Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grants

Great Meadows Foundation announces first Curator Travel Grants awards
March 16, 2017

Louisville, May 3, 2017


Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grants

Great Meadows Foundation is pleased to announce the award of 19 grants to artists in the Kentucky region through the third round of the Artist Professional Development Grants program. Supporting artists from across the state, the grants will enable recipients to travel to visit major exhibitions, conferences, and residencies, and to connect with professionals in the field whose expertise can help them develop their practice.

Grantee artists in this cycle are: Mary Carothers, Louisville; Ying Kit Chan, Louisville; Rebecca Hamlin Green, Owensboro; Thaniel Ion Lee, Louisville; Larry Malott, Hebron; Scott Massey, Louisville; Jonathan McFadden, Lexington; Remi (Tara Remington), Louisville; Emily Sheehan, Louisville; Rachel Singel, Louisville; James Robert Southard, Lexington; Hunter Stamps, Lexington; Valerie Sullivan Fuchs, Shelbyville; Felicia Szorad, Lexington; Travis Townsend, Lexington; Melissa Vandenberg, Richmond; Brad Vetter, Louisville; Michael Wallace, Morehead; Matt Weir, Louisville.

Grantees were selected with the advice of an external reviewer, a professional in the field from outside the region. The amount of support given in the 19 grants totals $56,500.-, with individual awards ranging between $1,500.- and $4,400.-. Grantee artists will be enabled to travel to American cities Burlington (VT), Denver (CO), Kansas City (MO), New Orleans (LA), New York (NY), Red Lodge (MT) as well as to France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Italy, and Norway in pursuit of their proposals.

In response to the ambition of Kentucky’s contemporary artists and their desire to more actively engage with people and events in the national and international scene, Great Meadows Foundation’s Artist Professional Development Grant program now accepts applications three times  a year. The next cycle deadline is July 23, 2017, for travel in the period September 1, 2017, through February 28, 2018.

For further information contact Julien Robson, Director, Great Meadows Foundation, by e-mail at or by phone at 502 693 2593.



Travis Townsend is a Lexington based artist who has received a grant to attend the 27th International Sculpture Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Allowing Travis to learn about and see the work of new sculptors working today, the conference also offers him an opportunity to engage and explore new ideas and directions in the field of sculpture, and to connect with fellow artists and curators from around the country and other parts of the world. An opportunity to attend artist talks, and workshops, listen to panel discussions, visit open studios, and see exhibitions at museums in Kansas City, Travis also expects this experience and dialog with other creative professionals to help expand and shape the growth of his future work.

Photo: Erica Chambers Photography

Melissa Vandenberg is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, and performance, based in Richmond, Kentucky. Melissa has received a grant to take up a SIM artist’s studio residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, during 2017. The SIM residency creates a stimulating environment for creative experimentation and reflection, and networks residents with other visual artists. An artist whose concerns address power, fear, and mortality, Melissa is interested in Iceland’s empowered perspective on politics, its rich craft history, and its healthy creative class. The residency gives her an opportunity to “witness the creative process of other SIM residents and regional artists,” and to meet, exchange with, and learn from individuals responsible for both creating and
supporting art in Iceland.

Photo: Ralph Bergmann

Matt Weir is a Louisville based sculptor who has received a grant to travel to Germany to visit Documenta 14, a major international art exhibition held across the city of Kassel every five years, and the Muenster Sculpture Project, a ten-yearly exhibition of sculpture in both museums and public spaces across the city of Muenster. Taking advantage of their coincidence this year, Matt sees his visit as a “critical and developmental must,” creating an opportunity for him to move beyond his current regional base of influence, and experience the work of internationally renowned artists in an intense and focused way. He sees this experience as deepening the conversation in his own practice, a conversation that he can continue with fellow artists and students back in Louisville.