2014 Kresge Artist Fellows

Photographer: Corine Vermeulen
2014 Kresge Artist Fellows in Dance/Music and Film/Theatre (from left to right)
First Row:  Tony D’Annunzio, Leon Johnson, Jasmine Rivera, Juan Atkins, Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe, Diane Cheklich,  Jeedo (aka Waajeed)
Second Row:  Shannon Orme (member of New Music Detroit), dream hampton, Kisma Jordan, Tracy Halloran Pearson, Ben Hall, Daniel Land, Donavan Glover,  Rola Nashef
Third Row: Britney Stoney, Stephen Nawara, Erik Rönmark (member of New Music Detroit),  Gayelynn McKinney
Not Pictured: Úna Fionnuala O’Riordan (member of New Music Detroit)

Kresge Arts in Detroit is honored to announce the 18 recipients of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowships, including eight artists and one collaborative group selected in Dance/Music and, for the first time, nine artists selected in Film/Theatre. The Fellowships, funded by The Kresge Foundation and each consisting of a $25,000 prize and professional practice opportunities, are awarded annually to metropolitan Detroit artists for their exceptional commitment to artistic achievement and strong contributions to their respective communities.

Representing the depth and multiplicity of Detroit’s artistic output, the 2014 Fellows’ work merges disciplines, illuminates pressing social issues and embodies Detroit’s complex, evolving narrative. From renowned practitioners to rising talent, these artists exemplify the creative vigor that enlivens our city and its people.

As we congratulate the 2014 Fellows, we note the difficult task our panelists faced to select just 18 fellows from among hundreds of extraordinary applications in Dance/Music and Film/Theatre. The distinguished panelists for both categories commented repeatedly on the scale, scope and caliber of creative work represented in the applications, reflecting, in the words of Dance/Music panelist Kristy Edmunds, “the impulses of an art scene that is clearly hyper creative, functional and resilient in every way.” We are indebted to our 2014 panelists – both groups, comprised of local and national artists and arts professionals, brought a singular expertise and vast perspective to the rigorous review process.

In six short years, the Kresge Arts in Detroit program has distributed $3 million directly to over 100 metropolitan Detroit artists – an astonishing investment by The Kresge Foundation that has helped fuel Detroit’s creative economy and cultural core. We have seen clearly how equipping artists with vital resources empowers culturally-minded thinking and helps position our metropolitan area as a major center for the arts. We salute the 2014 Fellows and invite you to learn more about them.

Michelle Perron
Director, Kresge Arts in Detroit