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Artist Enrichment 2015 Grantees


Sylvia Ahrens (Lexington): $3750 to work with a mentor to create a full-length book of poetry that chronicles social injustices against women. The guidance, research, and revision time will deepen Ahrens’s commitment as a feminist writer, and the poetry will focus attention on women who have fought social injustice and inspire others to take action.

Beaded Treasures Project (Prospect): $3500 to teach advanced beadworking techniques to refugee women in Louisville, and to create a multimedia presentation documenting their personal stories and collective journey to becoming self-sufficient, empowered artists. The project will expand BTP’s programming and help the participants improve their artistry.

Bree (Pleasureville): $1000 to produce a book of drawings and collages showcasing her progress as a self-taught visual artist and raising questions about the societal taboo against women creating provocative nude and erotic art. The project will enable Bree to grow her body of work and reach new audiences with her art, and the collection will challenge assumptions and stigmas based on gender, ability, formal artistic training, and sexualized subject matter in the art world.

Dorothy Bouzouma (Lexington): $4655 to create a body of creative nonfiction documenting her experience as a woman who is an ethnic, cultural, and religious minority in her husband’s native country, Mauritania (in Northwest Africa). Working with a mentor will enhance Bouzouma’s writing skills, and the work will challenge cultural views and assumptions about female social roles, femininity, and beauty.

Chanson Calhoun (Louisville): $1000 to produce a live audio/ video recording with other women in the community called Ain’t No Thang, which will be focused on domestic violence and mental health awareness. Documenting the piece will enable her to explore her strengths and weaknesses as a recording artist, and the recording will allow participants to connect, share their stories, and address these important feminist topics through collective artistic expression.

Haydee Canovas (Louisville): $3196 to research and write a full-length play about human trafficking within the borders of the United States, to be presented in both English and Spanish. The research will help Canovas write a more compelling play, and the play will raise awareness about human trafficking and its harmful effects on women and girls around the world.

Angel Clark (Lexington):
$1500 to develop a solo photography show titled “Signs of Life,” which will reflect on her interactions with a wide range of people through her work as a healthcare professional and a community educator, artist, and activist. Creating the show will allow Clark to connect with audiences and amplify her purpose as a solo artist/ photographer, and the work will raise awareness about disenfranchised groups and the struggles faced by people who exist on the fringes of society.

Luckett Davidson (Louisville): $1500 to develop StandSTRONG, a 6-part series of highly interactive comics/ playbooks for first generation college students who are transitioning from high school to college. Working with a mentor and completing the drawings will help Davidson develop skills working in a new visual medium, and the finished work will provide leadership tools for young women and men as they enter a new and challenging phase of their educational development.

Skylar Davis (Lancaster): $1000 to create a photo series called 100 Women, which will combine unaltered photos of women with quotes from participants describing the struggles they have faced with self-image in the face of media representations of women. Incorporating stories from women with diverse perspectives and backgrounds will broaden Davis’ voice as a feminist artist, and the exhibit will challenge cultural beauty norms.

Ann Dawkins (Louisville): $1500 to complete five large scale paintings of female figures that incorporate “domestic” elements such as food, linens, houseplants, etc., as part of a larger body of work examining the objectification of women in society. Creating and exhibiting the work will help build Dawkins’s portfolio of feminist artwork, and the paintings will help raise the level of feminist discourse in her community and inspire more women to join the conversation.

Betty Dobson and the Hotel Metropolitan (Paducah): $1200 to support three public performances of a theatrical piece based on the life of Maggie Steed, owner of the historic Hotel Metropolitan—an establishment operated by and for African Americans in Paducah during segregation. The performances will enrich Dobson’s theatrical skills, and the show will educate young people about this neglected part of Paducah’s history.

Jan Durham (Lexington): $2000 to create a new body of touchable fiber art based on her mountain heritage and drawing on her own vision loss to engage others who are visually impaired. Creating the work will expand Durham’s knowledge as a fiber artist and allow her mount her first solo show. The finished pieces will bring awareness to the visual limitations of the blind and the challenges they face as artists and members of the fine arts community.

Lacy Hale (Ermine): $1000 to create multimedia visual work blending painting and digital media and exploring themes of biography, personal history, and place. The grant will provide an opportunity for Hale to explore and experiment with new mediums, and the finished work will challenge stereotypes by highlighting the strength and resilience of women from rural mountain areas in Kentucky.

Jennifer Hart (Lexington): $5000 to purchase a longarm quilting machine and to create two full size quilts depicting nude figures, to be incorporated into an interactive, multimedia installation. The project will help Hart further develop her skills as a quilt artist and enable her to create larger pieces for exhibition. The installation will foster dialogue about gender, sexuality, and the body, while shifting perceptions about the limits of fiber-based art.

Kelli Haywood (Littcarr): $1350 to attend a series of writing workshops, retreats, and seminars and to complete a collection of essays addressing feminist topics. These activities will help Haywood develop her voice as a writer and social justice activist, and the essays will provide a platform for discussion about self-esteem, sexuality, gender roles, media representation, and motherhood.

Judy Higgins (Lexington): $1725 to conduct research for a novel over a month-long stay at a sheep farm, and to work with an editor and mentor familiar with pre-Judaic culture. The activities will enable Higgins to write characters that transcend her own cultural experiences, and the novel will raise awareness about women’s roles in combating prejudice and inspire readers to speak out against injustices in their own lives.

DaMaris B. Hill (Lexington): $4000 to work on a novel called Willows of the Spring, a coming of age story that explores the relationships girls share at a juvenile detention center. The research and writing time will enable Hill to create a more authentic fictionalized depiction of the women’s suffrage movement in the Midwest, and the novel will challenge societal norms and illustrate women’s vital roles and contributions throughout American history.

