JACKSONVILLE – Fourteen Northeast Florida artists, including Clay County’s Perla Reyes, recently received grants of $3,500 each as part of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida’s Art …
JACKSONVILLE – Fourteen Northeast Florida artists, including Clay County’s Perla Reyes, recently received grants of $3,500 each as part of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida’s Art Ventures initiative.
Reyes developed a series of multidisciplinary works based on her expressive character, Sitboy. The character is inspired by childhood memories, anime, insects and sci-fi.
Reyes has been part of significant group projects, including the “Few ‘N’ Far Mural” events in Wynwood, Miami, as part of Art Basel.
The grant will allow Reyes to expand the Sitboy series into digital art as a new medium and create related merchandise.
As it entered its 32nd year, Art Ventures attracted a record number of applicants who competed for the coveted awards. The individuals selected for the 2022 awards were chosen for their demonstrated talent as well as their determination to move to the next level of professional development.
“Northeast Florida is home to a tremendous number of talented artists working in a variety of disciplines,” said Amy Crane, senior program director at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. “The Community Foundation continues to be inspired by the quality of work we see in the Art Ventures process, which makes the selection difficult, and the awards well-deserved.”
Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges and predominantly evaluated on artistic excellence, with additional consideration for how the artist is influenced by and impacts Northeast Florida. This year’s selected grantees were drawn from the categories of Film, Creative Writing, Music and the Visual Arts. They include:
Patrick Barry is a commercial director and cinematographer working throughout the Southeast, calling Jacksonville his home.
Several of his projects have gained significant recognition including the nationally syndicated web documentaries, State of the RE: Union. He was also recently a semi-finalist in Austin Film Festival’s screenplay competition. The grant will fund equipment to complete postproduction on “The Maestro of Lake Orlok,” a Northeast Florida-based film project.
Other winners were RaeJeana Brooks, Joe Gaskin, Cheryl McCain, Jennifer Chase, Christie Holecheck, Malcom Jackson, Paul Jackson, Tatiana Kitchen, Mark Krancer, Patrick Berry, Thorn, Shameera West and Sheila Goloborotko, all from Jacksonville.
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