Eureka Springs artist receives Artists 360 grant

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Eureka Springs artist John Rankine has been named the recipient of an Artists 360 grant.

Rankine is one of 14 Northwest Arkansas artists to receive a project grant of $7,500. Called “Men With Earrings,” Rankine’s project is a portrait series of people in Eureka Springs who identify as male and wear an assortment of clip-on earrings. The idea of the project is to challenge perceived notions of gender and identity. It is a collection of 60 works and will include a solo exhibition, limited edition book and poster.

Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, is made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation. Twenty practicing and student artists were granted a total of $114,000 to further their work in the flourishing Northwest Arkansas area arts community, representing the four counties of Benton, Carroll, Sebastian and Washington.

These artists represent a diversity of communities, a range of Northwest Arkansas educational institutions and a wide scope of disciplines and projects.The Walton Family Foundation offers direct grants, as well as professional development services for the artists. Todd Stein, president and CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance, said the alliance is honored to invest in artists.

“The Artists 360 program was designed to identify and elevate the Northwest Arkansas area’s leading artists and to address critical gaps in support by providing the funding, professional development and networking opportunities needed for them to thrive,” Stein said. “We are deeply impressed by the depth of talent and range of artistic expression in the region as reflected in these artists and the contributions they make in their respective communities.”

Artists 360 is a three-year pilot program that will serve a total of 60 individual artists from the Northwest Arkansas area by 2021. These selected artists will receive cash awards in addition to professional development support services. The first professional development convening will take place Oct. 12-14.

For a full list of artists and projects, visit http://www.Artists360.art/.

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