2014 Kresge Artist Fellows announced

June 26, 2014


Kresge Arts in Detroit have announced the recipients of its 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowships. The fellows, working in dance and music as well as a new theater and film category, receive a prize of $25,000 each — to do whatever they want to realize their creative vision.

The recipients are 17 artists and one collective, all working within metro Detroit.

Musicians include:

Juan Atkins, electronic musician
Ben Hall, sound and interdisciplinary artist
Jeedo, aka Waajeed, composer, producer and arranger
Kisma Jordan, classical vocalist
Gayelynn McKinney, composer, drummer and bandleader
Stephen Nawara, composer, guitarist, bassist and vocalist
New Music Detroit, new music collective
Tracy Halloran Pearson, choreographer
Britney Stoney, singer/songwriter

Theater/film recipients include:

Diane Cheklich, screenwriter and film director
Tony D’Annunzio, documentary film director
Donavan Glover, music video and film director
dream hampton, director and writer
Leon Johnson, film/theatre director and interdisciplinary artist
Daniel Land, screenwriter and film director
Rola Nashef, screenwriter and film director
Jasmine Rivera, screenwriter and film director
Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe, playwright

More than 400 applications were reviewed by two independent panels.

Music panelists include:
Carl Craig, Grammy Award-nominated composer, producer, electronic musician and artistic director of Movement Electronic Music Festival
Kristy Edmunds, choreographer, executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, founder of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Johnny Evans, composer, musician and bandleader
George E. Lewis, composer, performer, professor and vice-chair of the department of music at Columbia University
Karen Sherman, choreographer, performer and scenic designer

Theater/film panelists include:
Kenneth Cosby, screenwriter, playwright, director, actor and artist in residence at Towne Street Theatre in Los Angeles
Sue Marx, Academy Award-winning director and producer
Shaun Nethercott, executive director and co-founder of Matrix Theatre Company
Brian Rogers, director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York
Shay Wafer, theatre director and executive director of New York-based 651 ARTS

For more information about the Fellowship, check out kresgeartsindetroit.org.