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SC Arts Commission Grants Awards

SC Arts Commission 2018 Fellowship Judges

Visual and Craft Panelists

In 1983, Irwin Pickett and his wife Heike, opened Heike Pickett Gallery, a modern art gallery in Versailles, Kentucky. The gallery represents a number of artists, including John Boatright, Robert Pulley, Anne Leone, Albert Wong, Bonnie Sklarski, Michael Kidner, and Paul Wunderlich. Pickett also represents Kentucky folk artists Marvin Finn, The Coopers, Denzil Goodpaster and Carl McKenzie. Irwin Pickett is a fine art appraiser and associate member of the American Society of Appraisers and more than 15 years of experience with appraisal services for private collectors, corporations, museums, and the legal profession.



In 1975, Geno Rodriguez co-founded the Alternative Museum, an influential and international locus for artists who were creating art and music and addressing the pressing socio-political issues of the times. Rodriguez’ artworks have been widely exhibited and are in the collections of numerous museums and private collections including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, the International Center of Photography, New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. Rodriguez is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship (1979) and a Ludwig Voglestein arts award. He is also the recipient of the Phelps Stokes Foundation’s Distinguished Visitor to Africa, the Rockefeller Trust for Mutual Understanding and a Rockefeller Asian Cultural Council award. He has also worked as a museum curator, organizing more than 300 exhibitions.



Clarissa Sligh is a visual artist, lecturer, and essayist. Her photo-text images, artists’ books and installations have been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum, New York; Walker Art Center and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis; and The National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National African American Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Sligh’s most recent awards were 2016 grants from Art Saves Lives, the Shlenker Block Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, and the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery. Other awards include fellowships from Anonymous Was a Woman (2001) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1988), Sligh was co-founder, in 1988 of Coast to Coast National Women Artists of Color Projects, which traveled exhibitions nationally through 1996. She has worked with the National Women’s Caucus for Art (1985 to 1994), the Artists’ Advisory Board of the Women’s Studio Workshop (2004 to 2007), and the Penland School of Crafts, (2007 to 2015).



Media Production Panelist


Sabine Gruffat is a digital media artist and award-winning filmmaker. Her creative work includes experimental video and animation, media-enhanced performance, participatory public art, and immersive installation. Her films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Image Forum Festival in Japan, The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Migrating Forms in New York. She has also produced art for public spaces as well as interactive installations that have been shown at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, Art In General, Devotion Gallery, PS1 Contemporary Art Museum, and Hudson Franklin in New York. She is associate professor of art at the University of North Carolina.


Media Screenwriting Panelist

Joy Goodwin is a writer, filmmaker, and teacher. Her screen adaptation of William Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust is being produced by Picture Entertainment. She executive-produced the Fox Searchlight film Black Nativity and is a producer of seven other independent films. Her films have premiered at Toronto, Sundance, and Tribeca and have been distributed by Fox Searchlight, Lions Gate, The Weinstein Company, IFC, and Cohen Media. She is the author of The Second Mark (Simon & Schuster), which The New York Times Book Review described as "a masterly first book... can be classed among the rare sportswriting that manages to tell us something important about the human spirit." Previously, she has taught writing and filmmaking at Elon University’s School of Communications, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC School of the Arts, Duke University, Hunter College, NYU, and the Jacob Burns Film Center.