June 3, 2022

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama State Council on the Arts

Alabama Artists and Arts Organizations Awarded $372,500

Alabama Artists and Arts Organizations Awarded $372,500 
Announcing Fellows and Arts Facilities Grantees 


MONTGOMERY, Ala., (June 3, 2022) — At its June quarterly meeting in Selma, Ala., the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded twenty-one (21) Fellowship grants totaling $105,000 and ten (10) Arts Facilities grants totaling $267,500 for a total of $372,500 in funding. 


Fellowships are awarded to individuals working in arts education, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theatre, visual arts, and crafts. These grants recognize artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity, contributing to the further development of the artist. Fellows use funding to support the growth and development of their artistic careers through time creating, practicing and improving their skill, pursuit of professional development and training, or other opportunities that lead to success for these Alabama artists.  


“Alabama’s creative sector greatly benefits from the incredible work of our artists and arts educators. We are pleased to be able to provide support directly to individuals in the form of these fellowships,” said Council Chair Dr. Henry Panion, III.  


Arts Facilities grants are an economic investment in an organization as they plan, design, or construct spaces for arts activities. This program continues to support adaptive re-use of spaces, revitalizing neighborhoods. Funded projects involve top-level professionals in urban and community planning, architecture, landscape design, and historic preservation. Grantees are awarded based on evidence of community support, a key element for large and small organizations enhancing spaces for arts activities. 


“This year’s support includes the communities all over Alabama: from Mobile to Florence, Harpersville to Northport, and beyond. These facility-oriented projects reflect important initiatives that enhance spaces where arts programming will impact the community and surrounding area for years to come, said Dr. Elliot Knight, the Council’s executive director. 


During their time in the Selma, the Council on the Arts learned more about the host city’s arts community and attended a reception highlighting Black Belt artists and organizations. Support for arts programming is critical for a vibrant creative community, which results in a thriving arts economy, a workforce ready for innovation, and a high quality of life for all residents. 


FELLOWSHIP GRANTS  

Fellowships are grants awarded to outstanding individual artists and arts educators in Alabama and provide support for the creative growth of an individual’s career. The Council on the Arts is honored to announce these 21 artists, makers, and educators who will each receive $5,000.  


Name 

City 

County 

Amount 

Fellowship 

Douglas Barrett 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$5,000 

Design Fellowship 

H.M. Cotton 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$5,000 

Literary Arts Fellowship - Poetry 

Susan Fitzsimmons 

Mobile 

Mobile 

$5,000 

Visual Arts Fellowship 

James Ryan Foster 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$5,000 

Visual Arts Fellowship 

Matthew Gardner 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$5,000 

Arts Educator Fellowship 

Allison Grant 

Tuscaloosa 

Tuscaloosa 

$5,000 

Gay Burke Memorial 
Photography Fellowship 

Lanier Isom 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$5,000 

Literary Arts Fellowship - Prose 

Tyra Jackson 

Mobile 

Mobile 

$5,000 

Dance Fellowship 

Erin Langley 

Daphne 

Baldwin 

$5,000 

Theatre Fellowship 

Irene Latham 

Oneonta 

Blount 

$5,000 

Literary Arts Fellowship - Prose 

Faith Lenhart 

Vestavia Hills 

Jefferson 

$5,000 

Arts Educator Fellowship 

Brenda Luchsinger 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$5,000 

Music Fellowship 

Charlie Mato-Toyela

Cottonwood 

Houston 

$5,000 

Music Fellowship  

Jason McCall 

Florence 

Lauderdale  

$5,000 

Literary Arts Fellowship - Prose  

Ryan Meyer 

Trussville 

Jefferson 

$5,000 

Media/Photography Fellowship 

John 'Jahni' Moore 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$5,000 

Visual Arts Fellowship 

Tracie Noles-Ross 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$5,000 

Visual Arts Fellowship 

John Oles 

Jacksonville 

Calhoun 

$5,000 

Visual Arts Fellowship - Craft 

Elisabeth Pellathy 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$5,000 

Visual Arts Fellowship - Craft