rap-grant-sponsorsThe Regional Artist Project Grant is awarded annually to provide financial support for committed, accomplished artists by funding a project pivotal to a career in their respective art forms. Application is open to professional, individual artists as well as small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists of all disciplines who are at least 18 years of age and have resided within a participating county for at least one year.

The Regional Artist Project Grants awarded range from $400 – $1,200. Full or partial cash match is not required, but is preferred. Artists currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program and artists who have received a Regional Artist Project Grant within the last two funding cycles are not eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Janelle Wienke at janelle@ashevillearts.com or 828.258.0710.

This grant is sponsored by: the Toe River Arts Council (Mitchell and Yancey Counties); Madison County Arts Council; Asheville Area Arts Council (Buncombe County) with support from Avery County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Cultural Resources Department.

Applying for the Regional Artist Project Grant:

Guideline & Application Links:

Application Deadline:

  • Check Back for 2017 Dates
Projects Should Occur Within:

  • 1 Year of Date of First Grant Check

2016-2017 Grant Recipients:

From Buncombe County:

  • John Ransmeier [$1,100]: To build a new kiln and furnish it with kiln shelves
  • Alicia Williams [$1,100]: To purchase a wood planer to enable the precise milling of wood used in my rocking horses and carvings.
  • Heather Hietala [$800]: To purchase a Skutt KM 1227 electric kiln
  • Michael Stevens [$1,000]: To document a new 15-piece chamber jazz ensemble with a studio recording of 10 new original compositions over the course of two days
  • Joseph Pearson [$800]: To produce a body of figurative works on repurposed discarded materials and to help with promotions through various media.
  • Perry Obee [$1,000]: To outfit traditional stone lithography printmaking studio in order to develop professionally as an artist/printer
  • Connie Regan-Blake [$600]: To repurpose videos of my performances, workshops, and interviews into short clips that will reach a global audience online via my website and social media
  • Kyle Carpenter [$1,200]: To attend speak at and exhibit at NCECA in Portland, OR in 2017
  • Hannah Kaminer [$1,000]: To record a full-length professional album as a musician, singer, and songwriter

From Madison County:

  • Hannah Furgiuele [$500]: To create a documentary film that tells how a music festival saved Bluff Mountain in Hot Springs from being clear cut in 1995.

From Mitchell County:

  • Christina Shmigel [$800]: To acquire studio equipment needed for the fabrication of my work in steel for sculpture and installation
  • Michael Kline [$800]: To complete the next phase of construction on my studio to create a workspace for an apprentice and an organized, dry glaze storage area

From Yancey County:

  • Jem Klein [$800]: To purchase a Jet bench top wood lathe to help create large sculptural work.

2015-2016 Grant Recipients:

From Buncombe County:

  • Lindsey Kelley Brewer [$700]: To attend the 2016 Trisha Brown Dance Company Summer Intensive
  • Bet Kindley [$900]: To purchase an etching press in order to create encaustic collagraphs
  • Michael Luchtan [$700]: To create and print a musical composition for a stringed quartet
  • Meghan Mulhearn [$900]: To partially fund the recording of the next album for the Divine Circles Project
  • Brandon Skupski [$900]: To purchase a Sawstop professional table saw

From Madison County:

  • Miranda Heidler [$800]: To assist in purchasing a loom
  • Gary Rawlins [$900]: To purchase an edge jointer that will allow the quick joining of edged-clued boards
  • Don Pedi [$900]: To professionally record and produce a CD to accompany a new book

From Mitchell County:

  • Audrey Bell [$900]: To purchase half of the equipment needed to set up own studio
  • Jason Hartsoe [$800]: To build a kick-wheel to create Onggi pots
  • IlaSahai Prouty [$900]: To complete, document, and promote a body of work begun in 2015
  • Ellie Richards [$800]: To purchase materials to make a traditional woodworking bench

From Yancey County:

  • Bruce Greene [$900]: To create a recording featuring the music of 20-25 performances and an 8-page booklet

2014-2015 Grant Recipients:

From Buncombe County:

