FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2013
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
2013 N.H. Artist Fellowships announced
The N.H. State Council on the Arts has announced the recipients of the 2013 Individual Artist Fellowships and Honorable Mentions in the area of performing arts. Individual Artist Fellowships honor the excellence and professional commitment of New Hampshire artists who help make New Hampshire’s communities vibrant places to live, work and visit.
The statewide recognition that a Fellowship offers raises public appreciation of an artist’s work and increases opportunities for these professional artists to contribute more to their communities and to the creative economy of our state. As part of their Fellowship, recipients are required to hold four public events that engage people in a variety of settings with the goal of broadening the impact the artist has on communities.
Individual Artist Fellowship applications are reviewed by a panel of cultural specialists assembled by the State Arts Council. This year’s Individual Artist Fellows are:
Lawrence Siegel, composer, Westmoreland.
An accomplished music composer, theater artist, scholar and performer, Larry Siegel is the creative force behind “Kaddish,” a work for chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra that incorporates words taken directly from interviews with Holocaust survivors. Throughout his career, he has facilitated participatory, interdisciplinary residencies in the creation and performance of original works of music-theater, most recently as artistic director and founder of Tricinium, Limited, and director of its Verbatim Project. Siegel has received three fellowships from the prestigious MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., and received a fellowship in composition from Tanglewood, in Massachusetts. As a three-time recipient of a State Arts Council Fellowship, Siegel will be inducted as a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Lifetime Fellow. For more information, visit his website at: www.tricinium.com.
T.J. Wheeler, musician, Hampton Falls.
T.J. Wheeler is a versatile and accomplished musician, vocalist and educator specializing in what has come to be known as “American Roots Music.” His repertoire includes instrumentals and songs from the Underground Railroad, old-time string and jug bands, Delta blues, the Civil Rights movement, New Orleans traditional jazz, and uptown rhythm and blues, as well as his own original blues and jazz compositions. Wheeler is equally at home playing the electric guitar, cigar box guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin, ukulele, piano and accompanying music with tap shoes. Over his 40 year career, Wheeler has shared stages with such legends as B.B. King, the Neville Brothers, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal and Odetta. He is a tireless educator and has worked with nearly a half-million students worldwide, including many at-risk youth, through his Hope, Heroes and the Blues education program.
For more information, visit his website at: www.tjwheeler.net.
This year, four artists were selected by the State Arts Council’s Fellowship review panel to receive Honorable Mentions for their work in performing arts. They are:
- Karol B. Carroll, Manchester – Mezzo soprano and founder of Belle Voci vocal ensemble. Website: www.karolcarroll.com.
- Theo Martey, Manchester – Dancer and choreographer, specializing in West African drumming and dance; leader of Akwaaba Ensemble. Website: www.akwaabaensemble.com.
- Frank Wallace, Antrim – Guitarist, lutenist, baritone and composer, specializing in classical and contemporary solo and chamber music. Website: www.frankwallace.com.
- Jeff Warner, Portsmouth – Musician and vocalist, specializing in songs of America’s rural past. Website: www.jeffwarner.com.
“The range of performing arts genres represented by this year’s Fellowship recipients and the Honorable Mentions represent the breadth and excellence of arts here in New Hampshire,” said Lynn Martin Graton, N.H. State Council on the Arts’ acting director. “Their commitment to sharing their music broadly and to working with young people to nurture creativity in others is outstanding. We are fortunate they call New Hampshire home.”
The N.H. State Council on the Arts has awarded Individual Artist Fellowships to artists in literary arts, visual arts and performing arts since 1981. Fellows must be New Hampshire residents for at least one year prior to their Fellowship and must agree to remain residents during their full Fellowship year.
For more information about the Individual Artist Fellowships, visit www.nh.gov/nharts/artsandartists/fellows.html.
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.