The Regional Artist Project Grant is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.The Toe River Arts Council, Asheville Area Arts Council, and the Madison County Arts Council are pleased to announce the 2016/2017 Regional Artist Project Grant recipients. The selection criteria include artistic merit, the potential of the project to contribute to the artist’s professional growth, and the feasibility of the project itself.

This year’s grant cycle received 50 applicants, with over $54,000 in requests from all art disciplines. A total of $11,500 was awarded. The Regional Artist Program Grant is sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council [Mitchell and Yancey Counties]; Madison Arts Council; Asheville Area Arts Council [Buncombe County] with support from Avery County, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, a state agency.


The 2017-18 RAPG deadline will be in October. Please check back for dates and application/information.



The 2016-2017 Regional Artist Project Grant Recipients are:

From Buncombe County:
John Ransmeier [$1,100]: To build a new kiln and furnish it with kiln shelves
Alicia Williams [$1,100]: To purchase a wood planer to enable the precise milling of wood used in my rocking horses and carvings.
Heather Hietala [$800]: To purchase a Skutt KM 1227 electric kiln
Michael Stevens [$1,000]: To document a new 15-piece chamber jazz ensemble with a studio recording of 10 new original compositions over the course of two days
Joseph Pearson [$800]: To produce a body of figurative works on repurposed discarded materials and to help with promotions through various media.
Perry Obee [$1,000]: To outfit traditional stone lithography printmaking studio in order to develop professionally as an artist/printer
Connie Regan-Blake [$600]: To repurpose videos of my performances, workshops, and interviews into short clips that will reach a global audience online via my website and social media
Kyle Carpenter [$1,200]: To attend speak at and exhibit at NCECA in Portland, OR in 2017
Hannah Kaminer [$1,000]: To record a full-length professional album as a musician, singer, and songwriter

From Madison County:
Hannah Furgiuele [$500]: To create a documentary film that tells how a music festival saved Bluff Mountain in Hot Springs from being clear cut in 1995.

From Mitchell County:
Christina Shmigel [$800]: To acquire studio equipment needed for the fabrication of my work in steel for sculpture and installation
Michael Kline [$800]: To complete the next phase of construction on my studio to create a workspace for an apprentice and an organized, dry glaze storage area

From Yancey County:
Jem Klein [$800]: To purchase a Jet bench top wood lathe to help create large sculptural work.


A big thank you goes to the volunteer peer panelists who took time out from their busy schedules to meet in late October to review all the applications and again in early November when they interviewed the top scoring applicants. Panel members are artists, arts administrators, and respected community leaders from each of the five participating counties, each with expertise in one or more of the five categories [Visual, Literary, 2-Dimensional, Performance, Media].