Each year, the Arkansas Committee selects an accomplished Arkansas woman-identified visual artist to receive the ACNMWA Artist Award. The purpose of the award is to assist an accomplished woman artist to realize her vision and help to make her achievements more visible to the art community and the public.
This $4,000 award helps the artist to support and further her studio practice and may be used for any need or purpose, including studio expenses, equipment or supplies, child care, research, travel or study. Award selection is made by a committee of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The winner will be included in the next online Artist Registry and featured on ACNMWA social media posts during the year.
The 2024 application period deadline was January 31, 2024. The recipient will be announced in March.
2023 Artist Award Winner: Shelby Fleming
Shelby Fleming is a sculptor and performance artist working in Fayetteville, Ark. A native of Collinsville, Ill., Fleming moved to Arkansas to attend the University of Arkansas School of Art to pursue a Master of Fine Arts. Fleming found herself enthralled with the beauty and growth of the Northwest Arkansas area and upon graduating in 2020, she became a permanent resident. She intends to use this award toward materials, equipment and renting a larger studio space to expand the next phase of her most recent project, Gut Feeling: Phase 2.
The body is the center of my artistic practice. Whether it is abstract or representational my work revolves around the body’s fragility and resilience as it faces internal, external, or psychological factors. My installations approach from a larger perspective as I account for the viewer’s body and viewing experience in relation to the space.
Steel, Plastic, Acrylic
Gut Feeling, Phase 1
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