TAMPA — Fourteen artists have been awarded grants totaling $40,000 by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County as part of its 2016 Individual Artist Grants program.
The grant program is designed to provide support for the professional growth of accomplished, local artists. Artists applied for funds for specific projects that were reviewed and scored by a six-member panel of arts professionals in February. All of the artists live in Hillsborough County.
The Arts Council’s Board of Directors voted unanimously Feb. 25 to approve the panel recommendations for awards. Grantees include Laura Waller, painter, $3,000 for production of exhibition catalog of new work.
Laura Waller, the highest scoring visual artist, also received the Carolyn Heller Visual Arts Award, providing her with an additional $1,000.
Heller was a popular visual artist in Tampa and upon her death in 2011, her family designated memorials in her name be directed to Hillsborough Arts.