Colten, McCoy Win RAC Artist Fellowships

Senior lecturer Jennifer Colten (left) and Kevin McCoy, MFA-VA19.

Posted by Liam Otten January 21, 2020


Photographer Jennifer Colten, senior lecturer in Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and designer/interdisciplinary artist Kevin McCoy, who earned an MFA in Visual Art from the Sam Fox School in May, have won 2019 Artist Fellowships from the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis.

Also among this year’s 10 honorees are Paul Tran, a senior poetry fellow in the Writing Program in Arts & Sciences, and Asha Premachandra, founder of Dances of India and an adjunct instructor in University College.

Launched in 2013, the annual fellowships are designed to support development of artists’ careers, providing time and space to study, reflect, experiment, explore and create. They are among the few multidisciplinary fellowships of their kind in the United States. Each recipient receives a $20,000 award.

Colten’s work explores the representation of landscapes, social spaces and cultural geographies at the margins of the urban environment. Her photos have been included in institutions such as the Denver Art Museum, the Museum Hundertwasser in Vienna, and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, Colombia.

McCoy’s practice spans several media disciplines, including printmaking, product development, and publication design. His work has been exhibited in Small Talk at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Overview is a Place at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York, and On & On at the Beard and Weil Galleries at Wheaton College. He is half of the collaborative duo, WORK/PLAY, which he started with his wife, Danielle.

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