The Arts Commission Announces September 2020 Accelerator Grant Recipients

Eye On Art  |  10/14/2020 1:00 pm

The Arts Commission is pleased to announce the second group of recipients of the 2020 Accelerator Grants. This program offers financial support with quick turn-around for local individual artists or artist collectives, advancing creative projects and their careers with grants up to $1500. A committee made up 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. This is the final round of Accelerator Grants for 2020; the program is expected to return in the spring of 2021.

The September 2020 grantees are Lee Fearnside, Dominick Gray, Harley King, Larry Mack, Janine Ody-Miller, and Paul Verdell

Lee Fearnside published O! Relentless Death: Celebrity, Loss and Mourning with her brother in 2018, and the book won the IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year and Independent Voice Award in 2019. She holds a MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited in museums and galleries across the country and lives in Toledo, Ohio with her wife and son. Fearnside will use Accelerator Grant funds to purchase materials for a projectinterviewing community change-makers paired with images that react to those conversations.

Dominick Gray’s band Telesonic 9000 mixes original music with film clips assembled from hundreds of midcentury archive films. The end result is a unique, kaleidoscopic live show which falls somewhere between a concert and film screening. The support from the Arts Commission Accelerator Grant Program will be used to license high quality video footage to be showcased in performances and on video platforms, signifying a massive leap in visual quality and presentation. I look forward to this exciting improvement in the evolution of the project.

Harley King began creating Zentangles in 2012 and since then he has created over 600 abstract works. King teaches the Zentangle artistic method to clients of the Victory Center, a cancer support organization. Accelerator Funds will be used for workshop tuition to continue his certification in this method.

Through a refurbishing process, Larry Mack uses the history of vintage saws to create imagery of trees. He has been a professional artist for more than 25 years as a mixed media artist specializing in glass blowing and metal working. The Accelerator Grant funding will be used to purchase a new plasma cutter to improve and enhance the quality of the cuts on each saw.

Janine Ody-Miller grew up in Lambertville, Michigan, where she and her three brothers spent their childhood surrounded by woods, open fields, and horse farms. Stained glass art first captured her imagination as a child and she remains enchanted by the medium today. She enjoys mixing materials with glass, such as metal and wood, to create site-specific art pieces and sculpture for use in many settings, including meditative Thought Gardens. These environments promote a link between the wellness of mind and spirit, making a place of healing. Ody-Miller will use Accelerator Grant funding to purchase a CNC router.

Paul Verdell’s work is a constant exploration of color and abstraction through the lens of life. Verdell graduated with his BFA from Bowling Green State University. He has participated in the Macedonia Institute residency in Chatham, NY and has had artwork commissioned by Spotify and Library Street Collective for Rocket Mortgage Field House. Verdell currently works out of his studio in Toledo, Ohio. Accelerator Grant funding will be used for supplies to create paintings and drawings continuing his exploration of figuration, plant still life, and landscape.

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