In support of his efforts to complete a series of State and National Park Artist-in-Residencies and compose a national traveling exhibit of the ceramic works created within those programs, Brad Bachmeier was awarded and Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) for FY19 in the amount of $3,500 from the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA). Bachmeier is one of two recipients of the IAF grant for the 18-19 time period.

With this grant, Bachmeier intends to complete an Artist-in-Residency at the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (summer 18) and pair that work with the other 3 residencies that he has completed in the past 5 years to form a comprehensive ceramic exhibit. The grant will provide resources for the work to be professionally curated and written about for periodicals and a catalog for national traveling exhibition. The focus of the ceramic exhibition is to communicate the values and unique natural and cultural features of each of the specific parks and monuments. The exhibit will employ relationships with non-profit organizations calling attention to the preservation and conservation needs of not only the parks Bachmeier visited but also the broader national conversation. It is important to convey a deeper understanding of the dangers and threats that our public cultural, natural and historical resources are currently under.

The IAF grant program was established to recognize professional artists residing and working in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. The award is designed to support professional artists who have demonstrated outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities.

This project is supported by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota. For more information, contact the Council on the arts at 701-328-7592 or visit www.nd.gov/arts.