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It's the Great North Texas Awards – Scholarships – Grants – Donations Day!
by Jerome Weeks 7 Jun 2010

Someone must have forgotten to tell me that June 7 is the day for all sorts of happy arts-and-money announcements. We’ll highlight the important recipients and money figures as we go along, ‘K?


Someone must have forgotten to tell me that June 7 is the day for all sorts of happy arts-and-money announcements. We’ll highlight the important recipients and money figures as we go along, ‘K?

First, the biggest and simplest: Frito-Lay has donated $50,000 to the Arts of Collin County, the performance hall and park that’s supposed to get built near Custer Parkway and Sam Rayburn Tollway. Frito-Lay has been HQ’d in Plano for twenty years, so it makes sense, Al Carey, Frito CEO is quoted in the press release.

Second, the Goss-Michael Foundation has announced the high school winners of four $5,000 scholarships designed to encourage promising young talents.

Ricky Ramirez of Farmers Branch form the Kenny Goss Art Scholarship for his mixed-media piece, Virus. He’ll attend Texas Tech University this fall with a major in fine arts.

D’Andre Horn, a singer from Dallas, won the George Michael Music Scholarship. H’ell be attending Columbia College in Chicago.

The Goss-Michael Foundation DFW Art Scholarship for visual arts went to Rowlett High senior James Moore for his scratch board piece, A Winter’s Night.

And finally, the Goss-Michael Foundation Texas Art Scholarship was awarded to Catarina Williams, a Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts senior, for her mixed-media piece, Houston  City.

Now for the most complicated announcement with the fewest relevant money figures. The Dallas Museum of Art has announced the 16 winners of its various Awards to Artists, including travel grants, awards to recognize exceptional young artists in Texas and another set for young artists (15 to 25) who reside in Texas,  Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona or Colorado.

Courtney Brown (UT-Arlington) will use the money to finance a week-long performing project exploring the Dakota Sioux’s medicine wheel rituals.

Rachel Brownlee (Trinity University in San Antonio) will create a visual environment that mimics the process of sound perception.

Tamara Joy Hunt (UT-Austin) plans to retrace artist Robert Smithson’s footsteps through Yucatan as related in his Incidents of Mirror-Travel in the Yucatan.

Nicole Loehr (UNT) will continue a series of portraits she began in 2008 that explore bipolar disorder.

Chelsey Mulnix (UNT) incorporates fabric collage elements in her portraits.

Melisa Oporto (UNT) will further develop a longstanding series fo photos, La Familia Oporto.

John Osburn (Texas Woman’s University) will use the funds to orchestrate a community-based, collaborative project combining sound, dance and visual arts to be performed in Denton this summer.

Sonya Berg (UT-Austin) will use the funds to continue her current series of paintings and drawings related to empty municipal pools.

Rachel Cox (UNT grad) will produce a series of photographs depicting densely packed domestic space.

Jasmyne Graybill (UT-San Antonio grad) sculpts fictional organisms that infest and overtake domestic spaces.

Clayton Hurt (Texas Christian University grad) will embark on a new project exploring interactive art.

Alfredo Salazar-Caro (Brookhaven College) intends to develop large-scale mixed-media proejcts involving video and sculpture.

Trey Wright (UNT) will develop Islands, in which he combines photos to create artificial scenes of urban landscapes.

Billy Zinser (UT-Austin grad) will continue to create his animated MACODRON characters, including claymation videos and large-scale public versions.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji (San Jose State University grad) will travel to Nigeria for three months to engage with her ancestral Yoruba culture for her artistic narratives.

Jeremy Smith (self-taught cartoonist) will travel to New York to collaborate with Al Columbia, creator of Pim & Francie — and  a professional cartoonist whom Smith admires.