Rebecca Gayle Howell (Lexington): $5000 to complete her third book, Must Be The Devil, a feminist purgatorio set in a dystopian United States, chronicling the story of a female protagonist in an America stripped by climate change and war capitalism. The collection will expand and enrich Howell’s growing body of work, which is rooted in radical and eco traditions in feminism. The finished work will encourage readers to grapple with complex issues relating to gender, violence, and capitalism in contemporary society.

Joanna Hay Productions (Frankfort): $1900 to work with journalist and mentor Betty Baye to create a short film titled Conquering Fear: Women on the Front Lines of Human Rights. The collaboration will give Hay experience with a new filmmaking process, and the film will expand the reach of the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Oral History Project and raise awareness about women at the forefront of civil rights struggles in Kentucky.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort): $2400 for Melanie Van Houten to collaborate with other artists and create multidisciplinary works for JSP programming, to expand outreach efforts, and to work toward obtaining additional funding for the park. The grant will enable Van Houten to devote more time to creating new works while reaching new audiences and creating new partnerships to promote long-term sustainability for the park.

Kate Larken (Willisburg): $1725 to complete a novel (called Slant) with strong, progressive female characters, set in a fictional rural community in the western edge of the Knobs region of Kentucky. Working on the project will help Larken further develop her literary voice, and the novel will provide a fresh perspective on environmental exploitation, religiosity, political manipulation, and community cohesion, while providing a complex depiction of an area that has not been well represented in literature.

Anne Leader (Georgetown): $2000 to upgrade her studio space and work with new media that require less physical stamina so that she may continue to create art while living with metastatic breast cancer. Creating new art during this time will enable Leader to develop skills in new mediums. The work she creates will raise awareness about women’s health care and the importance of art in women’s wellness.

BiLan Liao (Paducah): $1500 to publish a book that uses stories and paintings to capture the struggles she and her family faced during Mao Zedong’s “New China” era, and to document her journey to becoming a United States citizen. The project will expand Liao’s ability to reach new audiences, and the book will inspire other women to overcome their own challenges and pursue their dreams.

Ellyn Lichvar (Louisville): $5000 to complete her first full-length poetry manuscript, exploring a mother’s soul-searching journey in the wake of giving birth to a child with a congenital heart defect, coupled with a subsequent divorce. Completing the work will enable Lichvar to grapple with difficult life challenges through writing, and the finished book will inspire women who are in the process of overcoming similar hardships in their own lives.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville): $3750 for 14 feminist artists to participate in touring Alice in Black and White in New York City in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice Austen’s birth. Touring the play will raise awareness about this Victorian photojournalist and her life-long partner, Gertrude Tate, while also bringing national visibility to the community of artists working to create art for social change in Kentucky.

Debra Lott (Louisville): $3000 to create a series of paintings grappling with the idealistic images of women portrayed in the media. The process will challenge Lott to experiment with new techniques for working with texture and color, and varnishes, and the paintings will foster dialogue about the unrealistic and harmful standards the media sets for women and girls.

Maiden Radio (Louisville): $5000 to create collaborative recordings of music from women in eastern and central Kentucky and to compile them into a digital album and book. Recording the songs in collaboration will develop the band’s recording, engineering, and production skills, and the final product will bring the voices and talents of participating women to new audiences and highlight their contributions to Kentucky’s rich music tradition.

Sue Massek (Willisburg): $3760 to work with actor/ director Divina Cook to further develop Massek’s one-woman play, Precious Memories. Working with a mentor will improve her acting skills and allow Massek to present the material more effectively, and the play will continue to bring the powerful story and music of feminist activist Sarah Ogan Gunning to new audiences across Kentucky.

Robbie Jaye McCreary (Louisville): $3000 to create a dance video featuring African American dancers and addressing the challenges facing communities in West Louisville. Working on the project will enable McCreary to develop as a community-based artist, and the work will foster dialogue about how to inspire, support, and engage youth in the community.

Greta Jo McDonough (Owensboro): $1000 to interview and photograph lacemakers in Koniakow, Poland and capture their stories and artistic traditions through photographs and essays, culminating in a traveling exhibit. The project will strengthen her skills as a feminist photographer and writer, and the exhibit will bring their stories to a wide audience of women and girls throughout Kentucky.

Leslie Nichols (Bowling Green): $5000 to create and exhibit large scale portraits of women who are social activists, cultural workers, and artists in south central Kentucky. Working collaboratively with other feminist artists will help Nichols more fully develop her own voice as an feminist artist, and the exhibit will bring the stories of these powerful Kentucky women to new local, regional, and national audiences.

Reedmywords Inc (Louisville): $1350 for Jasemine “Jazzy J” Reed to host a series of writing workshops with women and girls, to participate in a series of poetry competitions, and to invest in publishing and audio tools related to her art. The competitions will increase Reed’s confidence and artistry as a writer and performer, and the workshops will provide a supportive environment for women and girls to develop their voices as feminist artists.

Beth Reitmeyer (Bowling Green): $1500 to collaborate with local musicians and to create a traveling installation using sculptural geodes and rocks designed to spark interaction. The project will provide an opportunity for Reitmeyer to develop three-dimensional art skills and collaborate with artists outside of her own medium. The installation will build community by creating a space where diverse people can come together and interact in a positive way.

Rheonna Nicole (Louisville): $2284 to attend the National Women of the World poetry slam, and to organize a local poetry slam in her community. The national event will help Thornton hone her skills as a spoken word artist, and the local slam will create a safe, creative space for other women in the community to perform.

Scz (Louisville): $2000 to partner with FORward radio to record and produce a monthly program called Liberation Chronicles, which will combine personal history, community archiving, and music production. The activities will allow Zarantonello to deepen her audio production skills and gain full autonomy over recording, mixing, and production processes, and the radio program will highlight stories that will shift community understanding and awareness about the experiences of people living at the margins of society.

