Samsa and Standera Receive R2AC McKnight Career Development Fellowships

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $12,000 through the R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship Program. This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to the artistic career of established artists in all disciplines. R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowships are funded by the McKnight Foundation. Jazz Guitarist Lou Samsa and Sculptural Knotter Dawn Standera are this year’s recipients.

Lou Samsa and Dawn Standera pose with R2AC Executive Director, Terri Widman

Lou Samsa, long-time jazz guitarist and local guitar instructor, was awarded $6,000 to mentor with MSUM assistant professor of music and jazz guitar, Mike Krajewski to gain the skills needed to produce a multi-media instructional video for guitar.

Dawn Standera, local fiber artist and founder of the site, was awarded $6,000 to mentor with California-based sculptural knotter Norman Sherfield, studying techniques of sculptural knotting and adapting her style of Cavandoli Knotting to create three dimensional fiber sculptures.

Applications for these grants are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601, or call the Region 2 Arts Council office at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447, or download the applications from our website.