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The Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts
807 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3174

Ralph Blasting, Ph.D.
807 Maytum Hall

Julie Sticek
808 Maytum Hall

National Advisory Board:
Jennifer Cody  
Ted DeDee
Allan Dennis  
Kent Knappenberger  
Jon Lehrer
Mary McDonnell
Rocco Piscatello  
John Poppo  
Brian Usifer  
Leah Yerpe

The Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts fund is established by Cathy and Jesse Marion of Houston, Texas, in the Fredonia College Foundation. 

Philanthropist Cathy Marion is a freelance writer who has published a wide range of articles on business, health, crime, design, lifestyle and women's issues. She serves on the Fredonia Foundation Board at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She is an officer on the Board of Citizens of Animal Protection and is on the Advisory Board of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet.

Oilman Jesse Marion, whose career in the geophysical industry spans over thirty years, is the founder of Millennium Seismic Ltd. and Marion Investments. He is a trustee of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation and serves on the Houston Community College Engineering Advisory Council. He is President of the Board of Directors of Houston’s Alley Theatre and has joined the Board of Directors of the National Council for American Theatre. He also serves as a Board member of the Memorial Hermann Foundation, Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital and Ucross Foundation. 

Through the Marion Foundation, the couple supports many worthy organizations in the U.S. and Canada. In 2011 they dedicated the Marion Art Gallery in the Rockefeller Arts Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus. In 2013 they launched the Marion Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts. On their 25th wedding anniversary that autumn they were inducted into the inaugural SUNY Chancellor’s Society in Manhattan.

Cathy & Jesse Marion

The Marion's

Eve Beglarian     Lynn NeumanJosh Davis

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 Marions and the Fellows, Jason Dilworth and Liz Lee


The recipient of the 2016-17 Marion International Fellowship will be annouced in May 2016. 

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