2003 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDEES

JOHN ANTONE, FALLS CHURCH, VA 
Host Country: Slovenia 
$3,000 to support a collaboration between Mr. Antone and Slovenian Sculptor Roman Makse to design and construct furniture for a room in the Sestava Youth Hostel, a newly created entity in a former military prison. Mr. Antone and Mr. Makse will be part of an international group of artists invited to participate in the transformation of the prison into a youth hostel.

ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL, ATHENS, OH 
Host Country: Croatia 
$4,000 to support Ruth Bradley, Director of the Athens Film Festival, and John Butler, Manager of the Peterson Sound Studio at Ohio University, to attend the 5th Motovun Film Festival in Istria, Croatia. Dr. Bradley will present a program of U.S. contemporary films from the 2003 Athens, Ohio Festival and identify potential Croatian guests for the 2004 Athens Festival. Mr. Butler will lead a four-day workshop in sound recording for documentary films.

BRUCE CHECEFSKY, CLEVELAND, OH 
Host Country: Russia 
$5,000 to support a collaboration between Mr. Checefsky and photographers from the National Center of Photography in St. Petersburg, Russia to publish, in book form, a collection of photographs, with bi-lingual text that illustrate recent changes in St. Petersburg, Russia. There will be an exhibition at the National Center of Photography in conjunction with the publication.

EVELINA DOMNITCH and DMITRY GELFAND, TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO 
Host Country: Belarus 
$6,500 To support these artists in a collaboration with the Minsk Planetarium in Belarus to create an installation projecting a telescopic image of the sun on a cloud of water vapor floating in the planetarium’s theater. This project combines science and art to allow audiences to observe solar activities that are otherwise inaccessible to the human eye.

SANDI DUBOWSKI, NEW YORK, NY 
Host Countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania 
$2,000 to support Mr. DuBowski’s travel to the region to present his film Trembling Before G-d, an investigation into the conflict between Jewish orthodoxy and homosexuality. The filmmaker will hold public screenings and will work with a wide variety of civic groups to foster dialogue on issues of personal freedom.

DAHLIA ELSAYED and ANDREW DEMIRJIAN, PALISADES PARK, NJ 
Host Country: Poland 
$3,500 to support a video and installation project Gdansk: Talk Back!, to be developed through a series of interviews with the local community of Gdansk, Poland. The participants’ responses to questions about their city will form the core of a video that will help the artists generate a sensory map of the city. The project is part of the Social Sculpture Program at Gdansk’s Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art.

JOAN FITZSIMMONS and SUZAN SHUTAN, SHELTON, CT  
Host Country: Poland 
$4,000 to support a collaboration between these artists and Polish artist Jacek Malinowski. Together they will develop a video installation that explores Polish folk and children’s tales. The resulting installation will be mounted at Warsaw, Poland’s Zacheta Gallery. The U.S. artists will also take part in a gallery organized panel discussion on promoting and supporting art in public spaces.

HARRELL FLETCHER, PORTLAND, OR 
Host Country: Croatia 
$6,000 to support the presentation of Mr. Fletcher’s online art project Learning to Love You More in Croatia in collaboration with Zagreb’s not-for-profit Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery. Through a workshop, Mr. Fletcher assigns simple creative activities to those who do not normally make art. The work to be created will be exhibited and included on the project website. Mr. Fletcher will travel to several cities in Croatia to present lectures and workshops and research new assignments.

ERIN FLOOD, WOONSOCKET, RI 
Host Country: Romania 
$3,500 to support an artist residency project at the Veritas Foundation in Sighisoara, Romania for Ms. Flood, a mixed media artist and sculptor who incorporates creative writing in her work. Ms. Flood will work with underprivileged children served by the Foundation to create masks for a theater piece based on Romanian traditional tales.

PABLO HELGUERA, NEW YORK, NY 
Host Country: Croatia 
$6,000 to support an exhibition of Helguera’s Instituto de la Telenovela (Soaps Institute) at the PM Gallery of Extended Media in Zagreb, Croatia. This project explores the impact of Latin American televised serial dramas in Eastern Europe as well as the perception and identification with Latin America in this region. The artist will give a performance and lecture in conjunction with the exhibition and work with high school students to use the telenovela as a tool to discuss media literacy.

