Congratulations to Del Lyren and Al Belleveau: R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellows

FY 2012 Fellowship Grant Recipients Del Lyren and Al Belleveau pose with R2AC Executive Director Terri Widman

The R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship is an 18-month fellowship program providing the opportunity for career development experiences intended to add depth and advancement to the artistic career of established artists in all disciplines.

Al Belleveau, a local sculptor and founding member of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk, was awarded $6,000 to research cave paintings and other ancient representations of the human figure, study stone carving with sculptor Zoran Mosjilov, and gather stones in Canada to create 4 -5 large human forms from stones wrapped in steel.

Del Lyren, Department Chair and Professor of Instrumental Music at Bemidji State University, was awarded $6,000 to study jazz improvisation including lessons on an Electronic Wind Instrument with professional saxophonist Jeff Coffin.