Winners of the WAC 2015 Visual Arts Fellowships were announced November 17, 2014. The recipients are:
Honorable mentions were awarded to: Shelby Shadwell, Laramie and David Henderson, Basin.
Congratulations to you all!
Visual Arts fellowships are awards of merit, based on the artist’s portfolio, honoring the work of Wyoming visual artists whose work reflects serious and exceptional investigation. Artists working in any media, including film and video, may apply. Applications are juried by noted artists, curators and others in visual arts from outside the state. Up to three fellowships may be given each year, and jurors may also select honorable mentions.
Recipients of the visual arts fellowships exhibit their work in the Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Exhibit, held every two years at a major visual arts institution in state. The exhibit is curated by one of the jurors, who serves on the panel for two years. See the Biennial Fellowship Exhibition page for a list of past recipients.
Changes to the Visual Arts Fellowships Timing
The Wyoming Arts Council has decided to realign all the fellowships with the fiscal years in order to simplify payment and reporting processes. Therefore, all fellowships will now be awarded in late summer or early fall. The accelerated schedule for the 2015 fellowships is designed to get us into our new schedule. In the future, fellowships may be announced at the CLICK! conference in the spring, but will be awarded after July 1.
An agreement will be sent to you. You will receive $2100 up front after you submit your agreement, and the remainder will be paid with the Final Report is complete. Access your Final Report. To complete the final report, you will need a log-in and password. Please contact WAC staff for information. An email is sent automatically to you with this information once it has been set-up, and an email will be sent with the Final Report is available.
Applications are accepted through CaFE, an online platform which is free to artists. The call is named Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowships, and usually comes up at the end of the calls list. You can search by name. Artists may prepare for the application at any time during the year by setting up a profile and adding images/video clips to your profile. These images can be added to your application when the time comes. CaFE has very specific guidelines for images, and stringent size limitations for video/film, so WAC recommends giving yourself plenty of time to get your application submitted. CaFE provides extensive online help in the form of FAQs and will also respond to emails.
Applicants may submit up to ten images, of which up to 2 may be “detail” images. Film/video applicants may submit up to 6 clips, and may also include stills. Applicants are also requested to provide an artists statement and a resume.
Pedro Vélez (b. Puerto Rico 1971) obtained his M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and his B.A. in Communications at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico (1995). Recent exhibitions include The Whitney Biennial 2014; A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, curated by Michelle Grabner, at the Hyde Park Art Center Chicago; Contemporary Passions: American, European, and Latin American Art from the Serapión and Belk Collection, Museo de Arte de Ponce, PR. Recent solo exhibitions include #DrunkDictators at Monique Meloche, Chicago; Morally Reprehensible at 101/Exhibit, LA; No Regrets at Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas; Protest Signs at Obra Alegría, San Juan, PR. Vélez has also been included in group exhibitions at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in NYC, Magnan Metz in NYC, Locust Projects in Miami, The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, and El Museo del Barrio in NYC. His work as an artist and writer has been discussed in the New York Times, Artforum, Chicago Tribune, Artspace, LA Times, ABC News, The New Inquiry, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Artlies and The Miami Herald among many other publications.
For 10 years Pedro Vélez maintained a regular column about the art scenes in San Juan and the Midwest for Artnet Magazine and his writing has been published in Newcity, New Art Examiner and Arte al Día. He was also the controversial editor of the blog El Box Score in San Juan.
Pedro Vélez’s work adopts a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating painting, photography and art journalism to create an artistic visual essay, or cryptic riddle, of simultaneously optimistic and fatalistic dynamics amid stream-of-consciousness.
Contact: Camellia El-Antably