Gene & Liz Brandzel Fellowship & EDGE Scholarship
Gene and Liz Brandzel with Program Manager Miguel Guillen.
For the Brandzel family, artist support is a family affair this year. To mark both her and her father’s birthdays, Anne Devereux’s perfect gift for her parents, Gene and Liz Brandzel, was a named Artist Trust Fellowship. Fellowships award $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. The Fellowship is a merit-based, not a project-based award. Recipients are determined by peer panels of artists and arts professionals from around and outside Washington State. The primary criterion for selection is artistic excellence.
To arrive at their decision as to which recipient would be named the Gene and Liz Brandzel Fellowship, Gene and Liz reviewed the 16 recipients of this year’s Fellowships. For 2012, artists working in Music, Media, Literary and Craft disciplines were eligible. Using their extensive experience in art appreciation and art making, Gene and Liz engaged in a dynamic conversation, appreciating each recipient’s vision. Choosing the work of just one talented artist out of so many is not an easy task, and Gene and Liz gained an appreciation of the work of the grant panelists who adjudicated 419 applications.
Feeling the tug between supporting artists working in their personal artistic discipline of choice, craft, or one new to them, Gene and Liz performed their own personal ritual of comparing their artistic preferences to arrive at a final choice: Webster Crowell, recipient of a 2012 Media Fellowship.
Liz (paraphrased): “It was Webster’s way of merging materials and using body language. There were no words, but it was a wonderful combination to create a story, drawing emotion. It got me excited.”
Ultimately, Gene and Liz agreed on their criteria: Webster’s work would satisfy their wish to learn and understand new forms of art. We all went away inspired by this year’s recipients, for Webster in particular… and for Gene and Liz!
Thank you to Anne Devereux and David Mills for sponsoring the Gene and Liz Brandzel Fellowship and EDGE Scholarship.
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