Composers Awarded Prestigious Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards

Composers Awarded Prestigious Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards
Written by Andrew Paa

Kent State faculty members Dr. Adam Roberts and Chris Coles have been awarded Individual Excellence Awards by the Ohio Arts Council. Each will receive a $5,000 grant in recognition of their exemplary body of work, which will support their continued growth and development.

These grants are decided by their artist-peers and were awarded in the areas of choreography, criticism, fiction and nonfiction, music composition, playwriting/screenplays, and poetry. Over 70 members of Ohio’s artist community received grants, including School of Theatre and Dance faculty members Kimberly Karpanty and Samuel McIntosh as well as Wick Poetry Executive Director David Hassler.

In a statement from the Council, Executive Director Donna Collins said, “The Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Awards give artists the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for their exemplary artistic achievements. Through their art, the individuals selected for these grants have expressed visionary ideas, spoken in a diversity of voices, and explored thought-provoking topics and themes from a variety of viewpoints. We congratulate the Individual Excellence Award recipients and thank them for enriching Ohio’s creative community.”​​​​​​​

Read their full statement and list of recipients here.

POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:51am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:51am