Arts News for January 17, 2019    
Spotlight on Jackson Tupper

untitled, by Jackson Tupper.
"The great thing about sitting down with artist Jackson Tupper is that he's the guy you can have coffee with and be inspired by his vision and never-tiring work ethic. At the same time, it's possible that he reminds you of a friend you might have grown up with." This is how curator Kelly Holt describes one of the artists featured in Artists to Watch 2019, opening tomorrow at the Spotlight Gallery.

In describing himself, Jackson says, "My characters are kind of a reflection of my insecurities in how they are so opposite of me. Where I'm skinny and anxious, my characters are plump and carefree."

Read more about Jackson Tupper in Walking the Line of Whimsical & Weird excerpted from Art Guide #9.

Learn more about the other nine Artists to Watch and the curators who selected them in this week's featured story.

Join us for an artist's reception on January 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery, 136 State Street in Montpelier.
Welcome Hannah Morris
Hannah Morris is a native Vermonter, an artist, a graphic designer--and a master composter. Recently she joined the Council as executive and development assistant where she will have ample opportunities to use her many skills (except maybe the master composter part).

Hannah provides support for the executive director and board of trustees. She also works with the communications team, helping to develop social media strategy, enhancing the Council's visibility, and encouraging broad participation in the arts across Vermont.
Join us in welcoming Hannah as the newest member of the Council staff!
Art Works Grants Available

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)'s principal project-based funding program is open. These matching grants, ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, are meant to support "public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life."
The first deadline is February 14, 2019. Visit the NEA website for more information.

Arts and the Shutdown

Carolyn Kaster/AP
Last week, NPR interviewed Jill Rorem, who had planned to bring her "art-obsessed" children to Washington, D.C., for "a grand tour of the city's museums." Then came the partial government shutdown.  
According to the NPR story "The showdown in Washington has reverberated across a vast expanse of the U.S. arts community and beyond the country's borders. It has been felt not just by the museums and their patrons, but also by Brooklyn students, Los Angeles filmmakers, domestic nonprofits and foreign artists--even among the volcanoes of Hawaii."
Learn more about how the shutdown is impacting the arts and culture institutions in our nation's capital and throughout the country. Please note: at this point, the shutdown does not affect the Arts Council's ability to operate or to make grants. 
Arts Briefs
The Community Engagement Lab is accepting applications from teaching artists for Thriving Communities Project Grants: creating public art that strengthens awareness of a pressing social challenge.
Get the details.
Arts Bus, a traveling art studio in central Vermont, seeks a creative and dynamic executive director to take the lead at this small but growing non-profit.
  Learn more.

The Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier invites artists to apply for Art in the
Café, which is available to current members and staff.
  Find out how to apply.
Upcoming Events
Mahaney Arts Center
January 19
Main Street Arts
through February 15
Saxtons River
Highland Center for the Arts
January 19
Vermont Jazz Center
January 19
The Schoolhouse in
Lower Cabot
January 20
Contois Auditorium: City Hall
January 23
Barrette Center for the Arts
January 30 to February 17
White River Junction
Northshire Books
January 25
Manchester Center
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
January 25 to February 9
South Pomfret
 Mahaney Arts Center
Dance Theatre
January 25 and 26
Eclipse Grange Theatre
January 25 and 26
Thetford Hill
Brattleboro Music Center
January 26 and 27
Masonic Hall
January 26
St. Johnsbury
Phoenix Books
January 24
Weston Playhouse
January 26
The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts , which requires a 1:1 match from the Vermont State Legislature. Council grants, programs, and statewide arts promotion would not be possible without the critical funding provided by these government agencies.

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