Marion Fellowships Awarded to Beglarian, Neuman, and Davis
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015-16 Marion International Fellowships for the Visual and Performing Arts through the State University of New York at Fredonia. The selection committee identified two outstanding projects, and benefactors Cathy and Jesse Marion decided to expand the Fellowship this year by awarding both.
Eve Beglarian, a composer, performer and audio producer, will create “Junk Into Joy:
The Flower Man’s Vision,” a music-theatre piece inspired by Cleveland Turner and the
visionary environment he created in Houston. The duo of Lynn Neuman, choreographer,
and Joshua Davis, composer, will create “Toss,” a dance/soundscape that examines overconsumption
and today's throwaway mentality. Artist sites are Eve Beglarian and Artichoke Dance.
“This is the first time two awards were granted,” said Ralph Blasting, dean of Fredonia’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, which administers the Fellowship. “We had a very strong pool of applications from the U.S. and Canada. These two stood out because of their creative processes and their connections with communities.”
Established by Fredonia graduate Cathy Marion and her husband, Jesse, the fellowship supports artistic journeys that lead to new opportunities for collaborative artistic excellence. Applicants must be affiliated with one of the six Marion Fellowship Circle member institutions: Chautauqua Institution (Mayville, NY); Ucross Foundation (Clearmont, WY); Alley Theatre (Houston); Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary); Springboard Schools (Abu Sir, Giza, Egypt); and the State University of New York at Fredonia. Each project will receive $18,000 to complete the artistic journey, which concludes with a presentation in Fredonia October 21-22, 2016.
Shown below are the previous recipients, Liz Lee (inaugural, 2013-14) and Jason Dilworth (2014-15), faculty members of the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at Fredonia, with Cathy and Jesse Marion. This photo was taken on Homecoming weekend, October 2015.
The application process for the 2016-17 Marion International Fellowship will open in January 2016.