PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Leeway Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of eleven women artists to receive its April 2003 Window of Opportunity (WOO) grants. The grants provide short-term, immediate assistance to individual women artists living in the Philadelphia area who wish to take advantage of specific opportunities that significantly benefit their work or increase its recognition. Grants totaling $19,962 were awarded to:
Lynne Allen (Bucks county) $2,000
Works On Paper: Solo exhibition of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND. Support toward framing.
Marianne Bernstein (Philadelphia county) $2,000
Film/Video: Creation of a short documentary on Jewish American WWII veterans to be screened at Gershman's Jewish Film Festival. Support toward production expenses.
Nichole Canuso (Philadelphia county) $2,000
Dance: Performance of choreography at NYC's Dance Theatre Workshop as part of a Split Stream showcase. Support towards dancer fees and travel and production expenses.
Andrea Clearfield (Philadelphia county) $1,500
Music: Mentorship to study orchestration in preparation for the world premiere of a composition at the Kimmel Center. Support towards mentorship fees and travel expenses.
Barbara Gregson (Philadelphia county) $2,000
Theater: Mentorship with a performance artists/mask maker at the Brushwood Folklore Center in Sherman, NY. Support towards travel and mentorship fees.
Amanda Miller (Philadelphia county) $2,000
Dance: Residency at London's Battersea Arts Center with Sharp Wire and work with Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Support towards travel and lodging expenses.
Keiko Miyamori (Philadelphia county) $1,500
Installation Art: Creation of a video to complete an outdoor sculptural installation at Pittsburgh's Society for Contemporary Craft. Support towards editing and post-production expenses.
Sharon Mullally (Philadelphia county) $2,000
Film/Video: Creation of a trailer for a documentary on senior citizen environmental activists to premiere at Germantown's Center in the Park. Support towards production expenses.
Anne Seidman (Philadelphia county) $1,212
Painting/Drawing: Exhibition at the George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. Support towards framing and travel expenses.
Sarah Zwerling (Philadelphia county) $1,750
Sculpture/Video: Solo exhibition of sculptural form of silk and hand-blown sugar with video projection at the University City Arts League. Support towards materials.
The Leeway Foundation's Window of Opportunity grants support specific, concrete and timely opportunities that have a significant impact on an artist s work such as an exceptional chance for advanced study with a significant mentor; travel associated with a residency, reading, performance or exhibition; or rental of equipment or purchase of materials needed to complete a scheduled project. Women artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply and may request up to $2,000.
To be eligible for a WOO grant, artists must be female, 20 years of age or older, current/permanent residents of the Philadelphia five-county area, and have already secured a commitment from a recognized organization or sponsor for the project for which they are applying. Full time students are not eligible.
Remaining 2003 WOO Application Deadline:
Applications are available on The Leeway Foundation website, leeway.org, or by calling The Leeway Foundation at 215-545-4078.
About The Leeway Foundation
Founded in 1993,The Leeway Foundation supports individual women artists, arts programs and arts organizations, focusing on the Greater Philadelphia region, in order to help them achieve personal and community transformation. Leeway supports women artists of all backgrounds, traditions, art forms and stages of development.
In addition to the Window of Opportunity grants, in 2003 The Leeway Foundation will make awards to emerging and established artists in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction.