FY03 Master/Apprentice Program Awards

Illinois Arts Council Announces FY03 Ethnic & Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program Awards

CHICAGO- The Illinois Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2003 Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program awards. Twenty-two master/apprentice pairs received awards totaling $66,000 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, 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 FY03 jury consisted of three out-of-state jurors, and one in-state, non-voting, juror. The out-of-state jurors were Sharon Clark; Raleigh, NC ; Anne Pryor, Madison, WI; and William Westerman, Jersey City, NJ. The in-state juror was Joan Erdman, Chicago, Illinois

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

MATERIAL CULTURE

Master artist, Susan M. Young, Cedarville; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Shara Washington, Cedarville; quilting.

PERFORMING TRADITIONS

Master artist Tapan Bhattacharyya, Homewood;has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Vedurmudi Madhu Sudhan, Naperville; Hindustani classical vocal music.

Master artist Nicholas A. Callas, Glenview; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Constantine Dino Karageorgis, Northbrook; Greek folk dancing.

Master artist James P. Conway, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Carol Ann Skinner, Evanston; Irish tin whistle.

Master artist Maura Geraldine Foy, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Molly Cathryn Oliver, Chicago; Irish step dance.

Master artist Rodolfo Hernandez, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Rodolfo A. Hernandez, Chicago; Spanish guitar.

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

Master artist Gustavo Lopez, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Juan Dies, Chicago; Romantic Bolero music.

Master artist Carmen Mejia, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach Katherine Bardales, Chicago; Peruvian folk dance.

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

Master artist, Jose Luis Ovalle, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Juan Ignacio Lopez, Chicago; Mexican folk dance.

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

Master artist, Hema Rajagopalan, Oak Brook; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Priya Sumi Nelson, LaGrange Park; East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam).

Master artist, Kritika Rajagopalan, Oak Brook; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Sirisha Koduri, Naperville; East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam).

Master artist, Magdalena Solarz, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Harriet Bogdanowicz, Chicago; Polish folk songs and dance.

Master artist, Jutarut Suntharanund, Romeoville; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Darin Jane Vongvinijdorn, Chicago; Thai classical dance.

Master artist Alex Udvary, Chicago; has been awarded a grant to teach apprenctice Andrew Tokarz, Chicago; Cimbalon music.

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

Master artist Qui Yue Jin Wong, Bolingbrook; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Sharlin Wing Chi Lau, Chicago; Chinese dance.

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.

Master artist, Quing Ye, Downers Grove; has been awarded a grant to teach apprentice Anna Yan, Oak Brook; Chinese dance.


The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, is committed to the cultural, educational and economic growth of the diverse people and communities of our state through support and encouragement of artists and the arts.

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