The Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Program was created in 1989 to encourage the pursuit of artistic excellence by providing financial support to outstanding artists. Fellowship grants go to contemporary and traditional artists living in Nevada in the literary, performing, and visual arts (including media arts), and may be awarded at any stage of the artists’ career development. By recognizing and rewarding artistic accomplishment, the Artist Fellowship Program promotes public awareness and appreciation of the role of the artist in our society.

These conversations introduce some of the past Artist Fellows and give a glimpse of the variety of processes, practices, and experiences that artists encounter in their work. Over a two-year time period, Reno videographer, Omar Pierce interviewed and filmed six past Artist Fellows and former Nevada Arts Council Executive Director, Bill Fox, who created the program.

Bill Fox: Creating the Artist Fellowship Grant

Jennifer Grim: Finding funding for projects you love

Nick Larsen: Avoiding being one of the 85%

Michael Sarich: Putting viewers in the driver’s seat

Eugene Shapiro: Expanding the jazz audience

Jared Stanley: Having the time to write

Erica Vital-Lazare: Being acknowledged by  a community