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2013 Recipients of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowships
at Penland School of Crafts Selected

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 21, 2013) – The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the Visual Arts Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA) announce the recipients of the 2013 William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowships at Penland School of Crafts. Fellowship recipients are students in or recent graduates of the UNCSA Visual Arts Program. The Kenan Fellows will study at summer workshops at Penland and will take classes in diverse media such as metals, glass, printmaking, photography, iron, painting, and felted wool sculpture.

The Kenan Fellowships at Penland School of Crafts seek to promote life-long learning, stimulate experimentation and skill development, extend UNCSA students’ and artists’ career development opportunities through Penland’s network of peer professionals, and share Penland’s model educational learning environment.

“The Visual Arts faculty is thrilled for our alumni that have been provided with this gracious opportunity.  The William R. Kenan Jr. Fellowship is an enormous gift to our program and a significant catalyst in expanding our young alumni’s artistic endeavors, “ said UNCSA Visual Arts Director Will Taylor. 

“We would like to sincerely congratulate these young artists and extend our deep appreciation to both The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the Penland School of Crafts for their devoted support of our program and institution,” Taylor added.

The UNCSA high school graduates who are 2013 recipients of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowships at Penland School of Crafts are:

Chelsea Bednar (2013) will study books and paper, Sewing Books: Threads that Bind, with Douglas Baulos.

Devin Lancaster  (2012) will study clay, Figuring Out, with Kensuke Yamada.

Elizabet Puksto (2013) will study Weaving: Creative Explorations with Krishna Amin-Patel.

Shafer Brown (2013) will study Sound & Light for Things (metals) with Shawn Decker.

Anna Mckinsey (2008) will study clay, Making Pots Particular, with Susan Dewsnap and Paul Heroux.

Emma Whitlock (2013) will be studying printmaking/letterpress, Print Gumbo, with Georgia Deal.

Austin Caskie (2012) will study iron, Contemporary Forging, with Mike Rossi.

Rachel Pendergrass (2013) will study iron, Contemporary Forging, with Mike Rossi.

Paige Berrier (2010) will study books and paper, Boxmaking, with Jana Pullman.

Dylan Wignall (2012) will be studying printmaking/letterpress, Japanese Woodblock Printing, with Sam Chun.

“The Kenan Fellowships at Penland provide young artists from UNCSA with opportunities to expand their working knowledge of the visual arts through classes in the wide variety of studios available at Penland.  The Kenan Fellows are encouraged to experiment in the Penland studios and explore materials and processes unfamiliar to them. Instructors and fellow students at Penland become life-long colleagues and mentors as the professional world of the arts emerges through Penland,” said Jean McLaughlin, Director of the Penland School of Crafts.

“The UNCSA students arrive with exceptional training and the focus required for a committed career in the arts. Visit our website penland.org/programs/kenan.html to follow the Kenan Fellows,” McLaughlin added.

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education located in Penland, N.C. in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Penland operates year-round providing opportunity to study in one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in fifteen professional teaching studios. Residential workshops include books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, printmaking, photography, textiles, wood and other media.  Penland programs also include artists’ residencies, an educational outreach program, archives, winter studio independent study, and the Penland Gallery and Visitors Center. For more information visit www.penland.org.

 

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts (www.uncsa.edu/kenan) is a privately funded program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts that incubates projects that sustain artists at every point in their creative development through strategic partnerships that capitalize on visionary thinking in the arts. 

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

 

 

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