Scottsdale resident among selected grant-winning artists

One Scottsdale resident was among nine other artists awarded the Artist Research and Development Grant by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the state of Arizona.

This highly-competitive grant program awards funding to Arizona artists practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines in support of research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. This year, 10 of 102 applicants received an award of up to $5,000 in funding, according to a press release.

In addition to the Artist Research and Development Grant, the Arts Commission also presented the Bill Desmond Writing Award, which offers funding in the amount of $1,000 to excelling nonfiction writers for specific project-related costs.

The recipient is selected from the pool of applicants for Artist Research and Development Grants, and a single applicant may be awarded both. The award was established by Kathleen Desmond to honor her late husband, Bill Desmond, a reporter, editor, and nonfiction writer.

2016 Artist Research and Development Grant Recipients

  • Juan Freitez (Phoenix), Digital Media Artist
  • Annie Guthrie (Tucson), Literary Artist
  • Carla Keaton (Tempe), Visual Artist
  • Cristóbal Martínez (Mesa), Digital Media Artist
  • Melani “Mele” Martinez (Tucson), Performing Artist
  • Lisa Molomot (Tucson), Digital Media Artist
  • Milta Ortiz (Tucson), Performing Artist
  • Lois Roma-Deeley (Scottsdale), Literary Artist
  • M. Jenea Sanchez (Douglas), Digital Media Artist
  • Shawn Skabelund (Flagstaff), Visual Artist

2016 Bill Desmond Writing Award Recipient

  • Annie Guthrie (Tucson), Literary Artist

Using the Arizona landscape as metaphor, theme and setting, Ms. Roma-Deeley will write a book-length series of linked narrative poems titled “Voices from the Desert: Witnesses and Outsiders,” according to the release.

Ms. Roma-Deeley is the author of three books of poetry and has been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals. She has won numerous awards and honors for her poetry, including the Samuel T. Coleridge Literary Prize.

Ms. Roma-Deeley has taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels for more than 25 years and was named U.S. Professor of the Year, Community College, by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the release stated.

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