Putnam Arts Council announces the first
A. ERIC ARCTANDER VISUAL ARTIST GRANT RECIPIENT
The Putnam Arts Council is pleased to announce that it has recently awarded the first A. Eric Arctander Artist Grant to Matthew Keeney of Poughkeepsie, New York. The annual award of one thousand dollars was presented to Matthew this past August after a panel of artists and arts administrators reviewed all the submitted applications. The award is for an individual artist who wishes to further his or her career in the arts and who resides in Putnam, Dutchess or Westchester counties.
Matthew, a photographer and video artist, had applied for the grant in order to continue exploring other creative areas such as drawing and mixed media in either two or three dimensional art. His application was for funding for professional art classes and for studio supplies to create new work. Samples of his recent drawings were submitted for the panel’s review as representative of his dedication and vision in art.
A sample of Matthew Kenney’s work will be on display in the foyer of the Putnam Arts Council in Spring 2015, during a show of Eric’s work. The Putnam Arts Council is located at 521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac, N.Y.
The A. Eric Arctander Artist Grant was created last year by family and friends of the artist, who passed away in October of 2013 at age 68. Eric’s career in art started with under graduate and graduate degrees in fine art from The School of Visual Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago and Pratt Institute. Later, while working in his studio during the day, he was invited to teach evenings at the Graduate School at Pratt Institute and at the Undergraduate School at School of Visual Arts. His areas of original research and lecturing on the subjects of the Tribal Art of Africa, Oceania and North America as well as the History of Graphic Imaging, informed his career as a visual artist as well. In addition to teaching, he was a guiding presence on the board of Collaborative Concepts Inc., a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to presenting advanced art by professional artists. He was also a board member emeritus at the Putnam Arts Council. His commitment to mentor both art students and fellow artists in expanding their professional careers inspired the creation of this grant.
Information on applying for next year’s grant will be available in early 2015 at the following websites: The Putnam Arts Council, www.putnamartscouncil.com and Collaborative Concepts, www.collaborativeconcepts.org. In addition, the grant application announcement will also be available through the websites of local arts organizations in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester counties.
Joyce Picone, Executive Director & President
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