CONGRATULATIONS JULY GRANT RECIPIENT, DEVAN HORTON!
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Congratulations to Devan on a successful grant application!
The following are excerpts from her grant application:
I have been a practicing artist for over a decade. I graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting in 2015. Since then I have shown in galleries across the county, curated my own series of local pop-up galleries featuring up to nine artists, all while continuing to develop and practice my work. I have always loved painting. Even after experimenting with ceramics and sculpture I have always loved how painting feels. In high school I was mostly painting with acrylics until I practiced with oil throughout college, which is now my medium of choice.
My work has always been influenced by nature, showing mostly clusters and swarms of plants or insects. Recently, I have undertaken a new concept to which I am still painting swarms, but replacing my once lively subjects with the overwhelming amounts of trash around us. "Penchant" is my newest series which focuses on our culture's obsession with consumption and waste by displaying piles of trash and comparing them to rituals and daily routines calling for a large call-to-action to change our relationship with trash. With current social, political, and environmental issues all around us I feel it is important to remember what matters to us most as a species, which is the planet we live on.
This grant will be used to purchase materials, such as paint, mineral spirits, and canvases needed in order to complete my newest series, 'Penchant.' "