All Year You've Been Waiting For. . .

The 27th Annual Awards Ceremony
for Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program

Hosted By Nancy Tuttle May, Chair of the Emerging Artists Committee and Sherry DeVries, Executive Director of Durham Arts Council

Thursday, June 2, 6:00 PM, at the Durham Arts Council Building, 120 Morris Street, Downtown Durham

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You won't want to miss. . .

Meredythe Holmes, former DAC Board President, and Mary DBT Semans, Chairman Emerita of the Duke Endowment, at 2010 Annual Awards Ceremony
Meredythe Holmes, former DAC Board President, and Mary DBT Semans, Chairman Emerita of the Duke Endowment, at 2010 Annual Awards Ceremony

all the evening has to offer!

  • Awards to 2011 Emerging Artists
  • Music by Jazz Vocalist Adia Ledbetter (Emerging Artist 2008) and Jazz Pianist Ed Paolantonio (Emerging Artist 1991)
  • Screening of Telly Award-winning video portrait: Ella Fountain Pratt: Defying Gravity
  • Exhibit of Thrift Shop Portraits by Artie Dixon (Emerging Artist 1996)
  • Ella Fountain Pratt Oral History and Biographical DVD for Purchase
  • Elegant Buffet Dinner by Mark Day Company

Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham NC 27701

Tickets $45 per person

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And the 2011 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant Recipients are. . .


Dancer and choreographer Gaspard Louis accepts 2010 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant

Dancer and choreographer Gaspard Louis accepts 2010 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant

Chatham County: Anna Lena Phillips, Literature; Lizzy Ross, Music.

Durham County: Monica Byrne, Literature; Jody Cassell, Dance; Jennifer Collins-Mancour, Craft; Julia Claire Gartrell, Installation; Heather Gordon, Painting; Shanna Jackson, Photography; Shannon Morrow, Music; Geraud Staton, Painting; Chaunesti Webb, Drama; Tom Whiteside, Film.

Granville County: Donald Leydens, Craft.

Orange County: Joseph Bigley, Installation; Ellen Hemphill, Drama; Killian Manning, Dance.

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For One Night Only!!! Jazz by The Emerging Artists All Stars


Jazz vocalist and composer Adia Ledbetter, Emerging Artist 2008

Jazz vocalist and composer Adia Ledbetter, Emerging Artist 2008

The evening will feature a special performance by jazz vocalist Adia Ledbetter (Emerging Artist 2008) and jazz pianist Ed Paolantonio(Emerging Artist 1991).

The Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery will feature photographs by Artie Dixon (Emerging Artist 1996). We are very proud of the accomplishments of these artists and that the Emerging Artists Program is a part of their story.

The Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery!
Mike Woodard, Durham City Council and DAC Board VP, enjoys the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery at the 2010 Opening
Mike Woodard, Durham City Council and DAC Board VP, enjoys the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery at the 2010 Opening

The Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery, on the second floor of the Durham Arts Council building, was conceived by the Durham Arts Council together with the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Project Advisory Team, to honor the life-time arts achievements, both locally and nationally, of Ella Fountain and celebrate the ongoing work of key programs that she founded and nurtured at Durham Arts Council – the Emerging Artists Program and the DAC Creative Arts in the Public/Private Schools Program (CAPS).Both programs have been emulated across the United States.The DAC Emerging Artists Program was the first grant program in North Carolina to support career development for individual artists.

The Legacy Gallery includes three elements: a permanent Ella Fountain Pratt career highlights installation, a touch screen video viewing station and an exhibit space for rotating exhibits of art work. The viewing station allows visitors to access multiple programs, including a contemporary portrait of Mrs. Pratt through the words of her colleagues; archival programs including Durham Street Operas and an interview with Ella Fountain Pratt and Bill Friday from NC People; and performances by artists who have received Emerging Artists Awards. The exhibit space highlights work by visual artists who have received Emerging Artists Awards. The Gallery and Video were designed and implemented by Minnow Media.

"Ella Fountain is always at our shoulder, asking what more we can do. We want this gallery to share that inspiration with everyone who walks in the building," said Sherry DeVries, Durham Arts Council Executive Director.


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The Durham Arts Council Emerging Artists Program


Mary Regan, Director of the North Carolina Arts Council, Ed Gendron, 2010 Grant recipient in film, and Barrie Wallace, former DAC Board President, in the Ella Fountian Pratt Legacy Gallery

Mary Regan, Director of the North Carolina Arts Council, Ed Gendron, 2010 Grant recipient in film, and Barrie Wallace, former DAC Board President, in the Ella Fountian Pratt Legacy Gallery

The Emerging Artists Program was launched in 1984, the brainchild of Dr. James H. Semans, Ella Fountain Pratt, the North Carolina Arts Council and Michael Marsicano, then Executive Director of the Durham Arts Council. The Emerging Artists Grant Program is designed to enable individual artists who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form to complete projects that will develop their professional careers. During the first 27 years the Program has made 420 grants totally $438,344.

The Emerging Artists Program is cited repeatedly by local artists as providing important financial support and significant public recognition of their professional achievements. A 2009 survey by the Artist Trust in Seattle revealed that artists identified small project grants as one of the most valuable forms of support in today's economy. Durham Arts Council coordinates this program in partnership with the arts agencies of adjacent Chatham, Orange, Granville and PersonCounties.

Durham Arts Council’s Emerging Artists Grant Program is funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Deparment of Cultural Resources, The MaryDuke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, the Wainwright Fund for New Works and support from other interested organizations and individuals.

The Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Project is funded by grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Duke University, and The Fund for the Carolinas, contributions of $1,000 and above from Mark Rountree, KONTEK Systems, Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer, and Peter Block, and other individual donations.

Click here to contribute to the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Project.

For more information contact Margaret DeMott, mdemott@durhamarts.org.

For directions or information about the Durham Arts Council, visit www.durhamarts.org.

Composer Marian Harrison (center) at the 2010 Awards Ceremony