Since 2015, the Boise-based Alexa Rose Foundation has awarded 256 artists with grants of $500 to $5,000 to pursue travel, materials, equipment, tuition, work space, production costs and more across a range of disciplines.
Many artists with connections to Boise State received grants in the 2020 cycle:
Visual Art and art history:
- Printmaking student Kimberly Brandel: One-month artist residency at Constellation Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska.
- BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry Cami Ruth Clemo: Supplies and participation in online coursework to better work as a jewelry maker.
- Adjunct faculty member Erin Cunningham: Creation of a new body of sculptural works.
- MFA in visual art Migel Delgado: Supplies and time off to create six new pieces of work in ongoing series reflecting on physical belonging and homeland.
- Faculty member Niharika Dinkar: Travel to London to conduct archival research for an art history book.
- BFA in illustration J. Lupe Galvan: Canvases, paint and workbench to create a series of 10-20 paintings.
- BFA in sculpture Charles Haman: Shapeoko desktop CNC machine and associated equipment to expand and explore personal sculptural process.
- Metalsmithing and jewelry student Maite Iribarren-Gorrindo: Metalworking equipment to expand home studio post-graduation.
- BFA in illustration Ben Konkol: New laptop for illustration work.
- Faculty member Lily Martina Lee: Travel to photograph a series of site-specific textile projects paying homage to the female victims of the Great Basin Murders.
- Sculpture student John Mayton: Festool Domino and accessory kit for woodworking.
- Interdisciplinary student Will Miller: Photography lighting kit and backdrop to catalogue handmade clothes.
- BFA in visual arts Bryan Moore: Time-off to complete a series of paintings.
- BFA in illustration Holly Papa: Cintiq Pro 24-inch touch and coordinating stand to improve digital illustration.
- BFA in art metals Rachel Reichert: Travel to the Wildacres Residency program in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
- Faculty member Jonathan Sadler: Black and white film to photograph early 1900s cabins on Echo Lake.
- Drawing and painting student Jessica Scheider: Immersive darkness retreat.
- Sculpture student Gia Strang: MIG welder and metal chop saw for home studio.
- BFA in drawing and painting Zach Thurmond: Portable printing press.
- Arts Entrepreneurship adjunct faculty member Elena Tomorowitz: Travel to Montana for research to complete poetry manuscript.
Five Boise State faculty received grants for musical projects:
- Brian Hodges: Purchase of a Baroque five-string cello.
- Sarah Paradis: One-on-one mentorship to strengthen academic and performance skills as a Trombonist.
- Heidi Kraay: Travel expenses, housing and time off to take a new play to London’s RADA Festival.
- Gordon Reinhart: Commission of original music for a one-man theatrical adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
- Tracy Sunderland: Professional development.
- Faculty member Phil Atlakson: Filming, special effects, and editing for production of The Dream of an American Nut-Job.
- Staff member Chelsea Smith: Producing and directing an original short film.
- MFA in creative writing J. Reuben Appelman: Film production funds to execute trailer and look book for narrative adaptation of true crime novel, The Kill Jar.
- BFA in creative writing John Barrie: Time off to finish novel.
- MFA in creative writing Di Bei: Publishing and translation fees for two novels.
- MFA in creative writing Katie Fuller: Submission fees for book contests and journals.
- MFA in creative writing Aurora Mehlman: Travel expenses to Chicago for site-specific research for first novel.
- Faculty member Elizabeth Rodgers: Commission of sample panels for graphic novel, Exodus 1947, inspired by a documentary of the same name.