2021 Ohio Arts Council Awards

Members of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board have approved $300,000 in grant funding to be awarded to 75 Ohio artists through the OAC’s Individual Excellence Awards program. Two Kenyon faculty members were among the winners of this prestigious award —  Gregory Spaid, Professor of Art Emeritus, for photography, and Karen Snouffer, Professor of Art Emerita, for visual art 2-D

Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of a creative artist’s body of work that exemplifies their specific discipline and advances the larger artistic community. These $4000 awards support the growth and development of the artist with recognition of their work in Ohio and beyond.

“Individual Excellence Awards represent investment in imagination, artistry, and talent by giving artists the resources to innovate, explore their art forms, develop skills, and advance their careers,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “These awards honor the outstanding accomplishments of Ohio artists, who we are proud to support as they continue to shape creative conversations in our state through their work in and mastery of their chosen disciplines and crafts.”

Image from “Leaf Cuttings

You can visit Professor Spaid’s website www.gregoryspaid.com to view photographs from his album “Leaf Cuttings,”  which explores the vital role trees play in our lives. Many of these photographs were shot during his travels  throughout the United States, including  artist residencies at the Brush Creek Foundation in Wyoming, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Congaree National Park in South Carolina, as well as the Sonoran Artist Residency in Ajo, Arizona.


Image courtesy of Karen Snouffer

Karen Snouffer’s recent  work concentrates on installation and multimedia, interrogating themes of identity, history and place, and how these topics may intersect in studio practices. She has exhibited nationally at Art Center South Florida, Miami; The Work Space, New York; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; Hallwalls, Buffalo; Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati; Hammond-Harkins Gallery, Columbus, OH; Evansville Art Museum, Evansville, IN; Poor Dog Space, Los Angeles; Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis; and internationally at La Médiathèque, Epernay, France; and Gallerie Cardo, Reims, France.

Image courtesy of Karen Snouffer

Please join us in congratulating them both!

For more information about the OAC’s grant programs, visit oac.ohio.gov/grants.

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