We are honored to share that Jonathan Mess has been awarded the Maine Arts Commission's 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship in Contemporary Craft!
From the Maine Arts Commission website: The Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowships reward artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness regarding the eminence of the creative sector in Maine. The awards are made solely on the basis of artistic excellence. Due to the competitiveness of the Individual Artist Fellowship program and to avoid conflict of interest, all jurors selected for this program reside out of state. Funded through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission and the Belvedere Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, the seven fellows for 2015 are: Christine Dentremont (Swans Island) - Functional Craft Arts, Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers (Bar Harbor) - Performing Arts, Wade Kavanaugh (Albany Township) - Visual Arts, David Meiklejohn (Portland) - Media Arts, Jonathan Mess (Jefferson) - Contemporary Craft, Glenn Morazzini (Cumberland) - Literary Arts, Brian Theriault (Fort Kent) - Traditional Arts.
This is the first year that the Individual Artist Fellowship has been awarded in the category of Contemporary Craft. Jonathan is especially proud and humbled to receive this honor.