2016 GRANTS awarded by the ARTIST'S RESOURCE TRUST FUND (a.r.t.)

The Artist’s Resource Trust Fund awarded $138,400 to 20 individual artists and eight organizations in New England, Columbia County, N.Y., and northeast Dutchess County, N.Y. Established in 1996, the A.R.T. fund supports mid-career visual artists, aged 35 and older, and nonprofit organizations that purchase, exhibit or commission work by regional artists. 


Jaclyn Conley (New Haven, Conn.), to create paintings that reflect moments of political history. She will visit three presidential libraries to access rare photographs that will inspire her paintings. 

Cynthia Davis (Harpswell, Maine), to purchase technology and materials to create four bodies of work on paper. Davis combines collage, textile, drawing and painting with digital creative applications.

Samantha R. Fields (Brockton, Mass.), to attend a three-month residency program at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. During her residency, Fields will create three pieces of sculpture using a combination of textiles and ceramics.    

Matthew Gamber (Somerville, Mass.), to attend an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in April 2017, and continue his work on a multi-color slide installation about Leopold Godowsky Jr. and Leopold Mannes, co-inventors of Kodachrome film.
Carly Glovinski (Dover, N.H.), to incorporate ceramics into a large-scale installation piece. She will also visit Smithsonian institutions in Washington, D.C., and the Winterthur collection in Newark, Del., to inspire new drawings.
Barbara Hocker (Bolton, Conn.), to create an installation of handmade books that, when placed together, create an image. Hocker combines photographs, prints, ink paint and watercolor on rice paper to produce her books.
Masako Kamiya (Dorchester, Mass.), to attend a summer painting residency at La Porte Peinte, an international arts center in Noyers sur Serein, France. 
Justin F. Kimball (Florence, Mass.), to develop a new photography series.
John K. Lawson (Sheffield, Mass.), to purchase materials to produce new oil paintings. At the end of the year, his work will be on view at the Lauren Clark Fine Art Gallery in Great Barrington, Mass. 
Andrea Mauery (Veazie, Maine), to produce a series of stitched hair sculptures and installations focused on endangered species for an upcoming solo project entitled, Devolve
Maggie Nowinski (Easthampton, Mass.), to produce a limited edition, hand-printed and bound book, and to continue various projects in drawing, printmaking and installation art. 
Jeff Ostergren (New Haven, Conn.), to produce a series of large-scale paintings and totemic sculptures using an experimental palette of materials, including pharmaceuticals, energy drinks, paints and organic materials. 
Kelly C. Popoff (Greenfield, Mass.), to help convert her garage into a painting studio.
Amy Jean Porter (Bethany, Conn.), to develop a book of drawings demonstrating the connection between human culture and the natural world.
Cristi Rinklin (Dorchester, Mass.), to create a series of mid- and large-scale paintings on aluminum, as well as smaller, water-based works on paper. 
Daniela Rivera (Wellesley, Mass.), toward a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Rivera will create two large-scale pieces using paint and mixed media, as well as a video component. 
Jen Simms (Gill, Mass.), to help purchase an upright tapestry loom that will allow her to create large-scale woven art. 
Allyson Strafella (Hudson, N.Y.), to cover studio expenses and purchase materials for her work. Strafella creates drawings with the repetitive strokes of a typewriter, a style she has developed over the last 23 years.  
Amy Vensel (Newton, Conn.), to attend a four-week artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center. During her residency, Vensel will create new abstract paintings on canvas, and experiment with painting on sustainable materials, including synthetic paper, recyclable fabric and polyester film. 
Michael Zachary (Jamaica Plain, Mass.), to help purchase studio space that will accommodate large-scale aluminum prints. 

Cambridge Arts Council (Cambridge, Mass.), for its first major temporary exhibition of contemporary art in and around the Cambridge Common. The exhibition, on view from May through September, will feature work of sound artist Andy Graydon and conceptual artist Kelly Sherman, both of Cambridge. 
Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, N.H.), to exhibit the work of Soo Sunny Park of Cornish. Park will create a large-scale, site-specific installation using plexiglas and metal materials as part of the museum’s 2017 Contemporary Connections series.
MASS MoCA (North Adams, Mass.), to display the work of six mid-career New England artists in a group exhibition, Explode Every Day: An Inquiry Into the Phenomena of Wonder. The exhibition features artists Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, Tom Friedman, Megan and Murray McMillan, and Chris Taylor. 
SculptureNow (Becket, Mass.), for its annual sculpture exhibition at the Mount in Lenox, Mass. The work of William Carlson of Sandisfield and Robin Tost of Mill River, along with 26 other sculptors, will be on display from June 1 to October 31, 2017.
South Shore Art Center (Cohasset, Mass.), for watercolor artist Lisa Goren to teach elementary school students about her artistic process during a yearlong artist residency. 
University Museum of Contemporary Art (Amherst, Mass.), to help exhibit the sculptural work of Sarah Braman and Josephine Halvorson as part of Crosstown Contemporary Art, an installation of 8 to 10 artists’ work along North Pleasant Street. The exhibition will open in May.
Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vt.), to exhibit the work of 10 New England artists.
Waterfall Arts (Belfast, Maine), to exhibit the work of Maine-based artists Anna Hepler and Karen Gelardi, on view in May 2017.

Since its inception, A.R.T. has awarded over $2.6 million to 500 artists. The committee that reviews applications and awards grants is comprised of artists, curators and museum directors from the four-county region Berkshire Taconic serves.