MICHAEL KRONDL, NEW YORK, NY 
Host Country: Czech Republic 
$6,000 to support this artist in a residency at the Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic. Mr. Krondl will create a large scale, photo-based installation commemorating the floods that swept through Central Europe in the summer of 2002. The piece will be installed in a location affected by the floods and be accessible to the general public. Mr. Krondl will take part in lectures and seminars as part of the CCA’s residency program. Hofstra University Gallery will host an exhibition of the work in the fall of 2003.

DEBORAH LAGRASSE and CHARLES HOOK, TALLAHASSEE, FL 
Host Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina 
$4,000 to support a two-week workshop in iron casting for students and faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sculptors LaGrasse and Hook will build a cupola to heat the iron and teach workshop participants the principles of art casting. The project will culminate in a one-day iron pour that will be open to the public.

ERICA MARCUS, OAKLAND, CA 
Host Country: Serbia and Montenegro 
$5,000 to support a video project entitled Melody of Life, which will trace the development of the friendship between U.S. filmmaker Erica Marcus and artist B. A., an HIV positive, Serbian Rom. Ms. Marcus and B.A. will also work with the artists’ group PostPessimists, and with writer Vladimir Arsenijevic.

JODY PINTO, NEW YORK, NY 
Host Country: Serbia and Montenegro 
$3,000 to support Ms. Pinto, who specializes in public art, in a residency at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Architecture and her inclusion in the public art portion of a team of U.S. artists working with students, faculty and professionals who are participating in the master planning process for the revitalization of the city.

AMANDA POPE and TCHAVDAR GUEORGUIEV, LOS ANGELES, CA 
Host Country: Uzbekistan 
$7,000 to support the production of a documentary video, The Art Rescuers of Nukus, in collaboration with Marinika Babanazarova, Director of the Igor Savitsky State Art Museum of Karakalpakstan. The video will bring to light a little known though vast collection of Russian avant-guard and folk art collected and housed in the Savitsky Museum in the Karakalpakstan region of western Uzbekistan.

BILL SEAMAN, PROVIDENCE, RI 
Host Country: Slovak Republic 
$6,500 to support this video artist to collaborate with the Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Slovak Republic on a site-specific project Epiphany/Epifania to be realized in a synagogue that has been converted to a contemporary arts center. The project will deal with the local place, its memory, architectural elements and social relations and will incorporate poetry texts with music, visual art, and media.

MISO SUCHY, SYRACUSE, NY 
Host Country: Slovak Republic 
$4,000 to support the production of a documentary video illustrating the impact of recent political and economic changes in the Slovak Republic by investigating the lives of participants at a 20-year high school reunion in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Mr. Suchy will work with the Slovak not-for-profit Media 3 and his video will premiere in the Slovak Republic and at the Slovak Embassy in Washington, D.C.

ERIC TRIANTAFILLOU and CSILLA KOSA, CINCINNATI, OH 
Host Country: Romania 
$6,000 to support these artists in a collaborative poster workshop with Firma 9, an artist collective in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The posters created in the workshop will be mounted in public places in Bucharest, Timisoara and Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The project aims to initiate public dialogue through street posters that address social issues. There will also be gallery shows in each of the three cities.

VIDEO DATA BANK, CHICAGO, IL 
Host Country: Bulgaria 
$4,000 to support curator Dara Greenwald to travel to Bulgaria to present screenings from VDB’s collection, give lectures, and review and select work by Bulgarian video makers for possible inclusion on VDB's distribution list. Ms. Greenwald will work in collaboration with Interspace Media Art Center in Sofia, Bulgaria and will travel to several cities throughout Bulgaria.

CHAD EVANS WYATT, WASHINGTON, D.C. 
Host Country: Czech Republic 
$5,000 To support a photography project entitled Roma Rising/Romske Obrozeni, in which Mr. Wyatt will create a collection of portraits of the Czech Republic’s Rom citizens who have achieved success in contemporary mainstream terms. Mr. Wyatt will work in collaboration with The Museum of Romani Culture in Brno, Czech Republic that will host an exhibition of the portraits. The work will also tour the Czech Republic and be exhibited at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.