1999 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDS

DANNY BURACZESKI and CATHY YOUNG, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Host Country: Russia

$5,000 to support Mr. Buraczeski and Ms. Young’s choreographic work with Kannon Dance Company, St. Petersburg’s only school of modern dance, to develop a new work for the members of Kannon Dance to perform. Additionally they will teach open classes in jazz dance technique and hold informal discussions with members of the St. Petersburg dance community.

TAMAR ROGOFF PERFORMANCE PROJECTS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Lithuania

$8,400 to support the production of Sleeping Beauties, a dance project based on the fairy tale that incorporates professional and non-professional members of the community. Ms. Rogoff and one other U.S. dancer will work with Kostas Smoriginas, artistic director of the Valstybinis Jaunimo Teatras, and Lithuanian actress Dalia Micheleviciute. The cast will be made up of members of the Vilnius community including parents and their babies. Sleeping Beauties will be performed for the general public in Vilnius in the spring of 2000.

GABOR GYUKICS, BROOKLYN, NY
Host Country: Hungary

$2,500 to enable Mr. Gyukics, in collaboration with the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian College of Fine Arts, to organize a series of lectures and readings by Hungarian poets throughout Hungary. Mr. Gyukics will work with the faculty of the College to adapt methods recently used in the U.S. to popularize contemporary poetry and produce a publication of recent Hungarian poetry.

CECILIA WOLOCH, LOS ANGELES, CA
Host Country: Poland
$4,000 to support Cecilia Woloch’s collaboration with Polish poet and translator Sarah Luczaj. Together they will translate the work of several women poets from Polish into English. They will also hold poetry readings and writing workshops for local writers, teachers and other members of the public in the village of Rzepnik, where Ms. Luczaj lives, and in the nearby town of Krosno.

ERICKA BECKMAN, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Hungary

$7,500 to help support the production of a 16mm black and white film made in conjunction with Balazs Bela Filmstudio in Budapest. The film, with the working title Souvenir, will be produced during Ms. Beckman’s tenure as the first invited International Film Resident at this well-known independent film studio. Souvenir will rework the fairy tale The Princess and the Twelve Shoes to address issues of addiction. The film will have an original score and will combine animation and live action techniques.

JON RUBIN, BROOKLYN, NY
Host Country: Belarus

$7,000 to support Jon Rubin’s Floating Cinema Project, a multi-screen film performance utilizing rear-projected imagery shown on floating barges to the audience on shore. Mr. Rubin will work with the U Maistra Gallery in Grodno, Belarus and members of the Grodno Dramatic Theater to create the film and to coordinate the performance element of the project. The project will be presented on the Neman River in the spring of 2000.

ARMEN DONELIAN, WEST ORANGE, NJ Host Country: Armenia
$2,500 to enable Dr. Donelian to perform three solo jazz piano recitals and to consult with the Music Faculty of the Yerevan Conservatory on the jazz curriculum at their school. Dr. Donelian will travel to Yeravan and other cities in Armenia to participate in jazz workshops, discussions and jam sessions.

MICHELLE EKIZIAN, MAMARONECK, NY
Host Country: Armenia

$8,000 to support the creation of an original concerto, Voices of the Mesa, written in collaboration with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia. The piece will bring together U.S. clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and Armenian master folk musician Djivan Gasparian who plays an indigenous precursor to the clarinet, the duduk. Additionally, Ms. Ekizian will hold composition workshops and lectures at the Komitas Conservatory. Voices of the Mesa is scheduled to premier in June, 2000 and a tour to other venues in Armenia and the U.S. will follow.

CYNTHIA WHITMAN, ST. PAUL, MN
Host Country: Romania

$6,500 to support Cynthia Whitman in a collaboration with the Romanian Composers Union and Alexandru Matei, musical director of the ensemble Game, to create a new repertoire for the flute incorporating traditional Romanian instruments. Romanian composers involved in the collaboration will include Anatol Vieru, Nicolae Brindus, Dan Dediu and Doina Rotaru. During this period of collaboration, the musicians will have open rehearsals and hold workshops in Bucharest. Upon completion of the works, the musician’s will give a series of concerts throughout Romania.

