Faculty, alumni receive Creative Mecklenburg Grants

Faculty and alumni from the College of Arts + Architecture are among 54 artists to receive 2024 Creative Mecklenburg Grants from the Arts & Science Council The grants, open to Mecklenburg County-based artists of all disciplines, provide funding of up to $3,000. Grantees represent creative disciplines from visual art and music to dance. ASC received 116 applications from area creatives. 

Artists may use grants to enhance their skills and abilities, to create work, or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. 

Grant recipients from the College of Arts + Architecture were:

Professor of Painting Maja Godlewska received $2,965 to support the creation of a new body of work (painting, installation) for a solo exhibition at Toshkova Fine Art in Charlotte

Associate Professor of Painting Andrew Leventis was awarded $3,000 to ship four paintings from North Carolina to the Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow, Poland, for the exhibition Food in Art 

Rowe Fabrications Lab Manager Jonathan Pellitteri received $2,209 to purchase equipment to produce “Bloom, Wither, Repeat,” a site-specific kinetic artwork for inclusion in the inaugural L+A+N+D exhibition at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky

Professor of Sculpture Marek Ranis was granted $3,000 for an art residency and creative collaboration with the Nordic Artists’ Center in Norway

Assistant Professor of Dance Ashley Tate was awarded $2,750 for a research trip to the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University

Music alumnus and Adjunct Saxophone Professor Benjamin Still ’13 was granted $2,250 to attend the annual Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Bangkok, Thailand

Art alumna Susan Jedrzejewski ’06 received $2,970 to purchase a 17-inch color printer and essential art supplies to advance alternative photography practices

Dance alumnus Alex (Montë) Murphy ’23 was awarded $3,000 to train with the masters of Silvestre and Afro-Brazilian Technique in Brazil in July 2024

Photo: three paintings by Andrew Leventis for the Food in Art exhibition in Krakow, Poland.