JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Trustees of The Community Foundation in Jacksonville awarded grants to six area artists to support their professional and artistic advancement. The grants were made as part of the Foundation's Art Ventures initiative, which has supported the work of artists and small arts organizations for two decades.
Receiving grants were:
Douglas J. Eng -- $3,500 to fund photo print production and preparation for exhibition, including a printed catalog and a website, about the 65-year history of The Wing Lee Yuen Truck Farm on Imeson Road in Jacksonville, which was the leading producer of Chinese produce in the 1940s to 1960s. A set of prints will be produced and donated to the City of Jacksonville for the public record.
Ian Mairs -- $3,000 to fund a 10-day workshop production of a new play entitled “Withitness” being presented off Broadway in New York in July 2010. Grant dollars will be used for rental of theater space, actors’ stipends, printing and advertising costs.
Carlos Miller -- $3,500 to produce a show of choreography that represents the artist’s current and future goals for creation of a dance company. Funds will be used to secure performance and rehearsal space, costumes, lighting and set designs, marketing and publicity materials.
Skye D. Schwarzer -- $3,500 to purchase a drill press and a larger kiln to produce more and larger pieces of glasswork. This also will enable the artist to design and create light fixtures, and Schwarzer will donate light fixtures to the Youth Crisis Center in Jacksonville.
Jay R. Solomon -- $2,800 to purchase a high resolution camera and a photography-specific fine art printer to produce abstract art from realistic photographs.
Mark Sain Wilson -- $3,500 – to purchase a professional level 35mm digital camera and lens to create and produce more and larger images in fine art form.
Grant recipients are recommended by the Foundation's Individual Artist Grants Review Committee, comprised of individuals with diverse expertise in visual and performing arts and a representative of the Foundation's trustees. Funding for these grants comes from the J. Shepard, Jr. & Mary Ann Bryan Arts Endowment, the Art Ventures Fund, and the Independent Life Minority Arts Award Fund.
The Community Foundation in Jacksonville works to stimulate philanthropy in order to build a better community. The oldest community foundation in Florida, it has assets of $141 million.
The Community Foundation in Jacksonville
Cheryl Riddick, Vice President of Grantmaking Services
Mary Kress Littlepage, KBT & Associates