2017 Grant Recipients Announced!

$108,000 Granted to Local Artists

The Alexa Rose Foundation was founded in 2015 to provide substantial impact on the lives of creative residents of the Boise River Valley, giving them access to the catalytic experiences and skills they need to develop as artists and people.  In 2015 and 2016 sixty-five grants were awarded to visual artists.

In its third cycle of grants, the Foundation expanded its scope to solicit applications from visual, performing and literary artists.  The Foundation received 210 applications totaling $700,000 in requests.  With a little over $100,000 to fund artists in 2017, the competition was significant.  In the end, 50 local artists representing multiple artistic mediums were awarded grants.  Grants were awarded to emerging, mid-career and established artists throughout the community.  Grant amounts varied from $500 – $5,000 and will fund learning opportunities, equipment and supplies, production costs, and paid time to create.

In its first three years, the Alexa Rose Foundation has granted over $240,000 to 115 local artists.  At an exhibit of the work of 45 of these artists in November 2016, attendees commented on the courage shown by the artists to push their creative boundaries, and noted the work inspired others to keep creating.

The following is a list of the artists receiving grants for 2017 and a short description of what their grant award will support.

Melissa Anderson – materials for sculpture as part of new body of work on cancers
Arin Arthur – purchase of upright steamer and upgraded registration system for print table
Karen Benning – living expenses for a sabbatical to write book of essays on George Gurdjieff
Kelly Brown – travel and tuition expenses for flamenco intensive in Granada Spain
Jean Cardeno – attendance at Yosemite Songwriting Retreat
Garth Claassen – purchase of Mylar and Tyvek for upcoming shows
Micah Claffey – purchase of a professional level cello bow
Michelle Detwiler – expenses for music/acting lessons and fall audition travel
Jennifer Drake – attendance at two conducting symposiums
Lauren Edson – professional development
John Francis – purchase of printer to work more flexibly and make editions of prints
Cody Gittings – filming and post production of Is Everything OK?
David Guiotto – living expenses for writing sabbatical
Noble Hardesty – materials, documentation and travel to create new work
Kris Hargis – camera and light kit to document work
Kelly Harwood – attendance at writing conference in Vermont and 2 professional manuscript reviews
Stuart Holland – framing for upcoming solo exhibit at the Visual Arts Collective
Derek Hurd – tuition and travel expenses for Wilson Chair furniture course in Boston
Victor Jimenez – travel expenses for study with Odd Nerdrum in Norway
Meg Kahnle – materials for Connect With Boise series
Lauren Kistner -purchase of equipment to produce Tondos exhibit at Art Source Gallery in October
Catherine Kyle – attendance at The Two Eight writers residency, submission fees, book tour expenses
Lauren Lafrades – tuition for The Collective dance workshop in LA
Lily Martina Lee – purchase and installation of utility sink to dye own materials
Jerri Lisk – purchase of scroll saw and aluminum to work in 3D/sculpture
Amy Lunstrum – purchase of a kiln to fire at lower temperatures
Kris Mannion – funding for the design of an expansion to home studio
Kyle Morck – purchase of gimble stabilizer and follow focus for dance film
Heidi Naylor – attendance at memoir writing conference and expenses for 3-day writing retreat
Leta Neustaedter – tuition for music classes at BSU
Melissa Osgood – purchase of a fume extractor for home studio
Diane Raptosh – travel expenses to the Nantucket Whaling Museum and Archives to research new book of poems
Dig Reeder – expenses to produce new play at the Death Rattle Writers Festival
Rachel Reichert – materials and equipment to create a new body of art based on James Castle
Hannah Rodabaugh – paid time to write and submission fees to develop and publish manuscript
Elizabeth Rodgers – production costs for short film Mediation
Lisa Roggenbuck – supplies and living expenses to create a new body of work
Colton Rothwell – travel expenses to Chile to create a travel documentary
Susan Rowe – attendance at the Fishtrap Gathering of Writers in Oregon
Jose Saenz – purchase of camera equipment to produce Artifacts and Tether
Cassandra Schiffler – tuition and travel expenses for Monotype Printing workshop at Anderson Ranch
Ellie Shaw – jazz mentorship in LA and production costs for new CD
Tracy Sunderland – professional development
Brad Talbutt – tuition and lodging associated with historic printing method workshops in Maine
Edward Test – travel expenses for research/translation in Madrid, and translation workshop in LA
Elena Tomorowitz – expenses for travel to visit 5 Idaho towns as inspiration for new book of poetry
Ellie Van De Graaff – purchase of camera equipment to advance photography skills
Zach Voss – video editing costs for production of short film series Volcanoes!
Olivia Weitz – attendance at Transom radio workshop in Cape Cod
Christian Winn – travel expenses to conduct research for 2 novels and living expenses for sabbatical

The Foundation appreciates the creativity and talent of all of the 2017 applicants and looks forward to seeing more proposals in 2018!

Header artwork by Gregory Bayne Six Dynamic Laws for Success; Chi E Shenam Trees of the Boise River; Tarey Potter Metal Mask; Saratops McDonald Ravenous; and Anna Ura Untitled