Bianca Spriggs (Lexington): $1150 to develop her screenplay for a series of four short films, Woman at the Gate, which chronicle the stories of four strong women and their diverse journeys in pursuit of personal freedom. Completing the screenplay will enable Spriggs to work in a new genre, marking a new phase in her artistic career, and the finished work will inspire women and girls to face adversity with grace and tell their own stories of transition and triumph.

Ashley Thursby (Louisville): $3400 to choreograph a piece called Collective Perception, which will look at gender pay inequality through the dancer’s collective perspectives. Working in collaboration with the dancers will help Thursby develop as a feminist artist, and the piece will raise awareness about the gender wage gap among both the participants and the audience.

Sarah West (Mount Sterling): $3000 to create two large fabric sculptures that draw from the visual and spatial qualities of the landscape and agrarian buildings of central rural Kentucky. The project will help West refine her technical and creative approach to large fabric installation projects, and the pieces will challenge gender norms by blending a traditionally female art form with traditionally male subject matter.

Whitney Withington (Big Hill): $1750 to lead two bookmaking workshops, and to develop an instructional booklet for use in these workshops. Creating the materials will strengthen Withington’s skills as a teacher, and the journals created through the workshops will create positive representations of women in Appalachia while also providing participants with tools for expression.

WIT – Women in Theater (Fort Thomas): $1750 to purchase professional lighting equipment to raise the level of production as they bring plays by, for, and about women to the stage. Having professional lighting will attract a stronger group of actors and provide more opportunities for female playwrights, actors, and directors to gain recognition in the local theatre scene.
Dorlene Woods (Louisville): $2000 to create a four-week photography class at Neighborhood House in the Portland neighborhood. The class will help Woods develop as a photographer and educator, and will provide young women in a low-income area with the opportunity to learn a new skill and express themselves creatively.


Artist Enrichment 2014 Grantees

Constance Alexander (Murray): $3,000.00 to write a performance piece showcasing the range of women’s  care giving roles through the stories of midwives and end-of-life caregivers. These pieces will inspire dialogue about the essential role women play as caregivers from the beginning to the end of life.

Red Biddix (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to create a community mural in west Louisville. Creating the mural will enable her to develop as a feminist artist, and the project will foster a sense of community and spark conversations about how to create positive social change.

Susan Bond (Louisville): $6,000.00 to complete a memoir addressing gender issues in outdoor adventure while embarking on a solo hike of the Appalachian trail. The memoir will raise awareness about sexual harassment, violence, and other challenges faced by women hikers and offer feminist strategies for navigating those challenges.

Nora Burton (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to work with an editor on her memoir, which deals with physical, emotional, and sexual childhood abuse. Working with the editor will enhance her capabilities as a writer, and the memoir will raise awareness about childhood abuse and inspire others to tell their stories.

Ellie Clark and Vanessa Becker Weig (Lexington): $1,000.00 to develop new outreach and education materials for The Girl Project, through which teenage girls will create art that promotes positive images of women and girls. The activities will expand their reach by allowing them to work with new populations of girls, and by fostering relationships between organizations that share common goals.

Mary F. Cummins (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to work with an editor to complete her autobiography and prepare it for publication. Working with the editor will strengthen her skills as a writer, and writing her story will bring awareness to the issue of sex trafficking in Kentucky.

Arwen Donahue (Carlisle):  $2,000.00 to create a series of watercolor environmental portraits of agrarian women artists and writers, and to create a multimedia website linking portraits to oral history interviews with the artists. She will create art that is rooted in land and community, and the finished work will facilitate dialogue about the connections between farming, food, creativity, health, and empowerment.

Vaughan Fielder (Lexington):  $2,000.00 to research the viability of creating a freely available, accessible, user-driven, not-for-profit database that would benefit independent poets and poetry presses. The project will allow her to use her technical skills creatively to collaborate with other feminist artists. The website and database will create new opportunities for small presses and poets who have been marginalized in the mainstream publishing world.

Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort):  $7,000.00 to collaborate with other women artists through residencies at her eco-feminist sculpture park, and to work towards increased exposure and long-term sustainability of the park’s programs. The collaborations will help her grow as an artist, provide new opportunities for feminist artists from inside and outside of the state, and enhance the park’s artistic programming.

Diane Kahlo (Lexington):  $3,000.00 to hire a professional photographer/ videographer to create a virtual tour of her exhibit about the disappearances and murders of women in Juarez, Mexico. The project will enable her to reach new audiences, and the exhibit will raise awareness about the many forms of violence against women in Mexico and beyond.

Judith C. Owens Lalude (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to translate a series of feminist social change books and their related programs into braille, large print, and audio for the visually impaired. Adapting the books and programming in this way will allow her to reach a new population of readers with her materials, providing a platform for discussing the how slavery and struggles for civil rights have shaped the history of the United States.

Lori Larusso (Lexington):  $1,600.00 to create and exhibit a body of work focused on the feeling of disconnect often experienced by women in domestic spaces. The artist will experiment with new techniques while exploring the theme of domesticity through painting. The exhibit will promote dialogue about the challenges of domestic work and the ways in which domesticity has evolved over time in the United States.

Ada Limón (Lexington):  $3,000.00 to write a full-length book of poetry that delves into the personal stories of women in communities directly impacted by mountaintop removal mining. Writing the book will allow her to shift her artistic focus from writing in her own voice to writing in other women’s voices. The completed book will help bring both local and national awareness to the impacts of mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville):  $4,000.00 to support a week-long artistic exchange with a group of six Guatemalan women with whom they have been working over a period of ten years, and to create a one-act multilingual performance piece reflecting on their work together. The exchange will allow them to share cross-cultural artistic approaches to using theatre for social justice, strengthening their partnership and their work as feminist artists.

