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originally published: 02/22/2022

(TRENTON, NJ) — The New Jersey State Council of the Arts held its first public meeting of 2022 on February 22, where nearly $1 million was awarded to 85 New Jersey artists through the Council’s Individual Artist Grant program.

The Fellowships are competitive awards for New Jersey artists in 12 rotating disciplines granted solely on independent peer review of samples of work. The anonymous process is focused on artistic quality, and rewards can be used to help artists produce new work and advance their careers. New Jersey artists applied for awards this year in the digital/electronic, film/video, painting, printmaking/works on paper/book arts and prose categories. This program is produced in partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts.

Click here to see the full list of 2022 Research Fellowship recipients.

“I am proud to work with the State Arts Council to ensure continued support for New Jersey artists, especially now,” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “The state’s historic investment in the arts industry through the Council makes these meaningful – and in some cases, life-changing – awards possible. It is an honor to support and celebrate these artists, that exemplify the artistic excellence found throughout New Jersey.”

Speaking on the significance of this year’s Fellowship Awards, State Arts Council Executive Director Allison Tratner said, “New Jersey’s arts industry is strong but struggling, and at the heart of it is find thousands of people working to shape lives, families and communities. Today’s record number of artist grants is exciting – the Council’s largest group in more than 30 years – and even more significant given the challenges they face.

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In addition to announcing this year’s artist grants, the meeting also included the swearing-in of the Council’s newest board member, Jérémy Grunin, President of the Grunin Foundation.

“We are delighted to welcome Jeremy to the State Arts Council,” Council Chair Elizabeth Mattson said. “His expertise and dedication to the arts – in particular his thoughtful and important work at the Grunin Foundation – comes at a historic time for the Council and the estate, and his insight will be invaluable as we continue to adapt and grow in order to better serve the sector more equitably and efficiently.

State Arts Council awards nearly $1 million to NJ artists, welcomes Jeremy Grunin to board

“I am honored to join the New Jersey State Council on the Arts,” said Jeremy Grunin. “The Grunin Foundation is convinced that equitable access to the arts contributes to creating a dynamic and flourishing economic ecosystem. We know the critical impact the arts have on individuals, whether it’s mental health outcomes, helping with social isolation, creative outlets or boosting confidence. I look forward to serving on the Arts Council and working with my fellow Council members to support and facilitate arts inclusion throughout New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Council of the Arts, established in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was created to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; increase public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through dedicated and renewable hotel/motel occupancy fees, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.