Fiscal Year 2012 Individual Artist Program Grantees

The IAC funded 37 of the 93 applicants for the FY2012 Individual Artist Program.  Open disciplines for FY2012 included Dance, Literature, Music, and Theatre.


Natalee J.W. Cooney, Marion      
The grant will provide funds for travel and tuition for the artist to study with Paul Taylor Dance Company, in addition to viewing and research of New York City dance performances. The grantee will teach a Master Class to Indianapolis area students and professionals in order to impart skills, techniques, and knowledge gained from study with Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City.

Patricia J. Martin, Marion                
Patricia's project entails traveling to Brooklyn, New York, where she will receive teacher training from Dance for Parkinson's at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Upon completion of her training, she will develop and provide dance classes for those with Parkinson's disease in Indiana.


Matthew C Brennan, Vigo
"Souvenir" is a collection of poems about travel and art, especially landscapes of Europe and New Deal-artworks that evoke the places and times of the poet's ancestors. The poems, whether in blank-verse sonnets or free verse, all confront our superficial sense of the past and of other cultures and how they lead us to surprising discoveries.

Maurice Broaddus, Marion 
The project to be completed is a novel entitled The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. It is set in a world where the Revolutionary War never happened, America is still a colony of the Albion Empire, and slavery ended only a couple of generations ago. Some of the citizens struggle against some of the lingering effects of the slave system.

Karla Cruise, St. Joseph
A Current of Irresistible Force is a collection of short stories structured around the historic, beautiful, though at times deadly St. Joseph River. The author isolates and precisely renders pivotal moments in the lives of a diverse array of real and imagined characters who, though separated from each other by the economic, social and psychological structures unique to their time periods, are all changed forever by the river's poetic, mysterious force.

D. DelReverda-Jennings,  Marion
Indianapolis based interdisciplinary artist D. DelReverda-Jennings, wrote ""Horizon: Indiana Artists of Color,"" to bring about greater awareness and appreciation for Indiana native or resident Artists of African descent practicing visual art disciplines, and for the creatively rich artistic heritage from which they are inspired.

Elise Hofer Derstine, Elkhart
Through a year-long mentorship with a seasoned poet, Elise Hofer Derstine will finish drafting and revising her first collection of poems. In addition to refining her poems, Elise will receive critical guidance in succeeding as a career poet.

Jean Harper, Wayne
Jean Harper is working on completing her book, "Horses and Divorces." The book focuses on the far-reaching and transformative effects working with horses has on women and girls.

George Kalamaras, Allen
George Kalamaras is researching and writing a book of poems about the American West, THE RAIN THAT DOESN'T REACH THE GROUND. Located in Colorado, near Wyoming's border, the poems explore historical, regional, cultural, and psychological complexities of living in the modern West, presenting a speaker ""on the border""--who once lived in Colorado and now lives in Indiana but frequents the West.

Nancy Kriplen, Marion
"Tryphena" is the true story of a small town Indiana girl who meets and marries a wealthy English widower and lives happily ever after in their magnificent, ancient Somerset manor house, wearing Fortuny gowns to tea and parties like many fashionable women in the 1920s. This is the first chapter in the book, CINQUE FORTUNY, blending stories about individual Fortuny clients with biographical anecdotes about the Venetian artist/designer/craftsman, Mariano Fortuny.

Debra S. Levy, Allen
Debra Levy plans to use her IAC grant to research and write a personal essay about the federal government's undisclosed chemical warfare dispersals and testing in the early Sixties on her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The essay will be included in a manuscript of collected essays she hopes to publish. In addition, she will give a public reading of an excerpt of the essay in her hometown.

Doris Lynch, Monroe
My Haiku Year: Doris Lynch will explore haiku by a daily immersion in this centuries-old poetic form. She will receive training and inspiration by attending the largest North American haiku conference. Learning to write haiku well will bring concision. clarity, and a deep connection with nature to all of her writing.

Kevin Alan McKelvey, Marion
Kevin McKelvey will continue recent work on poems about the Wabash River. The Wabash River embodies both the past and future of Indiana, and McKelvey's project will capture that in poetry. At ten towns and cities along the Wabash, he will read from his work and lead creative writing workshops with local residents.

