Skip to main content

Boise State is well represented among Alexa Rose grant winners

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.