Genevieve Mangine (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to research and write a fictional piece about a 19th century abolitionist who encounters her own prejudices as she seeks to help women who are experiencing sexual slavery in the antebellum South. The project will expand her skills as a researcher and a writer, and the novel’s complex, compassionate characters will encourage readers to see the world through a less polarizing lens.

Sue Massek (Willisburg):  $3,000.00 to study with actor and director Davina Cook in order to strengthen the script of her one-woman play, Precious Memories. This collaboration will enhance her skills as an artist and help make the play a more powerful social change tool. The play will raise awareness about the history of the coal field wars in eastern Kentucky and how they relate to contemporary labor and class issues, as well as their intersection with other forms of oppression.

Amanda Matthews (Lexington):  $6,000.00 to create a bronze casting of a life-size dryad sculpture as part of a feminist sculpture series. Creating the sculpture will expand the breadth of her professional portfolio as an artist and educator, and the completed work will inspire reflection on the power and beauty of women and nature.

Sarah McCartt-Jackson (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to complete her poetry manuscript examining the long-term effects of living in an abusive relationship. Writing the collection will help her develop as a poet and the manuscript will challenge conventional notions about  abuse while examining issues of gender, domesticity, marriage, coupleship, unmotherhood, body, and home.

Carrie Mullins (Mount Vernon):  $5,000.00 to travel to Croatia to research her next novel, which depicts a female protagonist who is a commander in the Croatian Army. The research will allow her to learn about Croatian culture and enhance her ability to write believable characters outside of her own culture. The novel will challenge simplistic and static depictions of women by developing a believable and complex female character that is both strong and deeply flawed.

Donna Neary (Louisville):  $2,100.00 for travel costs to retrace the steps of Leah Smith Lightner, an agent of change in post-World War II Germany. Embarking on this trip will bring her to a new understanding of Smith’s personal narratives of post war trauma, and the finished work will bring Smith’s story to a wider audience and raise awareness about her efforts to offer restorative justice to those injured by war.

Beth Nolte (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to work with a mentor, and to create a series of self portraits for her first solo exhibit, which will focus on themes of compassion, spiritual connection, and embodiment. Working with a mentor will help her develop artistically, and the project will raise awareness about the importance of self-compassion.

Jordie Oetken (Louisville):  $6,500.00 to further her training as a professional stuntwoman and develop a photographic body of work that explores falling in relation to the process of forgetting. This project will help her establish her artistic identity while enhancing her technical skill. The photographic series will depict women as strong, commanding subjects, challenging dominant gender conventions in the film industry.

Tracy Pennington (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to collaborate with other feminist artists to create a body of mosaic art around the theme of pain and power. Creating the mosaics will allow her and her collaborators to reflect on their own struggles through artmaking, and the exhibit will foster awareness and dialogue about art as a healing force.

Sarah Jane Sanders (Frankfort):  $2,800.00 to participate in a series of workshops and to create photographs focusing on women, food, and food culture. Attending the workshops will improve the quality of her images, and the photo series will celebrate women’s contributions to their families and communities, and encourage dialogue about their role in nourishing others and sustaining life.

Staci R. Schoenfeld (Frankfort):  $5,000.00 to complete her first full-length poetry manuscript, which engages with issues of child abuse and mental illness. Writing the poems will help her explore themes of trauma, healing, and forgiveness through writing and the finished book will inspire other survivors of abuse to break their silence and speak their truth.

Betty Jane Shepherd (Frankfort):  $1,000.00 to work on her memoir about overcoming life’s obstacles and achieving her dreams. Writing and publishing the memoir will increase the reach of her work and give her confidence as a writer. The memoir will empower women to have hope, stand up for themselves, face their own obstacles, and change their lives.

Misty Skaggs (Olive Hill): $2,900.00 to assist in a writing workshop for teenagers at West Carter High School in Olive Hill, and work toward the creation of similar opportunities for youth in other eastern Kentucky communities. Working with youth will add depth to her work by allowing her to reflect on her own childhood growing up in Appalachia, and the project will create new opportunities for young people in the region.

Bonita Skaggs-Parsons (Morehead):  $1,000.00 to establish a reliable Internet connection in her home and expand her body of work as a feminist artist. The Internet connection will increase her effectiveness as an artist by broadening her reach and increasing her exposure, and her artwork will raise awareness about a range of contemporary issues facing the Appalachian region.
Ellen Skidmore (Lexington):  $7,000.00 to complete a series of illustrations for a children’s book about a girl with a speech impediment who communicates through painting. Creating the paintings and the book will enhance her skills as an artist. The book will teach young girls important lessons about bullying, alienation, insecurity, and self-empowerment.

Sara Louise Soltau (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to teach, observe, and perform violin as part of a unique program at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center for Women in Eagle River, Alaska. The knowledge and experience she gains will help her open a dialogue about the potential benefits of this kind of program for incarcerated women in Kentucky.

Bianca Spriggs and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (Lexington):  $5,000.00 to edit and publish an anthology of poetry that focuses on powerful feminist women in literature and history. Editing the anthology will allow them to work with other writers around a unified theme, and the anthology will bring awareness to powerful women in history through an accessible artistic medium.

Robin Waggoner (Grayson):  $1,000.00 to attend an Appalachian conference to aid in editing and revising her play, “Traipsin’Woman: The Jean Thomas Story.” The conference will help her connect with other artists and build her writing skills. The play will raise awareness about Thomas and the work she has done collecting and preserving Appalachian ballads.

Dane Elizabeth Waters (Louisville):  $2,100.00 to compose, record, mix, master, and produce a vinyl LP on the theme of the empowered female voice through experimental vocalizations. Completing the project will help her develop stronger composing, promotion and entrepreneurial skills, and the LP will inspire other female musicians to push the boundaries of the male-dominated music industry.

