, awarding up to $15,000 to individual artists and arts organizations throughout M-AAA’s region. In total, more than $230,000 has been awarded to seventeen grant recipients for the creation of new, original artworks that result in public engagement. With generous support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, grants of up to $15,000 are distributed after review and selection by a panel of artists and arts professionals.

Mary Kennedy, CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance, said, “We are committed to fostering creativity and to providing the direct support that artists need to flourish. We are delighted to announce that through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Windgate Charitable Foundation, we are fueling some of the best creative endeavors in the region.”

Dallas Black Dance Theatre ($15,000) – Dallas, TX

Post Modern Jukebox is a new dance work from one of the group’s senior dancers, Sean J. Smith, to be presented during the 40th anniversary season of the company. The dance investigates and sensationalizes the traditional stereotypes of men and women in relationships throughout various decades of the twentieth century. Opening with the barbershop classic “Hello My Baby,” the section features male dancers in the throes of desperation. For a complete contrast, the female dancers take the stage for the second section in a slow classic jazz standard, “Tea for Two,” sung by Eydie Gorme. From there, the back and forth continues.

Oklahoma City Ballet ($15,000) – Oklahoma City, OK
Our Private Rooms is a new contemporary ballet by Artistic Director Robert Mills. The piece will utilize eight dancers performing in flat shoes, exploring two different types of personas that relationships portray. One is for the public eye, and one is revealed behind closed doors. The outreach program will tie into this performance the organization’s BalletReach program. BalletReach provides ballet training to students at underserved public schools in the Oklahoma City and Ada areas.

St. Louis ArtWorks ($15,000) – St. Louis, MO
This Is How We Roll: Stepping Off the Tracks
is a collaboration between St. Louis ArtWorks and MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) to create, choreograph, and perform at least three pop-up performances near the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus, the Regional Arts Commission, and an area near Loop East Delmar Boulevard that St. Louis ArtWorks now calls home. With teaching artists identified by Stacy West, MADCO’s executive and artistic director, ArtWorks apprentices aged 14–19 will perform, bringing awareness to the economic divide that Delmar represents in the St. Louis region through transportation, specifically public transportation, bridging and dividing communities.

Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc. ($15,000) – Tulsa, OK
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
offers a unique experience for choreographers and dancers alike, featuring new works by budding choreographers from within Tulsa Ballet’s main company. All works are set with the dancers of Tulsa Ballet II.

Timothy DePaepe ($15,000) – Kansas City, MO

AB refers to the moniker of the little known Missouri-born painter and poet Albert Bloch (1882–1961). This is the first documentary film about the lone American of the revolutionary art movement Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Riders) that originated in Germany (1911–14). The film project is moving into its final phase of production and post-production. Screenings of the final cut will take place in March 2017, before implementing a strategic film festival submission process.

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Inc. ($15,000) – Tulsa, OK

Muskogee Song Cycle is the creation of a new work by Chickasaw Nation composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate. The work will be written for children’s choir and orchestra. The premiere performance will take place during the 2017 OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville and will feature a children’s choir, including youth of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, singing hymns in the original Creek language. Community engagement workshops and presentations will be held at a variety of educational and cultural institutions in the weeks leading up to the premiere.

Conway Symphony Orchestra ($7,900) – Conway, AR

The Halloween Tree
Conway Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is requesting $7,900 to cover commission fees, artist fees, space rental, outreach, and other activities for three shadow puppet and orchestral music performances of Ray Bradbury’s novel, The Halloween Tree. Through live music, spoken word, and puppetry, this experimental production follows a group of four children on a journey along the border between life and death as they seek to find and save their dying friend Pipkin on Halloween night.

TheatreSquared ($15,000) – Fayetteville, AR
2017 Arkansas New Play Festival
Engaging more than thirty local and regional professional theatre artists, the 2017 Arkansas New Play Festival is the state’s only dedicated professional laboratory for the development of new plays. TheatreSquared (T2) presents two full weekends of performances both in Fayetteville and in Little Rock, including four staged readings and a fully produced premiere. In addition to work by professional playwrights, T2 produces a showcase of ten-minute plays written by high school students from across Arkansas.

Tricycle Theatre for Youth ($15,000) – Bentonville, AR
Adelita Rodeo: A Cinderella Story
Tricycle Theatre for Youth (Trike Theatre) will create a new, original bilingual play, Adelita Rodeo: A Cinderella Story (Adelita). Key to its Spanish language and culturally nuanced development is the partnership with Al Lopez (better known as Papa Rap) and his organization One Community, a local non- profit dedicated to bringing communities together. The project will culminate in ten performances and pre- and post-show workshops with first through third grade students and their families in five Northwestern Arkansas schools (Bayyari and Sonora in Springdale; Eastside Elementary and Arkansas Arts Academy in Rogers; and Apple Glen Elementary in Bentonville). In 2017–18, Adelita will be fully produced in Walton Art Center’s Colgate Classroom series.

