2019 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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Seikilos Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a composer.
Funded by Lynn Eden
Recipient: Krists Auznieks

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

Joy of Reading Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist whose work celebrates diversity and inspires kindness, laughter, and the love of reading.
Funded by Scholastic
Recipient: Samantha Berger

Joy of Reading Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist whose work celebrates diversity and inspires kindness, laughter, and the love of reading.
Funded by Scholastic
Recipient: Jonathan Fenske

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: Joey Chou

WonderRoot Focus Fellowship
Awarded to the recipient of the annual Arbes Award, an artist working at the intersection of art and social change.
Funded by WonderRoot
Recipient: Ebony Blanding

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

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

Inkpot Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist working in sequential narrative: comics, graphic novels, animation, et.al.
Funded by ICU Fund: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Recipient: Brandon Sadler

Atelier Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a visual artist working in the style and tradition of classical realism.
Funded by Lynn Eden
Recipient: Bo Bartlett

CoEsistere Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist of any discipline whose work explores human population growth and its impact on wildlife.
Funded by J&J FamilyShip Foundation
Recipient: Robbie Q. Telfer

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

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: Jessica Ingram