Sullivan Canaday White (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to create a festival of plays that celebrates the work of Kentucky and national women theatre artists. Creating the festival will expand her skills as a director, and allow her to connect with feminist artists in the Lexington community. The festival will increase opportunities for female artists and encourage people from different communities within Lexington to find common connections through the arts.

Lindsey Windland (Berea):  $1,000.00 to create a collection of work that explores the tradition of embroidery by blending traditional and contemporary styles and techniques used by women across time and space. Completing the collection will allow her to experiment with new techniques. The finished pieces will encourage viewers to see embroidery as a fine art, and its practitioners as creative and capable artists.

Whitney Withington (Big Hill):  $1,000.00 to attend a week-long bookmaking workshop, to create 50 handmade blank journals to create space for women’s written storytelling, and to lead a small bookmaking workshop for women in Kentucky. Attending the workshop will improve her bookmaking skills and allow her to experiment with new techniques, and leading her own workshop will provide an opportunity for other Kentucky women artists to learn about bookmaking.             

Frankie Wolf (Lexington):  $5,000.00 to research and write a novel based on a fictitious matriarchal culture in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. The research will allow her to gain new knowledge and skills that will help her write a more believable and realistic novel. The novel will provide young female readers with strong female characters and will foster an appreciation for Kentucky’s natural history and native cultures.


Artist Enrichment 2013 Grantees

Beaded Treasures Project (Prospect):  $2,860.00 to create short videos with refugee women telling their stories about building power through jewelry making. Through their  artistic skills, the women gain financial independence and self-expression. Marketing their jewelry increases awareness of the circumstances refugee women face in Kentucky as well as in their own countries.

Bricollage, Senior Woman’s Art Group (Berea):  $1,000.00 for six mature Appalachian women to create a traveling exhibition of visual art addressing inequalities faced by women of all ages in Kentucky. Creating the art will  increase their understanding of current feminist concerns. The exhibition will facilitate intergenerational dialogue through targeted discussions at colleges and universities around the state.

Monica B. Brown (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to work with a mentor to complete her young adult novel, “My Eyes Are Listening,” about an African American girl’s struggle to keep her mother’s fiancée from abusing her family. Working with a mentor will help her develop as a more expressive and creative writer. The completed novel will help women and girls find their inner voice and speak out against abuse.

Cindy Butor (Nicholasville):  $4,020.00 to create a short comic book about Russian women soldiers in WWII.  She will improve her graphic design skills, and the comic book will raise awareness about these “frontovichi” women and engage the Lexington community in a dialogue of women’s roles in combat.

Jacquelyn C. Carruthers (Paducah):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to paint portraits of women from around the world, to show their individual beauty and cultural differences. She will develop her skills as a visual artist. The portraits will reflect cultural diversity and raise awareness about the strength of women from around the world.

Jessica Lyne Caudill (Morehead):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to research a collection of essays about the parallels between women’s issues in Chinese and American culture, based on her extended family relationships and experiences. The research will broaden her writing, and book will raise awareness about the expectations and perceptions of women in the two cultures.

Rae Cobbs (Louisville):  $4,500.00 to complete her first novel, “Blake’s Crossing,” a story about a young girl with repressed memories of abuse experienced at an early age.  Completing the novel will help her develop as a writer. The novel will explore themes of innocence, abuse, racial prejudice and art’s healing power.

Joan Dance (Paducah):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to develop materials for folk art classes for women with disabilities in her community, She will portray generational culture and folklore in her artwork, and participants will connect and learn from one another.

Shawna Dellecave of IamIs (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to create an audio CD, “Go Supernovae!,” exploring  the theme of personal relationships. She will develop her skills as a recording artist, music marketer and band manager, which will help broaden the experiences and perceptions of women in the independent music community.

Kathi E.B. Ellis (Louisville):  $1,100.00 to study Spanish and more effectively engage Spanish-speaking members of the theatre community in Kentucky. Increasing her fluency will broaden her artistic work, particularly in bilingual environments, and enable her to engage diverse audience members in dialogue about feminist and human rights topics addressed in the plays she directs.

Linda Erzinger (Louisville):  $1,650.00 to learn from artists and activists working in recycled materials in other states about aesthetics, construction techniques and marketing strategies for community created public sculptures. She will improve her skills in facilitating community art projects, and her sculptures will inspire critical thinking about people’s power as consumers.

Jessica Farquhar (Louisville):  $2,300.00 to create a manuscript of poems exploring the fragmented identity that mothers can feel. She will develop experimental techniques to enhance her skills and confidence as a poet. Her poems will validate women’s experiences by articulating emotional truths about the realistic struggles of motherhood.

Stacy Michelle Frett (Murray):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to create photographic self-portraits that convey her strength and beauty as a modern woman. This will help build her confidence as a feminist artist and presenter. The artwork will inspire women to feel at ease with themselves, their sexuality and their artistic potential.

Wanda Fries (Somerset):  $3,650.00 to research a novel from the point of view of Catherine Blake, artist, craftsperson and commercial printer, married to William Blake. The novel will highlight marriage equality in a transformative period in the development of human rights. The novelist will engage in a new level of scholarship and research.

Jennifer Gibson (Morganfield):  $3,110.00  to develop an autobiographical poetry chapbook, “Coaxing Thomasina,” about her experience as an incest and domestic violence survivor. Creating these poems will build her confidence as an artist.  She will share her poems with women at domestic violence shelters and sexual abuse centers to help inspire other survivors find their strength and take control of their own destinies.

Grayson Gallery and Art Center (Grayson): $3,750.00 to hold a screenwriting workshop for women in Carter County featuring writer/director Allison Anders. The workshop will help establish the Gallery as a center for feminist art in Eastern Kentucky, and provide young women with tools to help them create meaningful and provocative art through writing and film.

