Creative Pinellas is pleased to announce the 2021 Emerging Artist Grant recipients: Tatiana Baccari, Chelsea Catherine, Nick Davis, Nikki Devereux, John Gascot, Mason Gehring, Gabriella Krousaniotakis, Yuly Restrepo, Sara Ries, and Emily Stehle. Up to ten artists are selected annually for these awards, which are intended to provide resources, opportunity and recognition to promising artists that are demonstrating excellence in their work and are on an upward trajectory of growth artistically and professionally.
Each of the artists were carefully selected by a panel of artists and curators based on their portfolio of work and vision for the future. Grantees are provided with a financial award geared toward the production of new work, leading to an exhibition at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas at the close of the grant award period. Artists are paired with a mentor that helps guide the grantee through their development as a professional artist. The program is a vehicle for supporting and showcasing innovative and exciting work, contributing to the expansion of Pinellas County’s status as a vibrant arts and cultural destination.
“This program is significant to us because it is an investment in the future of arts and culture in Pinellas County,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas. “The artists chosen have something important to say and a compelling way of saying it. These grants give them connections and opportunity to take their art to the next level and create work that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors to Pinellas County.”
The artists who received these grants work in a variety of disciplines including visual arts, literary, theatre and filmmaking. Over the course of the grant period, recipients will provide an insight into their creative processes for interested visitors through blogs posted at creativepinellas.org. The Emerging Artist Exhibit is tentatively scheduled to open in May 2021.
“I am extremely grateful and honored to be included in this grant,” said artist Nick Davis. “I believe art is the key to expression and with this grant I will find new methods and ways to encourage my community that their Black Is Beautiful and we are all gifted with a purpose.”
Artist Emily Stehle adds, “What does the grant mean to me? It provides validation and credentials for me as a serious artisan. The Emerging Artist grant opens the door to a new creative world!”
For more information about Creative Pinellas, their programs, grants and activities, please visit creativepinellas.org or contact Sherri Kelly, Manager of Communications and Brand Relations at email@example.com.
About Creative Pinellas
At Creative Pinellas our mission is to foster and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative arts community across Pinellas County. We provide support, connection, and opportunities to artists, organizations, and the public in order to grow and sustain the area as an internationally recognized arts and cultural destination. We are focused on creating vibrant communities; supporting artists, arts organizations and the creative community; supporting economic development; and making arts and creative expression and experience available to all.
As the County’s Local Arts Agency, Creative Pinellas and the programs we deliver are funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Visit St Petersburg / Clearwater, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and by sales of the State of the Arts specialty license plate in Pinellas County.