Sunday, June 23, 2019 - Saturday, July 13, 2019
“Cornelius Eady’s poems are joyous, incantatory, experiential. [His] work is a glossary of earthly objects and human events, and his linguistic responses provide pleasure even when they are provoked by injustice, or by pain, or by loss.” —Dia Art Foundation. Cornelius Eady is a Pabst Endowed Chair for Master Writers
Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). Nicole Mitchell was recently awarded a "Champion of New Music" by the American Composers Forum.
Michelle Grabner is an American painter, conceptual artist, curator and professor. She's currently Painting and Drawing Chair at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “All of Grabner’s activities are driven by distinctive values and ideas: working outside of dominant systems, working tirelessly, working across platforms and towards community.” David Norr in the introduction to her exhibition at MoCA, Cleveland
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - Saturday, November 02, 2019
Thus Jo has taken profane materials and created a sacred art, conveying a sense—indeed, affording an experience—of the numinous, as Rudolph Otto called it. She indeed takes us “over there,” which in her case means into the depths of her interior life, where alone transcendence of the conditions of outer life—the street—is possible. ----- Donald Kuspit, Art Critic
Application Deadline extended to June 2, 2019 - Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. He also fronts the dynamic rock/instrumental band The Larry Mitchell Trio.
poet / musician / author
“…With a double shot of heart, beauty, freedom, peace and grace that blends traditional Native rhythms and singing with jazz, rock, blues and hip-hop, Harjo is right at the top of the best contemporary American poetry and music artists.” —Thomas Rain Crow, The Bloomsbury Review.
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - Saturday, March 07, 2020
Application Deadline: Sunday 09/15/2019
“The baker-cum-painter – and director of Katy Perry's super-kitsch California Gurls video – raids the sweetshop of 21st-century desires in his candy-coated fantasy worlds.” The Guardian
choreographer and director
Annie-B Parson co-founded Big Dance Theater in 1991. She has choreographed and co-created over 20 works for the company, ranging from pure dance pieces, to adaptations of found text, plays, and literature, to original works combining wildly disparate materials. “It is hard to do justice to the freewheeling brilliance of Big Dance Theater.” The New York Times
composer and publisher
Higdon, the two-time Grammy winner, produces four or five commissions a year. “Viola Concerto is the work of a composer who is completely at home in her own idiom. She has internalized an amalgam of jazz, new-age, Americana and classical, avoided the ruminating of the minimalists, and opted for contrast over evolution." —The Washington Post
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - Saturday, June 06, 2020
Application Deadline: Sunday 12/01/2019
“Rucker’s installations, videos, sculpture, and performances encourage the viewer to integrate facts, statistics, and historical narratives in meaningful and unforgettable ways, but at their own pace and through a variety of channels.” – Cara Ober, BmoreArt
''Her drawing conveys a lot of the underlying feeling of what's going on in the same way a movie can have a shot without dialogue that's a major turning point or a major insight into a character. It's a delicate balancing act. The pictures have to propel the story without overtaking it. That balance -- it's almost a tension -- occurs when a cartoonist is equally good as a writer and artist, and it's very rare.'' – Bill Griffith, the creator of Zippy the Pinhead.
“The pianist and MacArthur genius Vijay Iyer is one of the great living jazz musicians, although a lot of his music isn't what you'd recognize as jazz.” – Studio 360/National Public Radio “rambunctious, furiously funky…. (the sextet offers) the sort of head-bobbing drive and invention that has landed Iyer on multiple best-of lists over the years” – L.A. Times
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - Saturday, July 18, 2020
Application Deadline: Sunday 01/19/2020
Margaret Schedel is a composer and cellist whose works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is an Associate Professor of Music at Stony Brook University and serves as Co-Director of Computer Music and is the Director of cDACT, the consortium for digital arts, culture and technology.
Novelist, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter Randall Silvis is a Senior Fulbright Fellow and Thurber House writer-in-residence, his many awards include the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, three National Playwrights Showcase Awards, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“McGinness cultivates a visually cacophonous style that features layer upon layer of luminous graphic designs and computer-style icons—all original creations derived from everyday street signage, advertising and pop-cultural insignia.” -Gregory Galligan, Art in American
Sunday, October 11, 2020 - Saturday, October 31, 2020
Application Deadline: Sunday 05/10/2020
Dora García is a contemporary Spanish artist. García draws on interactivity and performance in her work, using the exhibition space as a platform to investigate the relationship between artwork, audience, and place. García transforms spaces into a sensory experiences by altering perception and creating situations of interaction, often using intermediaries to enhance critical thinking.
percussionist, composer and visual artist
“Billy is a true polymath,” says Brett Littman, director of the Noguchi Museum (NYC). “He is first and foremost a master percussionist – but his artistic ideas are not only limited to the musical sphere. He draws, paints, and makes films. All of these activities are spurred by his relentless intellectual curiosity and his search for ways to express himself.” – SURFACE magazine Dec/Jan Art issue (2016)
“Ain Gordon haunts the margins of history...conjur(ing) the sort of distant lives that don’t make it into textbooks, processed into oblivion by what he calls history’s ‘ruthless editing machine.’” (The New York Times)
These extraordinary artists are supported by ACA’s Master Artist Endowment, funded by a $50,000 gift from each of these generous donors: Joe and Lynn Conte, Don Funk, Ed and Jeanie Harris, Roy and Peggy Hester, the Pabst State of Florida Cultural Endowment, Bob and Genie Stine, Jim and Alexis Pugh, Bryce West, and John M Jeronimo, FAIA. For information on contributing to this endowment, please contact Executive Director Nancy Lowden Norman 386.427.6975 x 15