Carrie Green (Lexington):  $4,200.00 to create poems about the women writers and visual artists who produced the groundbreaking 19th century book,Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio.. Her research will enrich her poetry and help her become an established feminist artist in her community. The poetry will raise awareness of the contributions of women to ornithology.

Leslie Guttman (Lexington):  $5,280.00 to revise her screenplay, “Foaling Season,” about a female war correspondent who overcomes post-traumatic stress disorder by returning home to Kentucky.

Jennifer Hart (Lexington):  $4,430.00 to create art quilts transforming pornographic images from the internet into positive, beautiful and humanized nude figures. Making the quilts will strengthen her artistic voice as a feminist, and the work will encourage dialogue about the effects of pornography in today’s  culture and challenge perceptions about the limits of fiber-based work.

Julie Hensley (Richmond):  $2,116.00  for time and skill building to complete “The Recklessness of Water,” a novel about secrets among three generations of southern women. She will increase her confidence in herself and her art. Her novel will illuminate eco-feminist themes and portray motherhood and the domestic sphere as potential sources of women’s empowerment.

Leigh Anne Hornfeldt (Georgetown):  $3,000.00 to write a full length poetry manuscript exploring gendered family relationships and  a chapbook of persona poems in the voice of Catwoman, to claim her power as a woman behind the mask. She will explore her own notions of feminism and challenge beliefs about women’s roles. The completed work will encourage dialogue about power and sexuality in our society.

Jason Howard (Berea):  $4,900.00 to create and edit an anthology of essays, poems, songs and memoirs exploring the relationship between gay men and strong women, titled “The Women We Love: A Gay Homage.” He will enhance his biographical writing skills leatrn about the influence of strong females on prominent international gay authors. The anthology will demonstrate feminism’s impact on men and highlight women’s contributions to social change and social justice in the LGBTQ community.

Cynthia Ryan Kelly (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to create new paintings addressing racial and gender discrimination to mark the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer in Mississippi. She will develop as an artist by finding her voice in a large scale project. The artwork will inspire reflection and dialogue about the continued importance of civil rights struggles in the United States.

Christine Kuhn (Lexington):  $2,860.00 to help renovate her studio to increase the time she can dedicate to experiment in painting and sculpture. She will use the studio space as a teaching space and community gathering place, hosting monthly gatherings and exhibits, leading to an increased sense of community in her neighborhood.

Ariel Lavery (Murray):  $2,000.00 to create a series of sculptures using domestic found objects that reflect the roles played by western Kentucky women. She will focus on a new technique  and finding her feminist artistic voice. The completed work will reimagine domestic life and challenge viewers’ preconceptions about gender roles.

Ramona Dallum Lindsey (Louisville):  $1,270.00 for studio space to create textile sculptures merging quilting and needlepoint skills with weaving and beading, using repurposed and sustainable materials. She will develop as an artist by experimenting with sculptural art in different environments. Her work will inspire women and girls to define their identities and purpose for themselves.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville):  $4,200.00 to support the regional premier of Catherine Filloux’s Luz,  highlighting women and the US immigration system and the global scale of gender-based violence. The company will strengthen their skill and national exposure. The production will strengthen the company’s relationships with Latina and immigrant women in Kentucky.

Ebony Marshman (Bowling Green):  $1,025.00 to encourage her to create portraits informed by feminism exploring the intersection of race, sexuality and violence in women’s lives. She will expand her knowledge of feminist theory and establish a studio practice. The work will spark community dialogue about race and sexuality.

Journey McAndrews (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to research and write a full-length collection of poetry called “Rusted Legacy,” exploring domestic violence and sex trafficking in the voices of four Kentucky females. She will advance her writing skills and the completed work will link issues of sexual violence to larger social, political and religious inequalities and help abused women create healthy and liberated lives.

Kelly Moffett (Independence):  $2,650.00 to research and write poems about Black Madonnas in southern France. She will expand her capacities as a writer and  her research will inform her role as feminist, advisor and mentor for other women.

Amanda Jo Runyon (Draffin):  $4,000.00 to attend the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop and complete a collection of short stories linked by themes of social, emotional and mental turmoil in Appalachian female characters. She will develop her characters and polish her writing. Her stories will open dialogue about the complexities of mental and emotional stress in the Appalachian region and beyond, and help women better cope with their own challenges.

Karen Slack (Lexington):  $4,000.00 to commission a woman composer to write two complete song cycles showcasing African Queens, Native American women warriors, and other strong female historical figures. She will expand her scope as a classical vocal artist by performing these compositions, and the completed work will raise awareness about powerful women who affected political and social change in their societies.

Tytianna Nikia Maria Wells Smith (Louisville):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to develop a collection of  poetry and prose to be incorporated into a treatment program for young female survivors of trauma and abuse. Revising her poetry will help her develop as a feminist writer and activist. The poetry will help these girls and young women confront their pasts, break the cycle of generational violence and transform their lives.

Bianca Spriggs (Lexington):  $4,500.00 to continue research, writing and editing “The Thirteen,” a multimedia narrative paying homage to Black women and girls lynched or murdered in Kentucky in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She will grow as a social change artist by taking these stories to the communities where the violence took place. The narrative will highlight the  historical importance of these stories and foster dialogue about how they relate to contemporary violence against women

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (Lexington):  $2,500.00 to complete the first draft of her memoir, “For Katya,” about a young Bulgarian woman who rebels against the patriarchal rules in her family and society. She will develop as a memoir writer, and the story will help survivors of childhood abuse or women who feel disempowered by early, unplanned pregnancies find hope, strength and inspiration.

Lisa Taylor (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to attend a writers conference and complete a novel about an eleven year old girl scientist. She will develop as a writer, and the novel will show middle school girls that they can succeed in scientific fields and societal pressures should not determine or limit their career choices.

