The Lane Report
A newly formed arts-granting organization has awarded funding to several Kentucky artists during its inaugural grant cycle. The Louisville-based Great Meadows Foundation recognized 20 Kentucky artists, including four recipients of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, with Artists Professional Development Grants. The grants allow artists to travel to conferences, major exhibitions and art fairs to network with professionals in the field whose expertise can help them develop their practice.
Great Meadows is a grant-giving organization, launched in 2016 by contemporary art collector and philanthropist Al Shands, a winner of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts Milner Award. Its mission is to strengthen and support the visual arts in Kentucky by empowering the commonwealth’s artists and other visual-arts professionals to research, connect and participate more actively in the broader contemporary art world.
Other artists receiving grants from Great Meadows Foundation include: Kayla Bischoff, Louisville; Mary Carothers, Louisville; Brian Harper, New Albany, Ind.; Kenneth Hayden, Louisville; Jacob Heustis, Louisville; Amira Karaoud, Louisville; Jonathan McFadden, Lexington; Neli Ouzounova, Bowling Green; a collaboration between Stacey Reason and Andrew Cozzens, Louisville; Kristin Richards, Louisville; Nathan G. Smith, Louisville; Skylar Smith, Louisville; Richard Sullivan, Louisville; and Sarah West, Mt. Sterling.
For more information, visit the Great Meadows Foundation website, greatmeadowsfoundation.org.