MakeWork 2012 Grants Awarded — Allie
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
MakeWork invests in artists and Chattanooga’s creative culture.
MakeWork is thrilled to announce our 2012 Grantees. Fifteen recipients from a variety of creative disciplines received grants totaling $100,000. This year 120 Chattanooga area artists and artisans applied for these competitive grants, requesting just under one million dollars in total funding.
MakeWork 2012 Recipients
Anderson & Jessie Bailey
Anderson & Jessie Bailey
Development of a Slip Cast Ceramic Product Line
Anderson and Jessie’s grant will allow them to develop and create a new line of well designed, hand crafted, functional vessels. The line will feature clean forms with a balance of simplicity and complexity through subtle details that will leave the user wondering how the object was made. Through the slip cast mold making process, they will be able to make multiples of each object, allowing them to work efficiently and sustainably. With a more consistent line of work, they will be able to build an online presence and to reach out to more galleries and design shops.
Special Edition of Novel Set in Chattanooga
Sybil’s grant will focus on Replay, a novel based in Chattanooga. Inspired by Chekhov's "Three Sisters," the novel traces the stories of three sisters (a lawyer, a reporter, and a musician) in Chattanooga from 1999 to 2011. She will have a multimedia approach to her novel allowing readers to engage with the text in multiple ways. By providing a CD of local music with the novel and including photographs of different parts of Chattanooga, the novel will enable readers from all over the world to understand and appreciate Chattanooga on many levels.
Make Good With Faces Even Better With Faces
Kevin’s grant will allow him to outfit his professional painting studio with scaffolding and new computer components to speed up his process. With new equipment, he can design and plan more quickly, increase work, and paint more safely. All of this, in turn, will create more time for him to try new styles and attempt more intricate executions of murals. Some of Kevin’s newest murals are showcased on MLK and Frazier Avenue.
Implementation of Bradley-Shoup Studio Inc.
Mark’s grant will allow him to invest more time in studio research and production. His work Funding will allow him the financial security needed to transition to a more rigorous studio schedule and market his work to a wider audience. His paintings are a response to both the natural and built landscape and how we inhabit, interact, and encounter space and form.
A Jewel in the Southeast: Preserving the North Chickamauga Creek Wilderness
Matt’s grant will provide funding to create a documentary about the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge, a pristine wilderness twenty minutes from downtown Chattanooga. He will use video and photography to capture the beauty of the landscape throughout the year, and show the history and human interaction of the watershed. He will focus on the conservation efforts that keep this area wild and unsullied by development and overuse and compare it to less protected areas in our community.
Tim’s grant will support Cyclopaedia, his visual/sonic essay on the transmission, codification, and eventual branding and commercialization of human knowledge. The project will utilize local musicians, stage performers, and visual artists. A series of diverse scenes set the performers in various combinations against backdrops of light, props, and multimedia projections. This 60-minute production will be presented in a theater setting over the course of six nights of performances spanning two weekends in February.
Dark of the Moon
Lakshmi will create a series of interrelated installations in downtown Chattanooga. The installations will vary in scale from discreet interventions to elaborately choreographed spaces, located in vacant storefronts as well as conventional gallery settings. Using projected video, photographic prints, window graphics, window tinting, blackout cloth, photographic lighting and vinyl lettering, these exhibitions will engage architectural elements already in place and produce transformed experiences of their given sites. The images and videos used will be drawn from her ongoing series Dark of the Moon.
AS ELYZUM Recording Studio Equipment Upgrade
What was born out of a need to record demos for his own songs has become a professional endeavor for Stephen Nichols. He has dedicated the past twelve years to practicing the art of audio production. Stephen has established As Elyzum as a unique and affordable local recording studio. His MakeWork grant will allow him to upgrade his studio production equipment and proactively build an infrastructure to meet the needs of a greater variety of clients.
Sound Installation Responsive to the Ecology of Architecture
Greg’s goal is to amplify the acoustic properties of a structure, drawing to the fore the aesthetic relationships of the experience of a space to prompt a reconsideration of it. His installation will collect sound and other information from the physical structure of a building, analyze it, and build harmonics or other compositional structures in response. The installation will be open to the public and engage Chattanooga communities through discussion forums about the work, location, and its relation to the city's history and future.
Jennifer will use her grant to create a working foundry in her studio to further her figurative sculptural work in iron, bronze, and aluminum. The physical act of pouring the metal will bring together the sculpture community. Casting is done with a group of people, and she will invite sculptors to join in the process. Having a local foundry will provide the Chattanooga art community with a new casting resource and a sense of camaraderie that she hopes to bring to the local sculpture community.
Tour de Noog
From the Northside, to the Southside, David will install two series of temporary wheat paste murals paying homage to some of Chattanooga's local musicians. His work is large-scale and draws on his photography of the local music scene over the past few years. The two showcases will run in March through April and August through September. He will offer Chattanooga a self-guided bicycle tour of the downtown murals, Tour de Noog. David’s grant promotes awareness of public art and local music.
Chattanooga Print Co-operative
Paul’s grant will provide initial funding for staff, equipment, and facilities to launch a community-based print collective in Chattanooga - a workshop facility for letterpress printing and intaglio and lithographic printmaking. The project will provide access to unique and underutilized artistic resources and build a community of fine artists and craftspeople around this equipment and knowledge. The collective will expand the range of creative processes and outputs available to local artists working across a broad range of media.
Twenty First Century Blacksmith Assistant
Eric’s will purchase an air powered hammer for his blacksmith shop with his MakeWork grant. Forging metal is essentially working iron in its plastic state. Working with a power hammer is like having an incredible hulk that never gets tired while working for you. A powerful and accurate power hammer will allow him to forge objects faster and execute an expanded repertoire of techniques. His work is intuitive and evolves organically. The equipment will allow him to work with fewer mechanical limitations and better enable him to execute his creative vision as he works.
Hand Written Tunes
Tiffany’s grant will allow her to write and produce an entire original album utilizing local studio engineering and musicians. She will document the process to provide aspiring songwriters with an online guide to lead them through the entire evolution of the songwriting process. Her guide will help other artists overcome the emotional ups and downs of writing, performing, and producing an album, and answer technical questions associated with the complexity of recording an album. The grant will support her creative development as a songwriter and allow the community to follow her creative process of writing and recording.
MakeWork’s 2012 Jurors
David Butler, Knoxville Museum of Art
Susu Brock, Community Leader
Matt Brown, Franklin & Associates Architecture
Kitty Caldwell, Community Leader
Rondell Crier, Rondell Crier Design
Deanne Irvine, UTC Department of Music
Monica Kinsey, Track 29
Caleb Ludwick, 26 Tools
Taylor Monen, Culinary Entrepreneur
Chris Mosey, Ignis Glass
Mary Portera, Bluff View Arts District
Susan Street, Community Leader
Angela Usrey, Tanner Hill Gallery
Lacie Newton, Gaining Ground
Stratton Tingle, Prophets & Kings
Connie Valentine, Arts & Business Council of Nashville
In five short years, MakeWork has awarded 101 artists over $755,000 in grants. Our programs are funded through the private donations of over 100 community members. Thank you to the Lyndhurst Foundation for your support and dedication.