Susie Thiel (Lexington):  $2,000.00 to attend a workshop and collaborate in creating a dance exploring the theme of women’s empowerment. The workshop will refine and inspire her own creative process as a dance maker. The completed work will generate discussion and raise awareness about women’s issues.

Upper Town Heritage Foundation (Paducah): $1,644.00 to encourage Betty Dobson to produce a play called “Ms. Maggie,” about an African American woman owner of the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah in an era of segregation. Ms. Dobson will grow as a feminist social change artist. The play will spark dialogue and action about changing the way African American women and girls are portrayed.

Melanie Van Houten (Frankfort):  $2,250.00 to support her collaborative, eco-feminist large-scale artwork, Josephine Sculpture Park, including the artisttic programs, website, and a documentary about the mission of the park The park provides opportunities for participants  to experience artmaking and reflect on art in a natural environment.

Lindsey Windland (Berea):  $2,235.00  to create fiber work representing home, identity, womanhood and leadership.  She will develop her embroidery, rendering, illustration and composition skills, and create a complete feminist collection. The work will shift awareness about embroidery and modern Appalachian women’s experiences with self-sufficiency, child rearing and gender roles.

Whitney Withington ($1,000.00 to encourage her to create handmade journals featuring pictures of women from around the world. She will develop her skills as a bookmaker and the journals will highlight the importance of storytelling in women’s lives.


Artist Enrichment 2012 Grantees

B. Elizabeth Beck (Lexington):  $1,000.00 to attend workshops and develop her full-length manuscript of autobiographical lyrical poems, “Grandma’s Mink & Army Jackets,” about her experiences overcoming incest, rape and domestic violence. She will develop her skills as narrative poet, and her poems can help empower women and inspire them to overcome trauma in their own lives.

Joan Brannon (Lexington):  $4,000.00 to participate in a two-week study trip to Conakry, Guinea to learn West African drumming, percussion and drum-making. She will develop as a performance artist and teacher and use her understanding of the history and current role of women in West Africa to inspire more girls and women to drum.

Dawn Bunch (Louisville):  $5,000.00  to purchase equipment to create a new body of visual art addressesing the impact of violent acts on females and how they reclaim their bodies and power. She will learn new skills and techniques, and her paintings will raise awareness about preventing and healing trauma that women experience.

Julie-Anna Carlisle (Hopkinsville):  $1,000.00 to encourage her work on “Finding Forty,” documentary photography and prose inspired by feminist ethics about women crossing into their middle years. She will enhance her skills as a photographer and writer, and her work will portray powerful women and represent female aging as wisdom, experience and power.

Kelli Carmean (Lexington):  $2,600.00 to support a writing retreat for “Falling Jade Bead,” a work of historical fiction set among the ancient Maya. The novel will raise awareness of the important role Mayan women played in their societies to help inspire shifts in actions, attitudes and behaviors about gender roles in our contemporary world.

Angelique Clay (Lexington):  $2,600.00 to develop a recital series and recording featuring selected songs from seven African-American women composers active in the late 20th and early 21st century. She will develop as a musician and the recitals and recording will raise awareness about African-American women composers and inspire aspiring women of color composers.

Kelly Davenport (Louisville):  $2,250.00  to participate in an astrophotography landscape and image editing workshop to create a collection of images showing the natural beauty of the night sky in Kentucky. She will gain the technical foundation she needs, and her images will inspire women to learn more about science and nature, spark a sense of awe and imagination, and show viewers how to be better stewards of the earth.

Renée Deemer (Bowling Green):  $3,000.00  to create a short experimental video combining allegorical images of the feminine psyche based in literature, myth and archetypes along with her personal vision. The activities will develop her visual lexicon as a feminist artist and the piece will inspire an inner dialogue in women viewers about what images resonate with them, and invite them to explore their own personal interpretations of feminine experience.

Kathi E.B. Ellis (Louisville):  $2,500.00 to attend LaMama International Symposium for Directors, which brings together artists from throughout the world. She will learn from world-class artists, think beyond the norms of the local arts community, and energize her artistic practice. She will share her lessons and experiences with theatre companies in Kentucky.

Frankie Finley (Lexington):  $2,500.00 to participate in a writing workshop to develop her memoir about a family raising a child following same-sex “divorce.” She will be enriched as a writer, and the memoir will help raise awareness about the feminist issues of marriage equality, parenting rights and protecting children.

Mary Hamilton (Frankfort):  $1,000.00 to research and develop historical storytelling about Kentuckian Patty Smith Hill (1868-1946), a nationally known early childhood educator and children’s advocate who co-wrote the “Happy Birthday” song. She will develop her writing and historical storytelling skills, expand public knowledge of women’s history, and inspire others to advocate for children and their families.

Nicole Hand (Almo):  $3,113.00 to produce a series of eight etchings for printmaking that explore inequalities in relationships, specifically concerning gender within the traditional family structure. She will push her feminist ideas to a new place, and her artwork will raise awareness about gender inequality and inspire young women and artists to feel empowered by feminist voices.

Donna Ison (Lexington):  $2,000.00  to develop a piece of creative nonfiction titled “Taking Back Me: From Glamour Girl to Off-the-Grid,” the story of her living independently and simply for one year.  She will define herself and emerge with a more powerful perspective as a woman and as an artist, and her work will inspire women to take back their identities and live as they truly desire.

Julia Johnson (Lexington):  $2,000.00 to support an artist residency to advance a book-length manuscript of poems based on the work of twentieth-century Surrelist artist Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985), whose work engages feminist themes. She will immerse herself in Oppenheim’s work and create new poems that engage new forms to express visual art. Her poetry will raise awareness about Oppenheim and spark conversation around controversial feminist themes.

