Visual Arts Fellowships are $3,000 unrestricted awards of merit, based on the artist’s portfolio, honoring the work of Wyoming visual artists whose work reflects serious and exceptional aesthetic investigation. Artists working in any media, including film and video, may apply. Applications are juried by noted artists, curators, and others in the 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 or museum in the state. Applications are currently not being accepted. The next round of Fellowship applications will open in Spring 2022.
Al Hubbard was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to a Navajo father, a mechanical draftsman and Northern Arapaho mother, a devoted mother and skilled beadwork artist. Growing up away from both tribal reservations, Al was taught at an early age to be proud of his native bloodlines. It is from both rich native cultures that Al interprets the world around him.
The early work that Al produced was exceptionally detailed, realistic, and what he calls very mechanical. This style of reflecting his environment drastically changed after enrolling at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The fertile ground at the academic level included opportunities to experiment with forms of expression that he was careful to appreciate and integrate into his own personal vision.
His immediate attachment to innovative ways of speaking through the arts was nurtured by a handful of native leaders of their own fields of study. Al’s projects have included everything from installation to printmaking. The unique manipulation of the materials he chooses reflect the complexity of living as a Native American in today’s world.
Al currently resides on the Wind River Reservation in Riverton, Wyoming.
I am an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and a Gros-Ventre descendant. I grew up on the Wind River reservation in Wyoming. I am a multiple disciplined artist who does beadwork, dentalium jewelry, and sewing. My main artform is my beadwork and the various forms of beading inspired by the people in my life, my culture, and dancing at pow-wows. My creations are a homage to my culture and heritage on where I come from and what I’ve learned, as well as a preview of the future of where I’m going. I am passionate about creating one-of-a-kind pieces that reconnect the past, present, and future with a more contemporary style and use of colors while celebrating my heritage. To inspire younger generations to bead and passing the knowledge of our culture down to the next generations.
Kyle is a photographer based in Laramie, WY where he was born and raised and currently lives with his wife. His academic and professional backgrounds are in photography and marketing. He works in various genres ranging from portraiture to landscapes. For him, photography is a form of individual therapy; working through compositions that are a reflection of his current state of mind. Oftentimes his work will begin with a plan in mind and the creative process will yield something completely different yet equally as necessary.
An honorable mention was awarded to Paul Taylor of Laramie.
1986 Val Brinkerhoff, Bruce Dehnert, Laura Lacy, Sylvia Long
1987 John Giarrizzo, John Haberman, Elizabeth C. Howell, Dean Johnson
1988 Sandra Chupka, Richard Evans, Carl Niederer, Gary Poush
1989 Stan Dolega, Larry Friedman, Robert Seabeck, Laurie Thal
1990 Patrick Christensen, Gregory Charles Gaylor, Lynne Hull, Linda Ryan
1991 Jerry Rodriguez, Craig Satterlee, Deborah Throop, Sharon Waldron
1992 Christy Love, Kathy Gaye Shiroki, John Giarrizzo, Dean Johnson
1993 Pip Brant, Bettina Demetz, Jessica Holt, Susan Stone
1994 Mary-Alice Huemoeller, Sava Malachowski, Maurice Mayer, Devendra Shrikhande
1995 Raphael Di Luzio, Adam Jahiel, Christine Karkow
1996 Marta Amundson, Cindy Warnock, Laura Lacy
1997 Frederic Joy, Phyllis Kloda, Scott Torkelson
1998-99 Duane Brant, Francis Fox, Laura Guinan, Mark Ritchie, Steve Schrepferman, Sue Sommers
2000-01 Leah Hardy, Ken Kidder, Ricki Klages, Bronwyn Minton, Jon Madsen, Linda Ryan
2002-03 Elijah Cobb, Kaidi Morgan Dunston, Pat Jeffers, Melissa Malm, Laurie Thal, Adam Jahiel, Marta Amundson
2004-05 Penelope Caldwell, Lorre Hoffman, Mike McClure, Connie Norman, Curtis Olson, Bronwyn Minton
2006-07 Ashley Hope Carlisle, Zane Lancaster, Jim Laybourne, Ginnie Madsen, Mark Ritchie, Jon Madsen
2008 Matt Flint, Doug Russell, Ricki Klages
2009 Florence Alfano McEwin, David Henderson, Leah Hardy
2010 David Jones, Shelby Shadwell, Penelope Caldwell
2011 Jenny Dowd, David Klaren, Adrienne Vetter
2012 Joe Arnold, Chuck Kimmerle, Jenny Wuerker
2013 Abbie Miller, Susan Thulin, John Haberman
2014 Suzanne Morlock, Do Palma, Aaron Wallis
2015 Diana Baumbach, June Glasson, Thomas Macker
2016 Susan Moldenhauer, Jennifer Rife, Georgia Rowswell
2017 Bailey Russel, Florence Alfano McEwin, Shelby Shadwell
2018 Margaret K. Hayden, Patrick Kikut, Robert Martinez
2019 Elaine Olafson Henry Joe Arnold, Andy Kincaid
2020 Wendy Bredehoft, Garrett Cruzan, Favian Hernandez
2021 Diana Baumbach, Shawn Bush, Rachel Hawkinson
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