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Maryland State Arts Council Announces Individual Artist Award Recipients
More than $200,000 in Fellowships awarded to 96 Outstanding Maryland artists
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 //


Lynn Marie Cazabon: Visual Arts: Digital Arts $6000.00

Mina Cheon: Visual Arts Painting $1000.00

Leslie S. Shellow: Works on Paper $3000.00

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announced today, the 2016 recipients of MSAC's Individual Artist Awards (IAA). These awards recognize the exceptional artistic achievements of talented artists from across the state.

This year's IAA awards, totaling $218,000, go to 96 artists working within the disciplines of Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction, Media/Digital/Electronic Arts, Theater Solo Performance, Painting, and Works on Paper.

Selected from more than 585 applicants, the 2016 awardees receive grants for $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 to honor their achievement and to support further advancement of their career.

Recipient artists' names are available here. The list includes information on the artists' home county and artistic discipline. MSAC's competitive Individual Artists Award Program is 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 based solely on artistic merit.

Maryland artists are at the heart of the creative sector. Recognition from MSAC, an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, helps validate artists and their work. MSAC recognizes that artists are at the core of thriving communities and that they contribute significantly to the overall vitality of our state.

The IAA Program reviews work in 18 artistic disciplines, separated into three competition groups and awarded once every three years. The 2017 Individual Artist Award application period opens in May 2016, with a deadline of late July 2016. Eligible categories for 2017 include Dance Choreography, Dance Solo Performance, Classical Music Composition, Classical Music Solo Performance, Poetry, Sculpture, World Music Composition, and World Music 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 12,155 jobs and generate $1 billion in total economic activity and $49 million in state and local taxes. (MSAC Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland, Fiscal Year 2014) For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council call (410) 767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258, or visit the MSAC website at