Three Santa Cruz County artists were awarded the Rydell Fellowship which is made possible through a donor-advised fund established by Roy and Frances Rydell at the Community Foundation, to support the arts in Santa Cruz County in perpetuity.
2016 FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS:
Helen and Newton Harrison are pioneers of the eco-art movement. For over forty-five years they’ve worked with biologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to explore ideas that use the arts as a vehicle for environmental change. They've presented their work in two Venice Biennales, two Sao Paolo Biennales, the Museums of Modern Art in Chicago, San Francisco, Bonn (Germany), Ljublijana (Slovenia) and the Museum of the Revolution in Zagreb (Croatia).
Irene Lusztig is an associate professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. Born in England to Romanian parents, she grew up in Boston and lived in Europe, China and Russia. Her film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings and has been screened around the world and on television in the US, Europe, and Taiwan. Filmmaker Magazine listed her among “25 New Faces of Indie Film” in 2003. She holds a MFA from Bard College.
2017 FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT:
Kathleen Crocetti brings people together to talk and make art around a place or common interest, as a way to strengthen and build community. She uses a range of material including fabric, clay, steel, glass, paper and recycled items. Her work has been shown at the Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, and the Wood Gallery (Vermont). Her public engagement works can be seen throughout Santa Cruz County. She holds a M.A from Norwich University.
Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday noon - 5 pm.
Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County website: www.cfscc.org/RydellVisualArtsFund.
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