Diane Kahlo (Lexington):  $6,500.00 to transport her installation about the feminicide taking place in Juarez, Mexico to gallery, university and alternative spaces across the nation and to create a new component that addresses human and sex trafficking. The exhibitions and discussions will help her make her work more visually interesting, and the installations will explore the relationships between poverty, unemployment, corporate exploitation and the objectification of women globally.

Shawna Khalily (Louisville):  $5,800.00 to develop a series of eight large-scale hand-colored woodcut prints entitled, “Homo Luminous: Beings of Light,” exploring themes of gender balance and fluidity. She will learn to create more fluid expression of her figures, and advance her drawing and carving techniques. Her work will present visual images of a more inclusive, unified and harmonious global and cosmic consciousness.

Annie Langan (Prospect):  $4,000.00 to create photographs documenting female farmers throughout Kentucky. She will enhance her skills, and her work will represent women in a strong, positive light and convey a sense of the power of women.

Susan Lindsey (Louisville):  $1,000.00 for her nonfiction book about fifteen formerly enslaved women and men from Christian County, KY, who immigrated to Liberia in 1836. She will learn writing and researching about free women and enslaved people, and the completed work will help readers understand the issues of slavery and colonization, and the roles of women in Kentucky and Liberia.

Anita M. Majors (Louisville):  $1,000.00  for her original television show, “The Tax Lady Sings,” combining financial education with original music. She will be able to focus on creative aspects, and the show will help women improve their financial situations and contribute to economic change in their families.

Kri Martin (Louisville):  $1,000.00 for her multi-media children’s story about a young girl who lives in the KY foster care system and overcomes adversity through her writing and deawings. The completed story will inspire young people to find and speak their voice and see their full potential, which will help create change in society.

Amanda Matthews (Lexington):  $5,795.00  to purchase an electric ring bending machine for metal fabrication to create a series of large-scale circular and spiral feminist sculptures. She will be able to work with a variety of metals, and the sculptures will show the wisdom, love, perseverance, greatness and connectedness of all women.

Jennifer Hester Mattox (Paris):  $2,700.00  to attend the ThrillerFest conference and advance her work on suspense novels about feminist heroines. She will learn new writing techniques and meet literary agents, and her writing about empowered female characters living in Kentucky will help change the way women are portrayed in suspense novels.

Marie Mitchell (Richmond):  $2,400.00  to travel to Prince of Peace orphanage in Guatemala to develop her novel about a fictionalized girl who is placed at the orphanage. She will advance as a writer by focusing on her first solo book, and the book will help raise awareness about the literacy and economic condition of women in Guatemala.

Rene Orth (Louisville):  $4,500.00 to create a full piano and vocal recording of her chamber opera, “The Red Thread,” about the effects of China’s one-child policy on two mothers and a baby girl. She will develop as a composer and the recording will help her work be staged and fully performed, which will raise awareness about the One-Child policy and its affect on women in China.

Tina Parker (Berea):  $2,059.00 to revise and seek publication for her full-length manuscript series of linked narrative poems about a young girl’s journey into womanhood. She will work with poet and mentor Leatha Kendrick to enrich her growth as a feminist writer, bring her work to a wider audience and encourage women to question gender roles and tell their stories.

Chrisena Ricci (Lexington):  $1,000.00  to direct a play called “Smudge,” by Rachel Axler, about a family struggling with post-partum depression.  She will grow as an artist and establish herself as a young female director, and the play will bring attention to the challenges of motherhood.

Rachel Showman (Lakeside Park):  $1,000.00 to encourage her to develop her non-fiction book and website about her life as an active-duty army wife. She will develop as a writer, and the book will help educate Kentuckians about the daily life and struggles of their military neighbors and address the stereotype of an army wife.

Mitzi Sinnott (Flatwoods):  $2,500.00 to work with a graphic designer to create a website highlighting her work as an artist and educator, which will help her advance her career as a feminist social change artist. Her work exploring feminist and social justice issues will reach veterans, civilians and families and help promote healthier self-esteem in girls.

Savannah Sipple (Beattyville):  $3,168.00 to participate in a residency and complete a manuscript called “South Fork,” that is a collection of persona poems in the voice of different community members in a small town in Appalachia. She will develop as a poet and complete her first published collection. The collection will present strong female personas who challenge the conventions of their culture, and draw attention to the complexities of the issues that affect Appalachia, and America today.

Bianca Spriggs (Lexington):  $7,444.00 to support her poetry about thirteen black women who were lynched in Kentucky in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a multimodal production called “The Thirteen,” incorporating her poems with visual art and music, to explore the racial, political and socio-economic climate that may have led to their executions. She will broaden her experience as an artist, and the poetry will draw parallels around how these women’s lives and deaths correlate to contemporary examples of abuse and violence.

Pam Swisher (Louisville):  $2,250.00  to purchase equipment and incorporate new shooting and editing techniques into three video projects that will each increase exposure of local lesbian-identified artists.  She will expand her work as an independent artist, and her work will redefine “making it” to mean collaboratively creating with and gaining support and inspiration from women artists in her community.

Doris Thurber (Frankfort):  $2,775.00 to participate in a five-day batik workshop to advance her expertise and to incorporate new skills into her work, depicting stories of women, nature and spirit. She will express her feminist and spiritual ideas in her teaching and her art, which will convey the importance of feminist values.

Diana Vandeveer (Louisville):  $2,000.00  to develop a nonfiction book & workbook that explores the life changes and healing process for widows.  She will develop as a writer and learn more about widows’ needs, and the book will help women in this life-changing situation have a voice and purposeful future.

Nieta Wigginton (Lexington):  $2,046.00  to research, develop and market the first biography of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, a leader and visionary who helped African American women see the harmonious role of being both civil rights and women’s rights advocates. She will develop as a children’s book writer, and the completed work will raise awareness about Height’s contributions and inspire and encourage children t