Luminaria Artist Foundation awards grants to six San Antonio-area artists for new work
Six area artists have been selected to receive grants from the Luminaria Artist Foundation for the creation of new work.
Three artists received $10,000 grants. They are sound and interdisciplinary artist Mark McCoin, who received the Rick Liberto Visual Arts grant; composer and healing artist Pamela Martinez, who received the performing arts grant; and poet Octavio Quintanilla, who received the literary arts grant. In addition, three artists received $5,000 open category grants: interdisciplinary artist Jenelle Esparza, multidimensional visual artist Raul R. Gonzalez, and choreographer Violeta De Leon Davila.
“All of the work is going to be new work that influences San Antonio,” said Kathy Armstrong, executive director of Luminaria. “It will be work that will be performed here, work that is exhibited here, and that will go on to be performed and exhibited other places and will carry the legacy of San Antonio with it.”
The grant recipients were selected from a pool of 79 proposals.
The literary arts category was judged by Sussy Santana, Dale Neal, and Michelle Whittaker; visual arts was judged by Kate Bonansinga, Gregory Sale and Constanza Casamadrid; performing arts was judged by Michael Fox, Maya Taylor and Richard Perez; and the open category was judged by Edna Longoria, Patricia Pratchett, Yvette Benavides and Ray Santisteban.
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