- "The Lost Weekend (thanks, Yoko)" 2009, by Lori Miles.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis announced the recipients of the 2011 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships last week, and I was delighted to find visual artist Lori Miles among the winners.
Miles, an Assistant Professor of Art at DePauw University, is an intriguing artist with a whimsical take on all things extraterrestrial who I remember as part of iMOCA’s show Phenomenon back in October, 2009, in which she seamlessly merged her interest in UFOs and aliens with a humorous pop sensibility.
Since first being awarded in 1999, the Lilly Endowment-funded Arts Council renewal fellowships have paid out more than $2.6 million to 329 local artists and arts administrators. The grant, worth $10,000 apiece, is given to fellows as an opportunity to refresh and renew their artistic work. A panel convened by the Arts Council — a panel consisting of arts professionals from outside Indianapolis — judges the applications and chooses the recipients.
Miles is pleased to find herself on the list of winners and the possibilities it will provide. “I think the timing of it was really appropriate. I have my first sabbatical coming up next year. This will help me take advantage of the time in a really special way.”
The fellowship will enable Miles to apprentice in an auto body shop, learn the art of shoemaking with a cobbler, and explore industrial techniques of replication like mold making. “I’m also taking a welding certification class,” she says.
I look forward to finding out how mastery of these assorted earthy tradecrafts affect Miles’ far-flung artistic explorations.
Here’s the entire list of winners:
Susan Watt Grade
LaShawnda Crowe Storm
Pete Brown; Eiteljorg Museum
Kevin Harmon; Indianapolis Art Center
Elise Kushigan; Clowes Memorial Hall
Joel Markus; Indiana Repertory Theatre
Richard McCoy; Indianapolis Museum of Art
Joanna Taft; Harrison Center for the Arts
Ophelia Wellington; Freetown Village
Meg Williams; Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra