The Arts Commission Announces September 2019 Accelerator Grant Recipients

Eye On Art  |  11/01/2019 10:30 am

The Arts Commission is pleased to announce the fifth group of recipients of the 2019 Accelerator Grants. This program offers financial support with quick turn-around for local individual artists or artist collectives advancing creative projects and their careers. A committee comprised of members of the visual, performing and literary arts communities meets each grant cycle to review applications and make recommendations for funding to the Arts Commission staff and board. The September deadline was the final 2019 deadline; the program will return in spring 2020.

The August grantees are Josh Byers, Jacob Jones, Bradley Scherzer, and José Treviño.

Accelerator Grant Recipient Josh Byers shared:

The addition of a new welder to the studio will impact my work immensely. Having a tool/machine that allows me to fabricate and forge metal into parts of paintings and sculpture will be a crucial element of my art for years to come.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Josh Byers (60wattfunnel) received a bachelor’s degree in Sculpture from Bowling Green State University. He lives and works in Toledo, Ohio. Byers has had solo exhibitions with Pau Hana and River House Arts, and has participated in group exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art and the Klemm Gallery at Siena Heights University, among many others.

Jacob Jones graduated in May 2019 with his BFA in Digital Arts from Bowling Green State University. Though his degree is specialized in Digital Arts, Jones found his passion for glassblowing after taking an elective course while attending BGSU. Having completed every class within the glass program, Jones is now currently creating a body of work that combines both analog and digital practices. His work has been featured in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankleman Galleries for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Annual Undergraduate Exhibitions, held in Bowling Green, OH. Most recently, he received the award of Best in Show in the category of glass in the 2018 Annual Undergraduate Exhibition. Jones is currently employed at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion as a Glass Studio Artist. At the Museum, he participates in public demonstrations and leads public workshops to educate museum guests about glass as a material and an art form.

Bradley Scherzer is a professional artist, art educator and arts coordinator dealing in both studio and public art making. As a matter of both profession and ambition, he pursues ways to engage youth and the general public in the arts, and furthermore engages other artists in art making. He combines his art with many tangential interests and daily discoveries, the result of which are often both novel and familiar. Through the diversity of his creations, he hopes to manifest the spoils of his research, experimentation, and creativity. Scherzer will use Accelerator Grant funding to fabricate

José Treviño will use Accelerator Grant funding to continue work on his sculptures year-round. By purchasing battery operated chainsaws, Treviño will be able to work indoors at the Sophia Quintero Art & Cultural Center throughout the winter.

The Arts Commission Artist Services programming is generously supported by ProMedica, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.