Martha Boschen Porter Fund Impacts Work of Artists

Martha Boschen Porter Fund Impacts Work of Regional Artists

Painters. Writers. Photographers. Musicians. The Martha Boschen Porter Fund supports regional artists in all media who are emerging in their field or experiencing a significant change of direction in their work. The following artists received grants in 2017 during integral points in their careers.

Inspired to apply? The deadline is July 15.

Yura Adams of Great Barrington, Mass., received a Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant to complete a series of colorful paintings that interpret her observations of light. "LightSwitch" is on display at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, N.Y., through July 15, 2018.

Will Hutnick of Wassaic, N.Y., received a Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant to create large works of art on canvas and paper, as well as a series of sculptures. He said this new body of work, which has been exhibited locally and at venues in Chicago and Brooklyn, would not have been possible without the support of the grant.

Sarah Trudgeon of Great Barrington, Mass., received a Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant to support the development of two full-length poetry collections. “The Plot Against the Baby” was recently published as a chapbook by Dancing Girl Press and Studio and was highlighted as a “mesmerizing read” in the Berkshire Eagle. Sarah will read from her work at The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar in Lenox, Mass., on July 9, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.

Jesse DeGroodt of Chatham, N.Y., received a Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant to conduct research for his first book — a historical fiction novel about the Chatham Blue Sox, a baseball team that played in the semi-professional Columbia County Twilight League in the 1950s. The book will be written from the perspective of his father, who served as the team’s third baseman.

Anne Day of Salisbury, Conn., received a Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant to clean, scan, print, frame and exhibit portions of her film archive that were salvaged after her home tragically burned to the ground in October 2013. Anne has worked as a photojournalist for more than 30 years, and her historically important collection includes images of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Orson Welles and more.

Diana Herold of Amenia, N.Y., received a Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant to work on a composition for a medium-sized jazz ensemble inspired by delicately balanced mobile sculptures. While Diana enjoys performing as a percussionist, the grant has allowed her to explore another avenue of her musical career.

Dylan Vadakin of North Canaan, Conn., received a Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant in 2016 to arrange a jazz ensemble performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Center on Main in Falls Village in December 2017. The funding has given him the confidence to craft more compositions for jazz bands.

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