Nashville — Georgann DeMille of Germantown, Tennessee has received a State Fellowship award of $5,000 from SouthArts, a regional arts organization headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Only nine artists from the southern region were selected and they were recognized at a ceremony on April 24 in Atlanta, GA.
DeMille received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Memphis in 2013 after beginning her studies forty years ago. She began working seriously after graduation. Her recent exhibits include: Women’s Works 2016, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, Illinois; Liturgical & Sacred Art 2016, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL; and Small Works Juried Exhibition, Lemonade Stand. Her first show was Love the Leaf at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis in 2013.
“Congratulations to Georgann on receiving this prestigious fellowship,” said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director, Tennessee Arts Commission. “Her work is an excellent example of the quality and depth of artists we are proud to have in Tennessee. We are excited to see what is in store for this talented artist.”
The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. From January through March 2017, over 850 visual artists submitted work for consideration, and a panel of jurors reviewed each application with the sole criterion of artistic excellence to determine the nine State Fellows.
“There is a deep well of artistic talent throughout our region,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “From traditional basket weaving through experimental 3D printing, the creative minds around us are producing brilliant work. The Southern Prize and State Fellowships are our way of celebrating the richness and diversity here in our backyards and shining a light on them for the region and the nation to see.”
Southern Prize and State Fellowships are supported by Alabama State Council on the Arts, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Joanne Calhoun, Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc., Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Cyberwoven, Evans General Contractors, Arnold and Fran Gellman, Georgia Council for the Arts, Kentucky Arts Council, J. Martin Lett, Louisiana Division of the Arts, CJ Lyons’ Buy a Book, Make a Difference, MailChimp, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Mississippi Arts Commission, North Carolina Arts Council, Scott and Terry Peterson, South Carolina Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Pat and Susie VanHuss, and powered by The Hambidge Center.