Seventeen Detroit artists and one artist collective working in the disciplines of dance/music, film/theater, literary arts, or the visual arts will each receive an unrestricted prize of $25,000 in recognition of their creative vision and commitment to excellence. In addition, fellows will receive professional practice opportunities executed by ArtServe Michigan, including an intensive professional development retreat presented by New York-based artist service organization Creative Capital. Administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit program at the College for Creative Studies, the annual fellowship program is designed to advance the artistic careers of artists living and working in Detroit, as well as to raise the profile of the area's artistic community.
"Artists challenge us," said Kresge Foundation president Rip Rapson. "They move us to reflect on all dimensions of community life. They inspire us. As we look to a future beyond the city's bankruptcy, artists provide an indispensable well-spring of insight and creativity from which our community can draw inspiration and hope. This year's Kresge Artist Fellows exemplify these traits. It is an honor to shine a light on them."
For a list of 2014 Kresge Artist Fellows, visit the Kresge Foundation website.