National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Pratt Fine Arts Center is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Pratt Fine Arts Center is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support the Master Artist and Artist-in-Residence programs.
Pratt Fine Arts Center will bring six nationally and internationally renowned artists to Seattle to present lectures, exhibit new work, and teach workshops in jewelry & metalsmithing, glass, sculpture, wood, painting, and printmaking. Select Master Artists will be asked to stay and participate in a month-long Artist-in-Residence program.
"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Master Artist and Artist-in-Residence program," said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."
“This amazing support from the NEA allows Pratt Fine Arts Center to bring renowned Master Artists to our campus so they may share creative intelligence and unique perspectives from all around the world, said Executive Director, Steve Galatro. “The Master Artist program presents an opportunity for dynamic exchange between distinguished working artists and our creative community.”
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.