2015 Delaware Individual Artist Fellows

iaf-banner-home-2015Delaware’s Individual Artist Fellowships recognize artists for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work.



Kimberly Reighley
Music: Solo Recital
“I want my writing to be more than simply a collection of anecdotes. I hope people will read my work and say, ‘I remember that feeling. Yes, I went through that as well.'”

Established Professionals


Robert M. Bickey
Visual Arts: Sculpture
“The fellowship helps to get that tool that has been on the list forever,” he says, “or that particular material that you would use if you had the extra cash.”


Gail Braune Comorat
Literature: Poetry
“In the last two years, I’ve challenged myself to write form poems never tackled before: centos, pantoums, and sweetelles.”


Kevin J. Cope
Music: Composition
“My sense of melody and harmony is a little different than everybody else’s. “It’s always sounded like me, but trying to veer away from sounding particularly Middle Eastern, sounding particularly jazz, sounding particularly rock, trying to fuse those all together…”


Christopher Nichols
Music: Solo Recital
“When presenting multiple performances of the same works, the interpretation changes each time with subtle nuances and variations.”


Russell Reece
Literature: Fiction
“You gotta write a lot of stuff before you start to feel like you’re equipped to be a writer. I wish I had started earlier. I really do.”


Jeffrey Rubin
Visual Arts: Photography
“I’m taking a painter’s approach. I am drawing out the color information that is contained within each photograph and using it as my palette.”


Billie Travalini
Literature: Creative Nonfiction
“I see all writing, perhaps nonfiction the most, through the eyes of a scientist or a mathematician. When I approach a story, I go with the idea that one and one has to equal two.”


Lance Winn
Visual Arts: Painting
“There’s never a fine line in thermal images, so the images to me can kind of take the everyday, and the thermal makes it a little bit melancholy, naturally, because it’s heat dissipating.”

Emerging Professionals


Judy Catterton
Literature: Creative Nonfiction
“I want my writing to be more than simply a collection of anecdotes. I hope people will read my work and say, ‘I remember that feeling. Yes, I went through that as well.'”


Barbara Gray
Literature: Fiction
“…you really have to step back and think, OK, am I writing this only because I’m interested in the subject or like the story or the characters appeal to me, or do I really want to publish it myself if no one will take it, or try to tailor something that would be sellable on the open market?”


Tom Newby
Visual Arts: Painting
“The characters have an enormous amount of inherent personality. They’re a mirror. They are blank, they are generic – they are you.”


Britania Redington
Music: Solo Recital
“I just remember feeling kind of special and really enjoying singing my lungs out.”


James Ulry
Visual Arts: Crafts
“For the most part, the theme, subject matter and/or final visual image is a result of experimenting with and creating a uniquely personal vocabulary of artistic elements.”


Lindsey Warren
Literature: Poetry
“I really find a lot of inspiration from feelings that don’t have a name,” she says. “Our emotional lives are so much more complex than just ‘happy’ or ‘sad’ or ‘angry.'”


Karoline Wileczek
Visual Arts: Work on Paper
“I capture, sometimes, memories in my work. It’s like a recording of the specificity of living.”


About the Fellowship

The Division offers fellowships in the artistic disciplines of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music, and visual arts. Artists’ work samples are reviewed by nationally recognized out-of-state arts professionals, considering both demonstrated creativity and skill in the art form.

The awards—$3,000 for Emerging Artists, $6,000 for Established Professionals, and $10,000 for Masters—allow artists to pursue advanced training, purchase equipment and materials, or fulfill
other needs that will help advance their careers.

The highest honor—the Masters Fellow—is reserved for those who meet rigorous criteria. Only one Masters Fellow can be awarded each year. Disciplines rotate every three years.

During the fellowship year, recipients are required to showcase their work in a public exhibit or performance in Delaware

For more details about the Individual Artist Fellowship program, please visit our Grants for Artists page.


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