Top row, from left: Iowa Artist Fellows Brittany Brooke Crow, Francesca Soans and Louisa Kames. Bottom row: Emma Murray and Paul Brooke. Photo: Iowa Arts Council
Five Iowa artists received Iowa Artist Fellowships from the Iowa Arts Council, which recognized the honorees for exceptional creativity, innovative work and career readiness. A panel of Iowa arts professionals selected writers Paul Brooke (Ames) and Emma Murray (Des Moines), photographer Brittany Brooke Crow (Des Moines), printmaker Louise Kames (Dubuque) and filmmaker Francesca Soans (Waterloo) from a pool of more than 50 applicants and 21 finalists.
Each fellow will receive a $10,000 grant and in-depth training from Strategic Planning Partners, one of the country’s leading providers of professional development for artists. In addition to grants, professional development and promotional support, fellows also virtually participate in “Meet the Artist” public programs at various arts and cultural venues throughout the state. More about the program can be found online.