Eleven local artists have been recognized as California Arts Council Artist Fellows, the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture has announced.
Funded by the California Arts Council, the program is designed to uplift and celebrate the excellence of California artists; recognize the centrality of artists’ leadership in guiding the evolution of traditional and contemporary cultures; and elevate their capacity for continued contribution.
In addition to statewide recognition, the artists will receive prizes of $5,000- $50,000.
Artist fellows from Santa Barbara County hail from diverse geographies and represent a range of artistic practices, including writing, filmmaking, music, visual arts, and social practice.
The fellowships are designed to support artists of all disciplines at key career stages: emerging, established and legacy.
Emerging fellows from Santa Barbara County include Adrienne De Guevara, Spenser Jaimes, Cheri Owen, Tai Rodrig, Tama Takahashi, and Kai Tilley.
Established Artist Fellowships awards go to Jack Forinash, Debra Herrick, Jennifer Reinish, and Emma Trelles.
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, received one of only four Legacy Fellowships available to the region; this tier includes a $50,000 honorarium.
To increase geographic equity, the California Arts Council updated this year’s program to offer more regional leadership and facilitation.
The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture serves as the lead partner for Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Kern counties.
Silicon Valley Creates serves as the lead administering organization for the 17-county Central California Region.
Fresno Arts Council and the San Benito County Arts Council also served as lead partners in their respective micro-regions. The organizations collaborated to increase localize support and access to the opportunity.
The process was competitive with just 71 awards available in the 17-county region. All funding is unrestricted and meant to support the fellow’s continued contributions to the field and state.
To learn more about the program, visit Individual Artist Fellowships — Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture (ca.gov).