Arts News for September 13, 2018   
Honoring Arts Excellence

Governor Phil Scott (right) with Jerry Williams (left) and Chris Miller at the Vermont Granite Museum.
Standing amidst wood chips and granite dust, Governor Phil Scott announced the recipients of the 2018 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. The Vermont Granite Museum in Barre served as the perfect backdrop as the assembled crowd learned that sculptors Chris Miller and Jerry Williams would receive the award, the highest honor presented to an artist by the state of Vermont.

Sculptors Miller and Williams are known regionally and nationally, and are continuing Vermont's longstanding tradition of exceptional stone craftsmanship recognized around the world. Earlier this year, they were selected to create the new sculpture that will rise above the golden dome of the State House.

The Vermont Arts Council also announced that
Alison Bechdel will receive the Walter Cerf
Top: Chris Miller and Jerry Williams. Middle: Alison Bechdel and Judith Chalmer. Bottom: Allison Coyne Carroll and John Willis.

Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, John Willis will receive the Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education, Allison Coyne Carroll will receive the Margaret L. (Peggy) Kannenstine Award for Arts Advocacy, and Judith Chalmer will receive the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts.

Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of these six outstanding Vermonters at a reception and ceremony at the Vermont State House. The event will be held Wednesday, November 14, at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. More information will be available October 1.

Opening Reception: Macaulay in Montpelier

 Illustration from Baaa (1985)
Take a journey through 20 years of sketches and drawings by internationally known - and loved - writer and illustrator David Macaulay. From The Way Things Work to Mosque, Macaulay has captivated the imaginations of adults and children alike with his intricate and whimsical works.
Friday, September 14
5 to 7 p.m.
Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery
136 State Street, Montpelier  
Preview the exhibit in this week's featured story, Macaulay in Montpelier Explained.  
Creation Grant Awards

From top: Laurel Jenkins, Brian Michael Murphy, Dana Robinson, Patty Hudak.
Ten Vermont artists will have a bit more time, space, and flexibility to produce their work. They are recipients of FY2019 Creation Grants. This highly competitive program garnered more than 170 applications for just ten awards - demonstrating that the arts are alive and well in Vermont. Congratulations to these talented artists. We look forward to seeing the results of their creative endeavors.

Miciah Gault, Montpelier
for the creation of a novel entitled Nobody in Love
Patty Hudak, Underhill
for the creation of a seven-panel installation responding to the natural environment in Vermont  
Laurel Jenkins, Middlebury
for the creation of Beacon Fire, a dance collaboration  
Evie Lovett, Putney
for the creation of a permanent kinetic sculpture
Brian David Mooney, Brattleboro
for the creation of a novel about a young girl and her brother who is fighting overseas  
Brian Michael Murphy, Bennington
for the creation of a poetry manuscript entitled Plaster of Paris
Erik Nielsen, Brookfield
for the creation of music to be performed live at the screening of a classic silent film
Angela Palm, Burlington
for the creation of a collection of essays examining American malaise
Elizabeth Powell, Underhill
for the creation of a book of poems entitled Forcefield
Dana Robinson, Cabot   
for the creation of a CD entitled The Town That Music Saved

All Aboard The Waterbury Special
In the past, when entering Waterbury from the north, you might not have noticed the rusty old train trestle looming over the street. On September 22, the town of Waterbury will end the bridge's life of anonymity with the dedication of a new work of public art. The Waterbury Special is a 56' low-relief aluminum sculpture created by Randolph artist Phillip Godenschwager.
Funded, in part, by a Vermont Arts Council Animating Infrastructure Grant, the sculpture depicts historic buildings in the town of Waterbury as train cars. The Waterbury Special will be celebrated at a public ceremony on September 22, 7:30 p.m., in the Maxi's Restaurant parking lot.
Arts Briefs
Making it Happen is a leadership summit for community organizers and leaders working to improve the economies and quality of life in their communities. October 1.
  Find out how to register.
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland seeks an Administrative Assistant to facilitate day-to-day and long-term operations.
  More information.
Senator Patrick Leahy serves on the committee that will negotiate funding of the NEA. Take two minutes to contact our senator to thank him for his support of a $155 million budget for the NEA in FY2019.
Vermont Arts 2018 Featured Events

Old West Church
September 16
The Grange Theatre at ArtisTree
September 13 to 29
South Pomfret
Big Heavy World
September 14
Helen Day Art Center
September 21 to
November 3
Northern Stage
Barrette Center for the Arts
September 19 to October 21
White River Junction
Bear Pond Books
September 17
Barre Opera House
September 15
Vermont Jazz Center
September 15
Ballet Wolcott Studios
Septemeber 22
 Gallery at River Arts
through October 28
Middlebury College
Dana Auditorium
September 15
Burlington City Arts
through October 7

Rokeby Museum
through October 28
Vermont College of Fine Arts
September 22
Lost Nation Theater
through September 16
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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