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2013 Skip McKinney Fellowship announced

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Vandra Pentecost (third from left and flanked by members of the McKinney family) was awarded the Skip McKinney Fellowship Wednesday at the Indianapolis Art Center.
  • Vandra Pentecost (third from left and flanked by members of the McKinney family) was awarded the Skip McKinney Fellowship Wednesday at the Indianapolis Art Center.
It's one of the biggest prizes in the country given to an individual artist. And it honors the legacy of a student, artist, community leader - and mother to five, including NUVO editor/publisher Kevin McKinney.

The 2013 Skip McKinney Fellowship was awarded Wednesday to Vandra Pentecost, an Indianapolis Art Center painting and drawing instructor who has taught at the center since 2001 and headed up the drawing and painting department since 2011. The $20,000 fellowship is awarded to an Art Center faculty member who "exhibits excellence in his/her art, excellence in teaching and focuses on building community through art."

Pentecost was selected from among six finalists. The other five finalists - Dan Helrigel, digital arts instructor; Patrick Flaherty, printmaking instructor; Tom Laird, woodworking instructor; Irina Smulevitch, painting and drawing instructor; and Glen Evens, Sculpture instructor - will receive $1,000 each.

Beyond the cash award, Pentecost will present a solo exhibition in Dec. 2014 at the center.

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