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Alumni Receive Artist Trust Fellowships

Alumni Receive Artist Trust Fellowships

: Amy O’Neal, In the Fray, 2010. Courtesy Artist Trust.. Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki.

Alumni Receive Artist Trust Fellowships

: SuttonBeresCuller, Ties That Bind, custom-made red ratchet straps, houses, 2011. Courtesy Artist Trust..

Alumni Receive Artist Trust Fellowships

: David Boxley, Artist in Residence, National Museum of the American Indian. Totem Pole carved from old growth red cedar, Tsimshian design, latex paint, 2012.. Photo by National Museum of the American Indian.

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Artist Trust fellowships assist artists of “exceptional talent” in keeping their work on track. This year, the awards included alums “SuttonBeresCuller,” Amy O’Neal and David Boxley.

Three Cornish alumni were among the artists given fellowships from Artist Trust announced on May 16.  Art alumni amalgamation SuttonBeresCuller (Zac Culler [AR ’00], Ben Beres [AR ’00], John Sutton [AR ’02]) received a fellowship in “emerging fields & cross-disciplinary arts,” Amy O’Neal (DA ’99) received a fellowship in performing arts and David Boxley (DE ’99-01) received one in “traditional & folk arts.”

“Artist Trust Fellowships award Washington State artists of exceptional talent, demonstrated ability,” writes Artist Trust, “professional achievement and continuing dedication to an artistic discipline.” The trust’s fellowships award $7,500 every two years in music, media, literary and craft arts are in even-numbered years. In odd numbered years, these awards are made in emerging fields & cross-disciplinary, performing, visual and traditional & folk arts.

Amy O’Neal has been a power and a fixture in Seattle dance for some time, working mostly out of Velocity Dance. She has frequently collaborated with fellow alum Reggie Watts,  musician, comedian, national performance phenom.  She has taught all over, including at Cornish.

“I am thrilled and honored to receive my second Artist Trust Fellowship exactly 10 years later,” says O’Neal. “It is coming at a time where I am evolving as a artist and it feels good to have this vote of confidence.”

Tricksters, designers and sculptors: SuttonBeresCuller is a trio of artists who met at Cornish. Their playful work ranges from installation, performance, gallery works, and public tours to floating islands. According to Artist Trust, “The work expresses their wish to engage viewers in unconventional ways. It is their intention to actively involve and challenge the viewer in this experience and to discourage passive viewing.” Working on a number of commissions over the years, they have created a “trailer park” (literally a tiny park pulled by a truck), elegant balls of junk, houses tied together by miles of strapping tape and an art viewing machine at the Henry Gallery, among many others. Artist Trust goes on to say that “The work is meant to be accessible, intriguing, fun. They work both within and outside the confines of traditional gallery spaces, creating an open critique of such spaces.”

“We are happy to live in a city that supports and sustains individual artists,” says Ben Beres, the “B” of SBC. “Artist Trust is an awesome organization and has been there from the beginning of our 13-year career. We are thrilled to receive a fellowship from them. They have been there time and time again to help us create new work and realize new projects.”

David Boxley studied design at Cornish from 1999 to 2001, received his Artist Trust fellowship in “traditional & folk arts.  Boxley has, according to Artist Trust, “achieved national recognition as an Alaskan Tsimshian artist for his design and carving accomplishments, showcasing and demonstrating worldwide, and creating his own Tsimshian style that is reflective of the old style with his own quality interpretation. David has brought the traditions of his ancestors to life carving 71 Totem Poles, masks, rattles, bentwood boxes and other art mediums. David’s accomplishments include his commitment to the revitalization of Tsimshian culture, bringing traditions to practice and teaching art and language.”

Along with O’Neal, SuttonBeresCuller and Boxley were a number of other local artists.  In emerging fields & cross-disciplinary arts, a fellowship went to Robb Kunz. In traditional & folk arts, fellowships were awarded to Sharon Glenn, Delbert Miller, and Oleksandra Pryveda. In visual arts, fellowships went to Leo Berk, Chris Crites, Michelle Forsyth,Ronald Hall, Jeremy Mangan, Richard Martinez, Amie McNeel, Saya Moriyasu, Preston Singletary. In performing arts,  Etienne Cakpo received a fellowship.


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