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2014 Recipients of the Kenan Fellowships
at Penland School of Crafts Selected

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 2, 2014) – 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 2014 Kenan Fellowships at Penland School of Crafts. Fellowship recipients are 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 Kenan Fellowship at Penland is an enormous gift to our program and a significant catalyst in expanding the artistic endeavors of our young alumni,“ said UNCSA Visual Arts Director Will Taylor. 

The UNCSA high school graduates who are 2014 recipients of the Kenan Fellowships at Penland School of Crafts are:

Astrid Blurr (2014) will study drawing, Process, Paint, & Performance, with instructor Michael Dixon;

Forest Horsley (2014) will study printmaking (Ready, Set, Relief!) with instructor Kristen Martincic;

Mazena Puksto (2010)  will study Hot Glass (Some Assembly Required) with instructors: Joe BenVenuto & David Walters;

Mikaela Darnell (2014) will study drawing (Process, Paint, & Performance) with instructor Michael Dixon;

Cassie Sun (2014) will study metals (Surface & Pattern) with instructor Linda Threadgill;

Sara Behnke (2014) will study mixed media (Finding Voice) with instructor Hiroyuki Hamada;

Jennifer Xiao (2014) will study wood (The Thick Skin: Unlocking the Potential of Cork) with instructor Daniel Michalik;

Madeleine Popkin (2014) will study clay (Nature Nurture) with instructor Thaddeus Erdahl;

Rachel Pendergrass (2013) will study clay (Nature Nurture) with instructor Thaddeus Erdahl;

Kate Archer (2010) will study printmaking (Screenprinting with a Fellow Who Makes Fun Rock Concert Posters) with instructor Jay Ryan.


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 creative think-and-do tank affiliated with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts committeed to promoting creative leadership and innovation in the arts through partnerships, programs, and initiatives.

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.