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2023-24 GRANTEES

The Alexa Rose Foundation is committed to empowering artists of all backgrounds to reach their fullest artistic potential. This year's Artist Grants honor a talented and diverse cohort of 50 artists from all disciplines and experience levels. In total, $144,000 in awards was allocated to support their creative development. The selection process involved a panel consisting of subject experts and peers from our community. Grants of up to $5000 were awarded to individuals in the Treasure Valley, providing them with resources to further their artistic pursuits. Congratulations to this year's grantees! We thank each artist who applied.

Photography, Printmaking, Painting, Other

Ben Konkol  Travel, lodging and expenses to attend the biannual illustration conference ICON

Jessica Henry - Painting - Studio space rental

Shelley Jund - Painting - Art supplies and materials for a large scale series of work to be exhibited at the VAC (Visual Arts Collective)

Susan Lasater - Painting - Adjustable crank easel for accessibility

Joshua Olson - Painting - Funding towards materials for construction of a yurt art studio

Guadalupe Rodrigues-Juarez - Painting - Computer supplies and course tuition for digital illustration

Jill Storey - Painting - Registration, workshop fees, and materials to attend IAPS convention (International Association of Pastel Societies)

Katinka Van Dyk - Painting - Funding towards studio space rental

 Katarzyna Cepek - Photography - Travel expenses and materials for travel to Poland to create a series of work relating to her journey

Linda Ledbetter - Photography - Camera body and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 lens to facilitate specific wildlife photography

Nette Shaff - Photography - Building materials and supplies to convert garage into year-round photo studio

Tony Emerson - Printmaking - Design computer for digital printmaking

Ceramics, Glass, Metal, Textiles, Wood, Other

Mahlory Reisch - Ceramics - Pugmill for custom clay mixing and formulation

Lois Urizar - Ceramics- Digital display replacement for kiln

Natasha Heron - Glass - Lampworking torch, foot pedal, and shipping fee for glass art

Susan Madacsi - Glass - Protective gear for hand manipulation of hot glass (aluminum hood, jacket and gloves) and stainless steel shaping tools to create work for art fairs

OJ Johnson - Metal - Jewelry making tools

Lauren Kistner - Metal - Jewelers bench and stool for use in creating wearable art

Anika Smulovitz - Metal - Funding towards microprocessors, sensors, and materials to create wearable artwork


Serena Allen-Szatkowski - Other - Travel, supplies, expenses and workshop fee for marble carving in Florence, Italy with Jason Arkles

Margo Harness - Other - Funding towards tools and supplies for a series of work


Ayla Kaltenecker - Textiles - Yarn for large fiber art wall hanging

Toby Robin - Textiles - Funding towards new wood hat blocks and brim plates for creating custom hats

Astri Snodgrass - Textiles - Industrial sewing machine for creating large, sculptural paper quilts

Travis Winters - Textiles - Industrial sewing machine for creating original clothing designs


Stephen Fisher - Wood - Tools and supplies to create original wooden spoons

Derek Hurd - Wood - Full sized lathe to create custom wood furniture


Dance, Music, Theater, Opera, Other

Meridian Negilski- Dance - Studio rental and video recording equipment for choreography of original dance pieces expressing traditional African concepts; to be debuted at four main annual events within the Black community of Boise


Jean Cardeno - Music- Recording, mixing and mastering services of original songs

Riley Johnson - Music- Computing system for music composing and video editing

Taylor King - Music - Computing system for music composing and mixing

Leslie Moreau - Music- Funding towards the purchase of a Bass clarinet

Ian Niblett - Music- Funding towards drum set and gear for gigging locally

Jesse Rundle - Music- Recording, mixing and mastering services of original songs

Lorie Scherer - Music- Cello bow

Andrew Stensaas - Music - Recording, mixing, editing, and mastering of original music for album


Zach Herbert  Funding to complete a short film

June Manville  Travel, coaching, and training facility expenses for one year as an aerial performer


Jennifer Gorman - Theater - Travel, lodging, and tuition for actor combatant workshop

Jodeen Revere - Theater - Travel, lodging, and registration fees to participate in the United Solo Fest Fringe Festival in New York

Drama, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Other

Maimuna Dali Islam - Fiction- Supplemental living expenses while revising novel in preparation for publisher

Erin Kleveland - Fiction- Historical research material for a novel

Marguerite Louise Lawrence - Fiction- Travel and lodging expenses to Croatia to research and create a complete fiction manuscript

Christi Nogie - Fiction- Travel, lodging, expenses, and registration fee to attend the StokerCon Convention (as artist in nominated in First Novel and Anthology categories)

Isabelle Shifrin - Fiction- Funding towards website design and development to showcase micro and flash fiction, nonfiction and literary fiction, and blog

Aurora Stone Mehlman - Fiction- Living expenses while completing a novel

CL Young - Non-fiction- Artist residency fee for Vermont Studio Center

Diana Forgione - Poetry- Computer for completing poetry manuscript for publication, and editing and design work

Hallie Maxwell - Film- Video equipment for documentary work

Matthew Wade - Film- Equipment for the production of a 2D animated film

Film, Video

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