Rene Dimanche of the Regional Arts Commission has gathered three artists whose combined work makes manifest aspects of the human condition that are difficult to express. Dimanche writes that in their group exhibit, Irrevocable Fragments, artists Byron Darnell Rogers, David Dolak and Clayvon Ambrose Wesley “deal with the disintegration and re-integration of information we digest from places and people we come across in our lives.”
From left: Van McElwee (Media Arts), Stan Chisholm (Visual Art), Richard Newman (Literature), Philip Boehm (Literature), Alice Bloch (Dance), Kathryn Bentley (Theater Arts), Deanna Jent (Theater Arts), Juan William Chavez (Visual Arts), Arny Nadler (Visual Arts)
Whether they were on stage, leaning into the kiln or creatively advocating for justice, it was a banner year for many local artists.
The Regional Arts Commission this year began an unprecedented awarding of money to St. Louis-area artists through its Artists Count program. Dozens of visual, performing and literary artists were given grants of between $500 and $3,000 for specific projects.
Bentley, a theater artist, and Nadler, a sculptor, are among the first group of 10 visual, performing and literary artists to become RAC Artist Fellows. Their names (see full list below) were announced in a morning news conference at RAC's offices. (Note: An earlier version of the article said the offices were in University City. They are in St. Louis.)