Kent Cultural Alliance selects five local artists for Chesapeake Heartland Artist fellowship

Five local artists have been selected as 2021 Kent Cultural Alliance, Chesapeake Heartland Artists Fellowship. KCA will fund each artist as they create new works inspired by African American people living in Kent County, as found in the Chesapeake Heartland archives. The artists are, from left, Gordon Wallace, Allen Johnson, Mike Pugh, Jason Patterson and Bogey Brown.

CHESTERTOWN — Bogey Brown, Allen Johnson, Jason Patterson, Mike Pugh and Gordon Wallace — in alphabetical order — have been selected as the winning artists for the 2021 Kent Cultural Alliance, Chesapeake Heartland Artists Fellowship. These fellowships are also supported by a grant from the Hedgelawn Foundation.

The KCA is proud to be a county-wide partner for the Washington College Starr Center’s “Chesapeake Heartland: An African American Humanities Project,” a news release states.

As part of this collaboration, KCA is funding five local artists to create new works inspired by the incredible stories, images and artifacts related to the experiences of African Americans in Kent County, as found in the Chesapeake Heartland archive.

Each artist will select one or two items from the archive, and will then be connected to the person who shared these items originally, to learn more. The primary goal is to increase public engagement with these important stories, through the arts, the release states.

The Chesapeake Heartland archive is available to the public at chesapeakeheartland.org.

Each an accomplished artist in their own right, the five fellowship winners will approach these stories through the media of film, digital art, ceramics, photography and portraiture, the release states. Each of the artists will receive a stipend of $1,500 for their work and the fellowships will culminate with a public exhibition in the autumn of 2021.

The artists were selected by a team of three board members of the Kent Cultural Alliance: Stephanie LaMotte, Carla Massoni and Robert Earl Price; and three Steering Committee members of the Chesapeake Heartland Project: Airlee Johnson, Darius Johnson and Doncella Wilson.

Over the course of the fellowship period, the Kent Cultural Alliance will be sharing more about each of the artists, their selections, and their process. Follow the Kent Cultural Alliance on Facebook and Instagram for more updates, and join their mailing list either through their website at kentculture.org or by calling 410-778-3700 to leave either an email or regular mailing address.

The Kent Cultural Alliance is funded in large part by the Maryland State Arts Council, a division of the Maryland Department of Commerce, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the people of Kent County, the release states.

The Kent Cultural Alliance serves the residents of Kent County supporting and creating inclusive artistic and cultural experiences designed to connect communities through shared conversations, the release states.

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