Peggy Reiff Miller, Kosciusko
FINDING CHARITY, a historical novel, tells the story of a sixteen-year-old Indiana farm boy, McKinley (Mac) Morgan, who loses his brother to World War II. Unsettling events at home related to his brother's death lead Mac to sign up as a seagoing cowboy to take livestock to war-torn Poland. In this coming-of-age story, Mac gains a deeper understanding of himself, his brother, and the meaning of love as he encounters the aftermath of war.

Kelcey Parker, St. Joseph
The Bitter Life of Bozena Nemcova"" is a book-length biographical collage of texts and images related to the life and writings of Bozena Nemcova, a major Czech literary figure who struggled to balance her literary ambitions with her roles as wife and mother. This hybrid text will be interspersed with the story of my own journey to discover more about this historical woman writer, and will include photos and documents as well as reflections about literary lineages.

R. Shana Ritter, Monroe
Shana Ritter will complete a manuscript of poetry that explores the themes of immigration, assimilation and home. The writer will incorporate research and family letters into the work which will draw on a range of poetic forms including narrative, prose poems and epistolary.

John Sherman, Marion
John Sherman will create large-format posters of his poetry and photography as illustrations for his workshops with students in various counties to encourage them to work alone or in collaboration with others to create similar works, culminating in his and the students’ displays, readings, and discussions of the process of writing and the creation of these enhanced displays of poetry to further engage audiences.

Barbara Shoup, Marion
Novelist Barbara Shoup will take an essay workshop with Philip Lopate to expand her range as a writer and write a series of essays on aspects of the creative process.

Julianna Eleanor Thibodeaux, Marion
Julianna Thibodeaux will complete and seek publication for her novel ""The Mother's Room,"" which explores mothering in today's society. The novel's protagonist, Jeanne, must find a way to navigate the tension between society's expectations and her own beliefs about herself as woman and mother. After the completion of the novel, Thibodeaux will offer a public writing workshop including a reading from her novel, discussion, and writing exercises.


Becky Archibald, Marion
Composer/pianist Becky Archibald will will create inspiration and interest in jazz composition, performances and presentations in Central Indiana. After performing and presenting her work as Composer-in-Residence at the Dordorgne International Jazz Summer School in Monteton, France, Archibald will return to Indiana to give presentations and performances in Indianapolis and at Anderson University. In addition, Archibald will create songbooks of the jazz she has written, inspired by Monteton.

Alexis Bacon, Hendricks
The work is a ten-minute electroacoustic composition for flute, percussion, and recorded sound. The musical materials will come from recordings of yodelers in Adams County. The work will be programmed by the duo ""Due East"" on three recitals in different Indiana geographical locations, and subsequently recorded.

Craig Brenner, Monroe
Craig Brenner will arrange his ""Homage to New Orleans"" for performance by students in the Bloomington High School jazz band, and make an audio and video recording of the students performing the piece in concert for viewing on YouTube, using equipment and software purchased with the IAP grant. The music will also be available for use by other high school band programs.

Ellen Denham, Marion
Voice teacher and singer Ellen Denham will take her teaching into the 21st century by upgrading her music studio with computer equipment and software. Her students will present two free public recitals at St. John Catholic Church and she will give a free workshop as part of the 2012 Indy Convergence.

Monika Herzig, Monroe
This project will be a live video and audio recording of a piano concert. The recordings will be edited and mastered as part of a physical multi-media release as well as digital releases of individual tracks and video clips. The physical package will also include media files of musical scores, interviews with the artist, audience members, personnel involved in supporting the project,and instructional commentary.

Janiece Jaffe, Monroe
Improvisational vocal artist, Janiece Jaffe visits the Big Island of Hawaii to study vocal techniques of Hawaiian chants and songs. She will give a free public workshop and concert based on what she has learned in May of 2012 in Bloomington Indiana.

