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Sixteen Delaware artists are being recognized by the Delaware Division of the Arts for the high quality of their artwork. Work samples from 118 Delaware choreographers, composers, musicians, writers, and visual artists were reviewed by out-of-state arts professionals, considering demonstrated creativity and skill in their art form. The 16 selected fellows reside throughout Delaware including Claymont, Dover, Greenville, Lewes, Middletown, Newark, Rehoboth Beach, and Wilmington.
Awards are given in three categories – $10,000 for the Masters Award, $6,000 for the Established Professional Award, and $3,000 for the Emerging Professional Award – and Artist fellows are required to offer at least one exhibit or performance during the upcoming year, providing an opportunity for the public to experience their work.
“Individual Artist Fellowship grants provide the recognition and exposure that artists need to successfully promote their work,” said Paul Weagraff, director of Delaware Division of the Arts. “The financial award allows them to pursue advanced training, purchase equipment and materials, or fulfill other needs to advance their careers.”
The Masters Fellowship is open to differing artistic disciplines each year. In Fiscal Year 2016, Masters Fellowship applications were accepted in Literary or Media Arts from artists who had previously received an Established Professional Fellowship. In addition to exemplifying high artistic quality, Masters Fellowship applicants must demonstrate their involvement and commitment to the arts in Delaware.
Ramona DeFelice Long (Newark) has been awarded this year’s Masters Fellowship. Long, an award-winning author and daily writing proponent, has shared her expertise and enthusiasm for writing via “how-to” articles on her website; participating in local writing groups, readings, and retreats; leading Free Write workshops at Delaware libraries; tutoring, mentoring, and judging youth writers in Delaware schools; and editing other writers’ work, including co-editing an anthology of prose and poetry by Delaware authors.