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Fiscal Year 2010 Individual Artist Program Grantees

The IAC received 209 applications for the FY2010 Individual Artist Program and awarded 31 grants.


Lesley Baker
County: Marion
Lesley will use a computerized stencil cutter and supporting materials to produce a body of work using digitally cut thin porcelain slabs. The equipment will allow for a more intricate and finely detailed of working with clay.

R. Thomas Tedrowe, Jr.
County: Brown
Tom Tedrowe will purchase welding equipment to expand his artistic repertoire to include outdoor metal and wood outdoor sculpture.


Roberta Wong
County: Marion
Project was travel and research of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, to provide continuing education to the artist and disseminate knowledge to Indiana-area dancers and community.

Design Arts

Dennis Y. Ichiyama
County: Tippecanoe
The proposed project is a "Typographic celebration in print, type, and color". Using primarily handmade and hand printed images, the grant proposal also celebrates the making of art using fundamental processes.

Folklife/Traditional Arts

Iuri Hart Santos
County: Brown
Iuri will produce a seres of videos to help him promote and educate people about the little known art form of Capoeira Angola. He will also create a tri-fold brochure and do several public performance to share this unique Afro-Brazilian cultural art with the people of Indiana.


Elizabeth Marie Dalton
County: Randolph
Elizabeth Marie Dalton's project is a nonfiction work titled _Burying Molly_, a collection of essays about her sister who died at thirty, and the influence she continues to have on her life. The project scope includes drafting six to eight essays and attending a writing conference for memoir writing instruction.

Sue Swartz
County: Monroe
Is work a deadening of the spirit, a transference of energy, a means to an end, or something else entirely? Sue Swartz will explore these questions through interviews about work and jobs with Bloomington-area residents - and transform what she finds into a chapbook-length series of poem-stories.

Shari Wagner
County: Hamilton
This grant provides the support needed to revise a manuscript of poems that explore Indiana places--their diversity, beauty, history, and personal, as well as, mythological significance.  Each poem is a pilgrimage to some sacred place and a journey through metaphor toward revelation.

Media Arts

Jane Owen
County: Warrick
"Boom Squad:  A Beat in the Streets" is a 28-minute documentary about a community arts-based program for at-risk youth in urban Evansville, Indiana.  Through participation in a performing drum line, these students learn discipline, respect, and gain direction toward a positive and successful future.


Cary John Boyce
County: Monroe
Veni Veni Emmanuel (A Christmas Prayer) is a music video with tenor solo and triple chorus. The music weaves fragments of the ancient Advent hymn together with a poem by a WWI soldier while images explore conflicts through the ages--a paradox between the joy of the season and the anguish of war.


Keith Kothman
County: Delaware
The Coast of Nowhere" will be a live performance digital audio work based on field recordings and spoken text, depicting the writing of author Michael Delp and the environment around Green Lake in Interlochen, Michigan.

Thomas Walsh
County: Monroe
Intersections is a compact disc recording by saxophonist Thomas Walsh featuring classical repertoire that is influenced by other styles of music (jazz, Sufi music, and Japanese shakuhachi music). Walsh is joined by pianist Luke Gillespie and the Indiana Saxophone Quartet.


Erin Beach
County: Monroe
Mia Beach will use the grant money to purchase a printer for her photography studio. The printer will enable her to finish her series "Departures," as well send samples of her work to various galleries and print photographs for exhibitions and clients. 

Karen Geswein
County: Kosciusko
The grant awarded by the IAC will help Karen Geswein to develop a new portfolio. A key component to her project is a new direction of study. She will do a nine month study of the environmental portrait, resulting in a fresh body work to inspire and aid in the instruction of her students.

Jeremy Hogan
County: Monroe
Jeremy Hogan, a photographer and the son of a Vietnam Veteran, will make a series of photographic portraits depicting Vietnam Veterans of the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry which is the unit his father served with from 1969-1971.

Alan Virgil McConnell
County: Carroll
The grant for the Individual Artists Program from the Indiana Arts Commission, will allow Alan Virgil McConnell to attend an intensive weeklong workshop at the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport, Maine.  The specific workshop he will participate in is called Introduction to the View Camera.

Mr. Tyagan Miller
County: Monroe
This grant will be used for a master workshop in large format photography. A documentary photo essay on the Amish of Daviess County will follow.

Susanna Marie Tanner
County: Wayne
Susanna will be attending a workshop in Santa Fe, NM to work on defining her photographic abilities more stylistically. She is primarily interested in places and people. Her current style is a mix of photojournalism and casual posed shots, incorporating motion, available light, simplicity and depth.

Erin Harper Vernon 
County: Marion
Erin Harper Vernon will use this grant to attend a photography workshop at the Maine Media Workshop studios.

Anita Kay Westhues
County: Elkhart
Kay Westhues will create a body of work about peoples' relationship to water, which will include both photographs and oral histories of people who obtain their water from public wells in Indiana.

Beth Wootton
County: Monroe
Beth Wootton will attend a hands on photography seminar in California taught by well known nature and landscape photographer Gary Hart. She will receive both group and individual instruction in the field while photographing some of the lesser known areas in Yosemite National Park.


Tony McDonald
County: Hamilton
Tony McDonald presents his autobiographical one-man show, "Lies My Parents Told Me," to college and university LGBT organizations throughout the state during the 2009-2010 academic year. For booking information or more details, contact Tony at inplaywright@hotmail.com.

Visual Arts

Karen Baldner
County: Monroe
"Dialogue Broadside Editions" consist of two fine print editions to generate an income base for the ongoing body of work "The Jewish/German Dialogue Project". Each print will simulate the style of a double page from an illuminated medieval manuscript and will be hand printed on paper made by hand.

Janet Bloch
County: Porter 
Janet Bloch will use her grant for professional photography of her work, purchasing Photoshop and taking computer classes with the goal of making her public art proposals more competitive.

Ray Gow Chen
County: Vigo
Ray Gow Chen will make and develop a series of large scale ceramic sculptures to represent the state of Indiana and the USA to participate in The 44th National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference titled "Community, Concurrent, Independence" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2010.

Bertie David
County: Howard
Bertie David will expand her knowledge, techniques and teaching skills in porcelain art painting at the Indiana Porcelain Art School in August 2009. 

Izabela Kowalewska-Cole 
County: Marion
Izabela Kowalewska-Cole is a ceramicist and painter living in Indianapolis with her husband, two children, and dog. This grant has enabled her to purchase a kiln for firing her smaller ceramic sculptures.

Tuck Langland
County: St. Joseph
Tuck Langland will use his grant to convert film and slide images of sculptures to digital images in formats that are appropriate for digitized competitions and applications, press releases, and publications.

Jay Parnell
County: Marion
Jay Parnell's work describes the emotional lives of individuals and families through visual storytelling.  Parnell transforms complicated emotions into a coded visual language with earthy, oil paintings and found objects.  These juxtapositions accessorize his concepts and deepen their meaning.

Shari Pettis
County: Lake
Shari Pettis will use her grant to subsidize studio rental within a public building designed for learning and working in multiple artistic disciplines. This gives the artist cross-promotional opportunities, the chance to reach new audiences, and ample light and space to create her best work.

Jeffrey Schmuki
County: Tippecanoe
Jeffrey Schmuki will use his grant to purchase a digital SLR camera for documenting work.

Grantees Selected Who Could Not Accept Award

  • Brent Aldrich, Visual Arts (Marion County)
  • Linda Adele Freel, Visual Arts (St. Joseph County)
  • Cherith Lundin, Visual Arts (Porter County)