Petar Jankovic, Monroe
Petar Jankovic, international award-winning classical guitarist and faculty member at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, releases a CD of originally developed arrangements for a very unique and attractive ""string quartet LED BY guitar"" ensemble of music by some of the icons of classical guitar solo and duo repertoire: Albeniz , De Falla , Piazzolla, etc.

Dr. Gregory C. Kostraba, Tippecanoe
The grant will support the creation of a CD recording by Greg Kostraba's trio "Quelque Chose" of a wide range of music for the unusual combination of violin, horn, and piano. It will also support a performance of music from the CD in two concerts in the Greater Lafayette area.

Michael Joseph Lewis, Tippecanoe
Michael Lewis, of West Lafayette, IN received an IAC grant to write and record the 12 songs which will comprise his first solo recording, entitled The Natural World. A free CD release concert will be held in October of 2011 in West Lafayette with a reception afterwards. Lewis, who has played in the traditional Celtic duo Traveler's Dream for the last ten years, will now be able to market himself additionally as a singer/songwriter, which will open up many new performance opportunities for him.

Don Nichols, Tippecanoe
“Station of Small Sounds” is a recording of original compositions for percussion by Don Nichols. This collection is a synthesis of electronics, non-traditional instruments and percussion, performed by the composer. Drawing from the sounds of daily life, this work offers both an innovative musical approach and a critical “translation” of our contemporary culture.

Joseph O'Connell, Washington
“A Ripple Rock Treasury” is an album-length sound recording by Joseph O'Connell featuring original folk songwriting. Drawing on longstanding song forms and instrumental styles, this work engages and builds upon the musical idioms of the artist’s home region.

Michael Steven Pounds, Delaware
A new musical composition will be created to involve live computer processing of accordion sounds. New computer interface equipment will be purchased to allow gestural control of the computer music using hand movements. The piece will be performed in a concert at Ball State University and submitted for other venues.

James Farrell Vernon, Allen
James Farrell Vernon's classical music CD, ""Convergence: New Arrangements for the Sopranino Saxophone"" explores the unique timbre and lyrical quality of the smallest member of the saxophone family, the rarely heard sopranino saxophone. The CD blends old with new: works from Baroque to contemporary eras in the classical music canon are presented in exciting new arrangements for sopranino with piano, guitar, viola da gamba, and other accompaniment.

Denise Wilson, Tippecanoe
Denise Wilson will create a musical program that explores the important role of music in seeking social justice throughout American history. She will research and learn historical songs and write original songs which tell the stories of people who fought in peaceful ways for social and economic justice. Grant funds will also be used to buy a small sound system to enable Wilson to play for venues that do not have their own sound. A free concert will be given in Lafayette in the fall of 2011.


Julie Lyn Barber, Delaware
The Panto Project will bring two new adaptations of classic children's stories to four intimate venues in East Central Indiana. These performances breathe new life into tried and true tales by presenting them in an enduringly popular, traditional British comedic style known as panto. The British panto style incorporates broad comedy, audience interaction and familiar characters to engage audiences of all ages.

Jeffrey C. Casazza, Allen
Jeff Casazza will travel to Spoleto, Italy where he will participate in the International Symposium for Directors. While there he will work with Internationally renowned theatre artists exploring physical theatre and present a performance workshop demonstrating how he works with the Chorus of classical and contemporary plays.

Jennifer W. Kiffmeyer, Wayne
Written and performed by Jennie Kiffmeyer, ""Rivertown Dispatch"" is a one-woman show that celebrates the power of storytelling in our lives. Told from the point of view of Mary, the publisher of a small town newspaper, the piece chronicles a series of discoveries in the fictional town of Rivertown, Indiana. During the 50 minute performance, we hear such stories such as that of a forgotten grave, a secret trove of poems and Mary's own epiphany about her life's calling.

Dwandra Nickole Lampkin, Delaware
The National Black Theatre Festival is known worldwide for highlighting new and current works of African American playwrights and performers. Dwandra Nickole Lampkin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Ball State University, attended the event as an artist and educator. One of her goals in attending the festival was to conduct a reading/workshop of her new one-woman show, ""The Conviction of Lady Lorraine,"" in order to improve the script for future performances.