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Two Faculty Members and One Alumnus Receive Indiana Arts Commission Grants

August 3, 2005

August 3, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - Two members of the DePauw faculty and an alumnus of the University are among 83 Indiana artists to receive career development assistance through the Indiana Arts Commission's Individual Artist Project grants. Scott Cooper, Web site director and instructor of art; Kevin McKelvey, a 2000 DePauw graduate who has just been hired as a lecturer in rhetoric and composition at Purdue University; and Cynthia O'Dell, associate professor of art, received grants of $1,000 each.

"These grants are designed to help artists strengthen their career development through specific projects that challenge their growth, and have a positive impact on communities in which they live and work," says Dorothy L. Ilgen, executive director of the IAC. 

Winners were selected by volunteer citizen peer panels. The judges reviewed project proposals in visual arts, photography, folk arts, crafts, dance, music, literature, theatre, media arts and design arts. They scored each artist's application based on the quality of the work, impact the proposed work would have on the artist's career or community, and the likelihood the proposed project could be completed within the specified grant period.

Cooper's grant covers incurred to build a soda kiln for firing ceramic work; McKelvey's for costs related to research, revisions and submission of a poetry manuscript entitled, "Brute Neighbors"; and O'Dell's grant will assist the artist with purchasing inks and paper to complete a series of digitally based landscapes and documentary collage photographs derived from research in Ireland.

Access a complete list of grant recipients by clicking here.

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