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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2007

Illinois Arts Council Announces FY07 Artists Fellowship Award Recipients

Chicago ---The Illinois Arts Council (IAC) is pleased to announce the fiscal year 2007 Artists Fellowship Award recipients. Non-matching fellowships in fixed amounts of $7,000 are awarded to Illinois artists in recognition of their outstanding work and commitment within the arts. This year 49 Illinois artists will receive Fellowships totaling $343,000. Finalist Awards of $700 were also awarded to 26 Illinois artists for a total of $18,200. The Finalist Award category recognizes and encourages additional applicants who demonstrate considerable talent.
The Artists Fellowship Program offers funding for 12 artistic disciplines on a two-year rotating cycle. This year's Fellowship and Finalist Award recipients were selected from 826 creative artists working in the disciplines of Interdisciplinary/Computer Art, Music Composition, Photography, Poetry, and Visual Arts. In fiscal year 2008, awards will be offered in the seven other disciplines of Choreography, Crafts, Ethnic and Folk Arts, Media Arts, New Performance Forms, Prose, and Scriptworks.
The following jurors reviewed this year’s applicants –
Interdisciplinary/Computer Art: Brian Knep, Boston MA; Sandy Maliga, Los Angeles CA; Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, Ridgewood NY;
Music Composition: P.Q. Phan, Bloomington IN; John Rapson, Iowa City IA; Daria Semegen, E. Setauker NY;
Photography: Kelli Connell, Youngstown OH; Dan Ferro, Grinnell IA; Xavier Tavera, Minneapolis MN; Poetry: Carol Ann Davis, Charleston SC; Marlon Esquerra, Coral Gables FL; Dorianne Laux, Eugene OR;
Visual Arts: Frances Bagley, Dallas TX; Astrid Bowlby, Philadelphia PA; Phillip Sanders, New York NY; Carolyn Swiszcz, West St. Paul MN; F. Maria Velasco, Lawrence KS
Following are the Fiscal Year 2007 Artists Fellowship and Finalist Award recipients listed by discipline:
INTERDISCIPLINARY/COMPUTER ART  
D. Denenge Akpem  Chicago  $700
Steven Badgett  Chicago  $7,000
Shawn Decker  Evanston  $7,000
Kevin Hamilton  Urbana  $7,000
Mary Patten  Chicago  $7,000
Patricia Badani  Chicago  $700
Sarah Ross  Urbana  $7,000
    
MUSIC COMPOSITION  
Ryan Cohan Chicago $7,000
Nicolas Collins River Forest $7,000
Raphael Crawford Chicago $700
John Elmquist Chicago $7,000
Robert Fleisher DeKalb $700
Jeff Greene Chicago $7,000
Joan Hickey Wilmette $7,000
Ryan Ingebritsen Chicago $7,000
Morgan Powell Champaign $7,000
Stephen Andrew Taylor Urbana $7,000
    
PHOTOGRAPHY  
Jane Fulton Alt Evanston $7,000
Iwona Biedermann Chicago $7,000
Liz Cockrum Hoffman Estates $700
Yvette Marie Dostatni Chicago $700
Mary Farmilant Chicago $7,000
Jennifer J Greenburg Chicago $700
Christy Karpinski Chicago $7,000
Nate Larson Chicago $700
Melissa Ann Pinney Evanston $7,000
Sa Schloff Chicago $700
Anna Shteynshleyger Des Plaines $700
Deborah R Stratman Chicago $7,000
Brad Temkin Skokie $7,000
Brian Ulrich Chicago $7,000
    
POETRY  
Victoria Anderson Chicago $7,000
Averill Curdy Chicago $7,000
Brett Foster Wheaton $700
Allison E Joseph Carbondale $7,000
Carl Marcum Chicago $7,000
Peter O'Leary Berwyn $7,000
Katie Phillips St Charles $700
Susan Azar Porterfield DeKalb $700
Christina Pugh Evanston $7,000
Srikanth Reddy Chicago $7,000
Michael Robins Chicago $700
Austin Smith Freeport $7,000
Judith Valente Chicago $700
Avery R Young Maywood $700
    
VISUAL ARTS  
Luke Aleckson Chicago $700
Michael Barnes DeKalb $700
Javier Chavira Joliet $700
Antonia Contro Chicago $7,000
Michael Dinges Oak Park $700
Stephen Fessler Carbondale $7,000
Meredith Foster Belleville $700
Brian F Haberman Peoria $7,000
David Ingenthron Chicago $7,000
Kevin Kaempf Chicago $7,000
Joseph Kohnke Evanston $7,000
Stacza S Lipinski Chicago $700
Bruce Noel Mortenson Chicago $7,000
Jacqueline Moses Skokie $700
Judith Mullen Wheaton $7,000
Ashley Nason DeKalb $7,000
Rod Northcutt Chicago $7,000
Seamus Liam O'Brien Chicago $7,000
Mark Porter Chicago $7,000
Steve Reber Chicago $7,000
Elizabeth Shreve Chicago $700
Christopher Tavares Silva Chicago $7,000
Diane Simpson Wilmette $7,000
Sumakshi Singh Chicago $7,000
Geoffry Smalley Chicago $7,000
Ann Toebbe Chicago $700
Robert Lee Turner Chicago $7,000
Eric Wert Chicago $7,000
Bernard Williams Chicago $7,000
Raymond Yeager Jacksonville $700


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