SMACK MELLON STUDIOS, Brooklyn, New York, received a two-year grant of $28,000 to subsidize the participation of emerging artists in the exhibition program. Smack Mellons mission is to nurture and support emerging and under-represented mid-career artists by providing access to technology, studio space and exhibition opportunities. The organization also supports an artist-in-residence program. Jerome funding will finance eight exhibitions, four in 2000 and four in 2001. Grant funds will cover the expenses of honoraria, materials, technical assistance, promotion, administrative support and insurance. The 2000 exhibition schedule begins with The Skin Game, an exploration of the nature of skin and the tension it creates as dialogue.
SHAUN EL C. LEONARDO, performance artist, Astoria, New York, will travel to San Diego, California, and Guanajuato, Mexico, to attend a special training session in movement to inform his performance. Leonardos work explores the confusion, desperation and, often times, failure people experience when attempting to either locate themselves within popular cultures or aspire to unattainable ideals.
JULIE ELHARD, is a string musician and teacher who received funding to spend two weeks in Seattle, Washington, studying early music performance on the vielle and viola da gamba with Margret Tindeman. Elhard performs medieval and renaissance music on these instruments and plans to create a professional da gamba consort.
The CIRCUM-ARTS FOUNDATION, New York City, is a multipurpose arts service organization that frequently acts as fiscal agent for independent artists. Composer NATHAN CURRIER, an established mid-career composer, received through the fiscal agent sponsorship of Circum-Arts Foundation, a grant of $15,000 toward the development of a new work titled Gaian Variations. The work is an expression through music, text, some projections and limited staging of the Gaia hypothesis, a scientific theory that is based on the idea that the Earth itself is a living organism. British scientist James Lovelock will provide the text, expounding upon his theory. Currier made the case that this work represented a significant risk for him, and that it had the potential to define his career long after the premiere.