FY02 Master/Apprentice Program Awards

Illinois Arts Council Announces Ethnic & Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program Awards

CHICAGO- The Illinois Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2002 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program awards. Twenty-three master/apprentice pairs received awards totaling $69,000 this year. The Master/Apprentice Program recognizes the need for structured opportunities to pass on traditional arts as part of the preservation of the state’s cultural heritage. The program fosters this traditional teaching and learning relationship by providing a $2000 honorarium to the master artist and a $1000 stipend to the apprentice.

Traditional ethnic and folk arts eligible for support include those artistic practices which have a community or family base, express that community’s aesthetic, heritage and tradition, and have endured through several generations. These art forms are expressions of the particular culture of the regional, national, ethnic, tribal, or language group from which they spring.

For additional information about the Master/Apprentice Program, contact the Director of Ethnic and Folk Arts at 312/814-6740 or the Director of Artists Services at 312/814-4991, 800/237-6994, toll free in Illinois, 312-814-4831TTY for individuals who are deaf or have hearing or voice impairments, or Susan@arts.state.il.us via e-mail.

Awards are based on the recommendation of cultural specialists. The FY02 jury consisted of three out-of-state jurors, and one in-state, non-voting, juror. The out-of-state jurors were Mary MacGregor-Villarreal, Pasadena, CA; Mark Puryear, Silver Spring, MD; and Rachelle Saltzman, Des Moines, IA. The in-state juror was Clark Halker, Chicago, Illinois.

The following Master/Apprentice pairs are this year’s awardees:

MATERIAL CULTURE

Master artist, Eunice Jean May, Clinton; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Deborah Jean Farrell, Bloomington; quilting.

Master artist, Susan M. Young, La Grange Park; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Samantha Young, Naperville; quilting.

 

PERFORMING TRADITIONS

Master artist, Jayanthi Adisubramanian, Bolingbrook; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Sharat Agadi, Naperville; East Indian vocal music.

Master artist Nyangar Batbaatar, Deerfield; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Bulegtuya Bat-Ochir, Chicago; Mongolian contortion.

Master artist Maura Geraldine Foy, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Norah G Jennings, Chicago; Irish step dance.

Master artist, Pranita Jain, Darien; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Priyanka Patel, Burr Ridge; East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam).

Master artist, Micheline Jaminski, Orland Park; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Elizabeth Sliwa, Burbank; Polish folk dance.

Master artist, Qiu Min Ji, Arlington Heights; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Gir Kei Leung, Chicago; Chinese erhu music.

Master artist, Aashish Khan, Naperville; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Jaideep Mukherjee, Napervilee; East Indian sarode music.

Master artist, Morikeba Kouyate, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Kimosha Murphy, Chicago; Mandingo oral traditions.

Master artist, Barbara A. McNulty, Niles; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Margaret Flynn, West Peoria; Irish step dance.

Master artist, Jeffrey S. Midkiff, Des Plaines; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Ashley Christine Lewis, Sandwich; bluegrass mandolin.

Master artist, Shoba Natarajan, Naperville; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Meera Mathew, Romeoville; East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam).

Master artist, Rajeswari Pariti, Naperville; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Uma Krishnan, Aurora; Carnatic veena music.

Master artist, Hema Rajagopalan, Oak Brook; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Ahalya Satkunaratnam, Westmont; East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam).

Master artist, Rajalakshmi Ramachandran, Naperville; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Vikram Raghavan, Naperville; East Indian vocal music.

Master artist, Narenda Asha Rao, Westmont; been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Shilpa Viswanath, Darien; East Indian Carnatic vocal music.

Master artist, Roger W. "Bill" Robinson, St. Charles; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Courtland Harris, St. Charles; hammered dulcimer.

Master artist, Jutarut Suntharanund, Romeoville; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Napaporn Nannar, Darien; Thai classical dance.

Master artist, Priya Venkataraman, Rockford; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Sunita Maddali, Rockford; East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam).

Master artist, Vijay K. Verma, Downer’s Grove; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Hari K. Nair, Elmhurst; East Indian sitar.

Master artist, Beixing Xiang, Elk Grove Village; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Victoria Lin, Hoffman Estate; Chinese erhu music.

Master artist, Wei Yang, Elk Grove Village; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Joana Chen, Arlington Heights; Chinese pipa music.

The mission of the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, is to serve the diverse people and communities of Illinois with quality, accessible arts programming, through engaging in active support and development of Illinois artists, arts organizations, educational institutions and communities.

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