  • Jude Whelchel: $1,000.00 to attend AWP Conference to seek agent representation for novel
  • Bridget Conn: $750.00 to attend Society for Photographic Education National Conference in New Orleans
  • Ben Nixon: $1,200.00 to produce body of work photographing the Carolina landscape for a book
  • Alex McWalters: $1,200.00 to print physical duplications of five-song EP, CD format
  • Anya Hinkle: $1,000.00 to finance and release first album
  • Anna Johnson: $1,200.00 to affordably build a jewelry casting facility in her studio.
  • Lisa Sturz: $1,200.00 to conduct a series of solo performances beginning with Japanese story of ”Little One Inch”
  • Barbara Zaretsky: $1,200.00 for marketing consulting services & purchasing photographic equipment to promote her work
  • Jenni Cockrell: $997.00 to stage a cohesive evening length Butoh dance concert
  • Giles Collard: $1500.00 to create a contemporary dance/theatre ballet about work/legacy of 17th century Mexican nun, sor Juana de Asbaje.
  • Lesley Keeble: $1200 to integrate earthenware & porcelain clay into mixed media sculptures through the purchases of a Skutt, electric kiln

From Regional Counties

  • Joey Sheehan: $1500 to purchase materials to finish building a kiln
  • Liz Summerfield: $1000 to upgrade parts to a ceramic kiln
  • Katey Schultz: $1053 to cover lodging and meals for Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference April 2015

2013-2014 Grant Recipients:

From Buncombe County:

  • Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective [Performing Arts]: $1,200 to help fund cost for its members to attend the international recognized Aerial Dance Festival, Boulder, CO
  • Julie Becton Gillum [Performing Arts]: $1200 to stage a piece entitled, “Biosphere,” part of a larger five-section work entitled, “Sphere”
  • Lockie Hunter [Literary Arts]: $400 to attend a four-day poetry workshop intensive at the 18th Annual West Virginia Writer’s Workshop
  • Cathie Langdon [Visual Arts]: $600 to purchase an eight-harness loom
  • Harper Leich [Visual Arts]: $300 to paint “Flower Essence Portraits” – six paintings of six collaborators embodying the energetic essence of six chosen plants
  • Tom Pazderka [Visual Arts]: $600 to assist in producing and continuing a new body of work
  • Erin Canady [Visual Arts]: $1200 to fund participation as an artist-in-residence at the Gullkistan community in Laugavartn, Iceland

From Madison County:

  • Timothy Burkhardt [Literary Arts]: $500 to help defray travel costs for a series of nonfiction stories about three friends who travel across the U.S. while working for a carnival.
  • Emily Reason [Ceramic Arts]: $740 to purchase tools needed to produce a series of narrative sculptures;
  • Francesco Lombardo [Visual Arts]: $1200 to hire a professional assistant capable of guiding the mixing of color, and to purchase a large quantity of paint for the process.

From Mitchell County:

  • Elisa DeFeo [Ceramic Arts]: $294.86 to purchase materials and small equipment needs for studio in order to return to full-time production;
  • David Eichelberger [Ceramic Arts]: $660 to purchase a mechanical slab roller;
  • Scott Summerfield [Ceramic Arts]: $500 to purchase a computerized temperature controller to run a recently built annealing oven.

2011-2012 Grant Recipients:

  • A. K. Benninghofen, to attend the AWP Writer’s Conference
  • Britt Kauffman, to complete a full-length play and advertise the production to be held at the Parkway Playhouse
  • Pam Brewer, to make her studio accessible for classes and to the public
  • Darrell Copeland, for funding for transportation and materials to participate in the 2012 International Turning Exchange Residency program
  • Sondra Dorn, to purchase Adobe Creative Suite 5.5
  • Ben Elliott, for electrical wiring and shelter coverage for his studio space
  • Chris Galloway, to film “The River Artists” revealing their life and work along the French Broad River
  • Joanna Gollberg, to purchase a camera for documenting jewelry techniques in her travels to India
  • Frank Lombardo, for paint materials for a new body of work
  • Gaylene Petcu, to purchase a complete set of 402 Unison Soft Pastel sticks to complete a series of 12-16 pastel paintings
  • Justin Ray, for the composition, performance and audio/visual recording of a multi-movement piece for a jazz quintet and string quartet
  • Liz Summerfield, to purchase a 30? Shimpo Slab Roller.
  • Eric & Carrie Tomberlin, to purchase an Epson inkjet printer that will enable them to combine digital technology with traditional photographic processes
  • Matt Tommey, to attend a class with Danish basketmaker Ane Lyngsgaard in Denmark.