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N.H. Artist Fellowships announced

The N.H. State Council on the Arts has announced the recipients of the 2012 Individual Artist Fellowships and Honorable Mentions in the area of Visual Arts and Crafts. 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.

This year’s Individual Artist Fellows are:

Maureen Mills, ceramic artist, Portsmouth. Mills has operated an open studio at Strawbery Banke Museum since 1987 and has been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen since 1989. Her work incorporates a variety of techniques, blending Old World traditions in clay with contemporary expressions to create unique forms, colors and textures. She is the current Ceramics Department chair at the N.H. Institute of Art and has taught workshops in Japan and throughout New England.

Alice Ogden, traditional basket maker, Salisbury. Ogden has been a basket maker for more than 35 years and is nationally recognized for her expertise in creating finely crafted baskets from locally grown and harvested Black Ash trees, using traditional methods of pounding and stripping off layers of growth rings from ash logs. She has been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire craftsmen since 1980. A long-time member of the N.H. State Council on the Arts’ Artist Roster, each year she teaches several artist residencies in schools and communities throughout the state.

The three artists receiving Honorable Mentions for their work in Visual Arts and Crafts are:

Garry Kalajian, an artistic blacksmith from Bradford who specializes in traditional hand forging; Gail Rousseau, a photographer from Franklin whose work has shown throughout New Hampshire; and Paul Wainwright, a photographer from Atkinson whose first book, "A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England," was published by Peter E. Randall Publisher of Portsmouth in early 2010.

“The distinction of being selected for an Individual Artist Fellowship helps bring these truly excellent artists to the attention of more people,” said Lynn Martin Graton, N.H. State Council on the Arts’ acting director. “Our requirement that Fellows engage with people of all ages in meaningful ways, in turn, helps shape our communities into more active, productive and creative places.”

The N.H. State Council on the Arts has awarded 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

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




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