2018 Focus Fellowships

We support artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council — esteemed peers and experts in the field. Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists the fellowship will serve. 

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CoEsistere Focus Fellowship
Awarded to artist of any discipline whose work explores
human population growth and its impact on wildlife.

Funded by J&J FamilyShip Foundation
Recipient: Jeff Whetstone

Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist whose work explores the experience
of childhood and growing up.

Funded by Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan
Recipient: Jason Reynolds

Cedar Creek Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an AIR Serenbe alumni artist for a return residency.
Funded by John Paddock and Karen Schwartz
Recipient: Adejoke Tugbiyele

 

Fiber Forward Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist working in textiles.
Funded by Paul & Carol Stockman
Recipient: Louisiana Pettway Bendolph

Frances Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a storyteller with deep ties to the American South.
Funded by Anonymous
Recipient: Buddy Wakefield

Wonders of Childhood Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist of any discipline making work for young children.
Funded by Capita & Reach Out and Read Carolinas
Recipient: Artist TBA

Little Shop of Stories Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a picture book artist.
Funded by Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan
Recipient: Kate Hoefler

SWACC! Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a spoken word artist with a commitment to community and collaboration.
Funded by Gil & Jeny Mathis
Recipient: Amanda Torres

Seikilos Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a composer.
Funded by Lynn Eden
Recipient: Mark Buller