New Rocket Grants award winners announced!

Congratulations to the ten groups and individuals who received $4,000 cash awards for their proposed projects, all designed to unfold between June 2012 and June 2013!

Over 66 artists (individuals or members of collaborative groups) from throughout the 80-mile eligibility zone applied. The selected projects are located in the Greater KC metro area, St. Joseph, Topeka, and Lawrence. The final selections involve 24 artists, comprising three individual projects and seven collaborative ones.

The Awards CeremonyMay 31, from 5- 6:30pm at the Linda Hall Library – will feature 3-minute presentations about each selected project, and two 5-minute presentations about projects that received funding in 2011. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

The Rocket Grants 2012-13 Selection Panel was comprised of two national and two local jurors:

Clifford Owens is a New York-based artist who works with video, photography, installation and interactive performance art. His latest show at MOMA PS1 involved an anthology of performance scores from 26 inter-generational black artists.

Bryce Dwyer  is a Chicago-based curator, writer and cultural worker. Bryce is a founding co-director at InCUBATE (Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and the Everyday), and a guest blogger at Bad At Sports and Art 21.

Erika Nelson is the director of the traveling roadside attraction and museum The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things, and is active in the grassroots and outsider art communities in Lucas, Kansas.

Caitlin Horsmon is a Kansas City artist and educator, making films, videos and interactive works that scale the range from ‘old’ to ‘new’ medias. She is also a recipient of a 2011-12 Rocket Grants award for her project Resistant History.

More information about the winning projects.

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