ICA's Awards and Grants Announced 

Mary Mullaney's "Dried Poppies."

photo courtesy of heronglass.com

Mary Mullaney's "Dried Poppies."

In June, the Idaho Commission on the Arts announced the recipients of its 2011 awards and grants. These are allocated to projects in schools, communities and organizations that encourage creativity on an individual and collective basis, and aid in helping Idaho's artistic community flourish. A total $528,015 will be distributed among 89 projects and five fellowship awards across the state.

Dance companies, theaters, fine arts and writing programs from 23 towns received support for their programs, many of which provide educational outreach to students. Ballet Idaho was the recipient of a significant grant to fund their program Learning Through Dance, an artist-in-residence program that places a professional dancer-educator in third-grade classrooms for 10 weeks. This program relies solely on funding from grants and foundational support, and last year served more than 450 students from eight schools in the Treasure Valley.

The fellowship awards are rotated each year to encompass a different discipline of the arts. Last year, ICA named five literary fellows and Idaho's Writer in Residence. In 2011 the fellowships were awarded to artists for Craft, Design and Visual Art. The five recipients of the $4,000 grant are James Talbot, Amanda Hamilton and William Lewis of Boise, Marilyn Lysohir of Moscow and Mary Mullaney of Driggs.

Mullaney, whose work exemplifies "craft" art, was awarded the fellowship grant for her work in glassmaking. With 28 years of experience, she has perfected a difficult technique that involves wrapping molten-colored glass bubbles to create thin layers of colored glass, which can then be carved to create stunning imagery. Mullaney, of Heron Glass, has shown regularly at the Muse Gallery in Jackson, Wyo., but also exhibits her work nationally.

"I'm at an in-between stage" Mullaney says of her work. "I've been so focused for so long."

With a boost of $4,000, she plans to buy new tools to help her achieve a change in direction.

The 2012 application deadline for the Performing and Media Arts Fellowships, along with the grants for individuals, organizations and art education programs is January 31, 2012.

More details can be found on the ICA website at arts.idaho.gov.

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