DOUBLE EDGE THEATER, ASHFIELD, MA
Host Country: Poland

$10,000 to support a Consortium on Theatre Practice for theatre artists from the U.S. and Eastern Europe led by the professional staffs of Double Edge Theatre and Lublin, Poland’s Gardzienice Theatre. The Consortium, which will also be attended by the general public, will share experimental theatre techniques through dialogue and direct training and will provide exchange between young artists from both countries.

BRUCE CHECEFSKY, CLEVELAND, OH
Host Country: Hungary

$5,000 to enable Mr. Checefsky, in collaboration with Agnes Eperjesi and the Association of Hungarian Photographers, to produce a book and mount an exhibition of non-camera photos, photograms and photomontages. The bilingual publication will document new work produced by the collaborators using text in tandem with non-camera and digital technologies. This body of work will be shown at the Liget Galeria in Budapest in the fall of 1999.

JACK GRON, LEXINGTON, KY
Host Country: Poland

$5,000 to enable Mr. Gron and two assistants to build a small art foundry in collaboration with Polish artist Artur Tajber for Krakow’s Fort Szutki Art Association. After the melting furnace and necessary accessories are fabricated, local artists, educators and students of all levels will be invited to participate in seminars and demonstrations of furnace operation and casting techniques. Participants will prepare molds and metal tiles will be cast and assembled to form a commemorative sculpture.

JULIA KUNIN, BROOKLYN, NY FlipFest logo
Host Country: Georgia

$6,000 to enable Ms. Kunin to work in collaboration with Art East, an artist run gallery in Tbilisi to explore the traditional Georgian felt making technique of Teka. Ms. Kunin will travel in Georgia to observe crafts practitioners and will use the Teka process to produce a new body of sculptural work. The work will be exhibited in Tbilisi and the US.

MOBIUS, BOSTON, MA
Host: Country: Croatia

$10,000 to support a project entitled Usvajanje Slobode/Taking Liberty involving eight artists from the Mobius Artists Group and eight Croatian artists working in installation, performance and conceptual media. The artists will work together to create multi-media projects that explore the meanings of liberty and the role of artists in Croatian and U.S. society. The Cvajner Gallery in Pula and Open University Gallery in Novigrad will host the exhibitions and performances in the fall of 1999.

TONY OURSLER and WARREN NIESLUCHOWSKI, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Poland

$7,000 to support an exhibition of new work by Tony Oursler and Warren Niesluchowski at the Center for Contemporary Art at the Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw in September 1999. The work will use projected imagery on puppets and utilize Polish and English dialogue. A substantial catalogue with an essay by Mr. Neisluchowki will be produced in both Polish and English, and a series of meetings and lectures with the public and with artists from throughout Poland will be organized.

MELISSA POTTER, JERSEY CITY, NJ
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$5,000 to enable Ms. Potter to intiate a handmade paper project in Yugoslavia. She will work with Dragan Protic and Djordje Balmazovic, members of the Belgrade art collective, skart, to conduct lectures and workshops on hand papermaking at art schools throughout Yugoslavia. They will also produce utilitarian paper objects from acid-free handmade paper and distribute them to the public. The gallery Grafiki Kolektiv in Belgrade will host an exhibition of this work, as will the Modern Gallery in Zrenjanin.

SEAGROVE POTTERS, SEAGROVE, NC
Host Country: Estonia

$7,500 to enable four members of the Seagrove Potters to travel to Tallinn, Estonia and, in collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Arts, to construct an indigenous North Carolina wood-fired kiln. This project, which is scheduled for August, 1999, will promote small kiln, non-commercial ceramic work and will include workshops, public demonstrations of pottery techniques and will culminate in an exhibition of Estonian and U.S. ceramic artists’ work.

STEVEN SIEGEL, RED HOOK, NY
Host Country: Russia

$3,100 to support Steven Siegel’s residency at the Moscow Center for Contemporary Art Studies. Mr. Siegel worked with local artists and students to create new work using materials found on the grounds of the Center.