337 Project on behalf of Sandhills Institute atlantic meds (,500) – Omaha, NE

Blowout Residency, Workshops, and Exhibition is a continuation of the socially engaged artistic research commenced by artist TJ Edwards with the support of the Sandhills Institute in the summer of 2015 surrounding the issue of blowouts in the Sandhills. Blowouts—depressions in sand dunes caused by destabilized root systems and wind—are a problem for ranchers, who lose valuable grazing area as a result of this natural action. Many ranchers will attempt to arrest the erosion by dumping tires and other junk into the blowouts, simply to hold the sandy soils down. Edwards proposes to work with local ranchers and range management scientists to examine blowout remediation through art interventions, both as an aesthetic undertaking and as a pragmatic alternative to tire dumping for ranchers looking to prevent blowout expansion.

Amarillo Art Center Association, known as Amarillo Museum of Art ($15,000) – Amarillo, TX
Plexus: A Gabriel Dawe Installation
Growing up as a boy in Mexico, Gabriel Dawe was forbidden to explore the artistic elements of textiles and embroidery, a discipline thought to be reserved only for women. Nevertheless, the color and intensity of his culture began appearing in his artwork. Now based in Dallas, Dawe is enjoying a career of creating mind-bending thread installations that comprise a series of works titled Plexus. Dawe will install his site-specific work at the Amarillo Museum of Art and speak about his work at the opening of the exhibition.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston ($14,000) – Houston, TX
Teen Council Exhibition is a teen-focused program led by Jamal Cyrus, Teen Council coordinator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH). The Teen Council, a group of 12–15 motivated teenagers employed by CAMH, create programming for their peers. In addition to their regular meetings, studio and gallery visits, discussions with individuals in the arts industry, and hands-on programming, every two years Teen Council organizes an exhibition in the museum’s Zilkha Gallery that premieres the original artwork of Houston-area teens. The next exhibition is on view from February 3–April 30, 2017.

DiverseWorks ($15,000) – Houston, TX
House of Wahalaa
The artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji has been commissioned to create and present a live collaborative performance. Ogunji, a Nigerian-born visual and performance artist based in Austin, TX, is best known for works that use her own body to explore movement and mark-making across water, land, and air. This is the second Artistic Innovations Grant for DiverseWorks.

Fisterra Projects ($15,000) – Austin, TX
The XYZ Atlas: The Experience Map of Bryan/College Station
The XYZ Atlas is Texas artist Jennifer Chenoweth’s way of mapping emotional experiences that create meaning in people’s lives. Project participants share the most powerful emotional events—their highest highs and their lowest lows—experienced in the city. The responses are collated and condensed into data points that convey critical pieces of information: the GIS coordinates that map the precise locations where these extreme emotions were experienced (X and Y axis), and the “height” or the magnitude of the felt emotions, with “up” representing a positive experience and “down” for a negative experience (Z axis). At the invitation of Texas A&M University, she has created gallery talks, an exhibition, and a mapping event to bring the project to the Texas cities of Bryan and College Station to explore the historical relationship between the two abutting cities. The project aims to show how experiences can be literally mapped onto the landscape, not just into our hearts.

Calder Kamin ($5,500) – Austin, TX
Calder Kamin: A Call to Action at Women & Their Work
This exhibition, Calder Kamin: A Call To Action, is the artist’s largest and most ambitious solo endeavor to date. The exhibition includes all new works in multiple mediums across the 1,800-square-foot space of Women & Their Work in Austin, Texas, September–November 2016. Thematically focused on climate change, synthetic materials in the environment, and how we can be better stewards of the earth and its animals, Kamin will present and collect content for this exhibition during the SXSW Interactive, Darwin Day at Texas A&M, National Citizen Science Day, and the 45 Fest at Cunningham Elementary.

Tara S. O’Nay ($11,000) – St. Louis, MO
Dysfunctionalware: White Privilege Dinner Dialogues is an innovative mass-collaboration that partners with local organizations, groups, and businesses to instigate real conversation about race and privilege by welcoming local people to the table, literally. The project involves a set of handmade fine china, used as a symbol to represent racial privilege. This fine china, used to spur conversations on local racial inequities in the St. Louis area, is called Dysfunctionalware. The physical artwork serves as a reminder of the disruption often caused when members of white families attempt to discuss racial issues and privilege at the dinner table. Twenty local artists will be commissioned to create one to two black-and- white illustrations each, in their own aesthetics, to be reproduced on the handmade dishware and used during dinners hosted by various organizations throughout the St. Louis metro area.

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts ($15,000) – Lubbock, TX
Los Latinos de Tejas is a dynamic group of exhibitions organized to mark the Underwood Center for the Arts’ 20th anniversary year. Featuring Latino artists from Texas, these exhibitions will include a variety of art media and stylistic approaches and will be co-curated by Linda Cullum, curator at Underwood Center for the Arts, and Tina Fuentes, artist and professor at Texas Tech University.

About Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. We achieve this primarily through our national traveling exhibition programs, innovative leadership development, and strategic grant making. We are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services. Each year M-AAA’s programs reach more than one million people. We believe in more art for more people. Additional information about M-AAA is available at



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Awarded Wilkinsburg PA Public Art Project



Contact: Presley L. Gillespie

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Pittsburgh, PA July 6, 2016: Neighborhood Allies and the Office of Public Art are pleased to announce the community based organizations and artists who have been selected to participate in their Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Program. The program, designed to jumpstart art and cultural projects that have the potential to revitalize neighborhoods, has brought together community organizations and artists to work in concert with local residents to develop a temporary work of public art in six communities in Pittsburgh and first-ring suburbs. The artworks will be located in each of Neighborhood Allies’ target neighborhoods including the Hill District, Homewood, Larimer, Millvale, Wilkinsburg, and the Southern Hilltops.

The community organizations were selected through a Request for Proposal process, and the artists were chosen by selection committees, made up of members from each of the community organizations through a Request for Qualifications process, which attracted not only local Pittsburgh artists, but also artists from across the country. The teams are:

“This process has paired community organizations and artists who are excited to genuinely collaborate to create positive change in a community, says Presley Gillespie, Neighborhood Allies President, “Together, these buy tramadol online without a prescription teams will be developing temporary public art projects and engaging residents to celebrate and enjoy their community.  This process is designed to inspire future placemaking projects in these neighborhoods. We hope to inject new creative energy, and we’re excited to see the full impact that this project will have in our communities.”

This August, the artists and organizations will begin the process of developing a proposal for the design and implementation of a temporary public art project that will be a catalyst to do one or more of the following: animate public and private spaces; rejuvenate structures and streetscapes; support local businesses; enhance public safety; and invite people of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds together to build relationships and develop a shared commitment to transforming a space through sincere collaboration.  Artists are expected to have conceptual designs to be reviewed in each community in by November.  Each team will participate in monthly Placemaking Academy meetings, where they will learn about best practices in placemaking and public art and serve as sounding boards and resources for the projects as they develop.

This program is generously funded by Hillman Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

About Neighborhood Allies

Our mission is to support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining thriving neighborhoods. Our vision is a Pittsburgh with healthy neighborhoods that are thriving, resilient and livable for all. For more information, visit 

About the Office of Public Art

The Office of Public Art raises awareness of and builds capacity for public art in the Pittsburgh region through technical assistance and educational programs. Founded in 2005, they are a public private partnership of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning.  For more information, visit

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Philadelphia Style: “11 Innovative Artists Who Are Redefining the…

Jennifer Chenoweth’s XYZ Atlas was recently featured in Philadelphia Style’s list of the “best, the boldest, and the buzziest” artists from 11 cities across the US.

“This spring, artist Jennifer Chenoweth unveiled the final installment in her collaborative multimedia project XYZ Atlas, which employs art, technology, and psychology to illustrate how Austinites feel about places around their city. Over a three-year period, 500 people responded to her surveys, which asked questions like “Where did you fall in love?” and “Where did you have your buy cialis canada worst night?” Inspired by Robert Plutchik’s color wheel of emotions (lemon yellow for joy, dark green for terror, and so on) and using geospatial information systems technology, Chenoweth created The Hedonic Map of Austin, which depicts where residents have felt their highs and lows. The happiest point is a lemon-yellow peak right over Barton Springs and Zilker Park, the urban oasis in this outdoors-obsessed city.”

Read the full list at Philadelphia Style.

TWC News: “Initiative Underway to Improve Life in East…

Time Warner Cable news recently highlighted Fisterra Studio’s collaborative project Drawing Lines in a video news segment.

“Art is in Jennifer Chenoweth’s blood. The visual artist is working on a project that maps people’s experiences throughout Austin. A project she says is just as special is called “Drawing tramadol without a prescription Lines.” “What we wanted to talk about was how creativity is so much a part of what Austin is, and to use it to talk about social and political change in Austin,” said Chenoweth.”

Watch the video at Time Warner News. 

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“Can’t-Miss Stop #3: Fisterra Studio

Jennifer Chenoweth works in painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media, but she’s also renowned as a connector and community builder among Austin’s artist community. Perhaps no one else does E.A.S.T. with such enthusiasm and panache. Every year, Chenoweth invites guest artists—eight this season—to set up exhibit space in her home, while she shows her work in her studio and offers up homemade posole, kegs of beer, and other tramadol online next day delivery refreshments to visitors. “I don’t curate the art; it’s more the artist,” she says. “It’s much less intimidating than an art gallery for most people. It’s incredibly informal because it’s like a big, free community house party.” Among her guest artists this year are documentary filmmaker Aaron Weiss, performance artist Katelena Hernandez Cowles, painter Jason Webb, and sculptor-collagist Calder Kamin. “Diversity is what makes life interesting,” Chenoweth says. 1200 E. 2nd St., 512-482-0747″