Arts Council announces regional grant for Nancy Kubale

Dec. 04, 2012 @ 08:24 AM

Rutherford County Arts Council announces a 20013 Regional Artists Program Grant has been awarded to Rutherfordton artist Nancy Kubale in the amount of $2,000.

The grant program is sponsored by Rutherford County Arts Council and eight other arts councils, with Charlotte/ Mecklinburg Arts Council providing administration. Funding is provided by the individual arts councils, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Blumenthal Endowment. The purpose of the grant program is to further the work and careers of both emerging and established professional artists in the nine county region.

In announcing the grant, Rutherford County Arts Council Treasurer Jesse McKinney said, “The Arts Council is pleased to offer encouragement and support for individual artists in addition to its programs for students and the general public.” Director Matthew McEnnerney added: “The Regional Grant Program is very competitive and we are proud to have artists of Nancy Kubale’s skill working in the county.”   

About being selected for the grant, Kubale said, “As a working artist it’s difficult for me to take on any kind of debt. The grant provides the seed money for professional development in technical anatomy (I’m a figurative ceramic sculptor), and actually pushes me by making the study possible. . .The study itself improves the work, makes me grow as an artist, infuses new movement and energy into the work — making it more likely to continue making a living making art.”

Kubale received her BFA in Mixed Media from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and studied clothing construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY, and ceramics at Penland School of Crafts and Santa Fe Clay. Her work explores the pursuit of Truth and the nature of the humanness in the structure of the human form.

Kubale exhibits regularly at high-end Craft Shows throughout the Eastern and Midwestern U.S., including the Philadelphia Museum Fine Craft Show, American Craft Exposition, CraftNEWYORK, the Washington & West Palm Beach Fine Craft Shows, The Milwaukee Art Museum Lakefront, as well as many American Craft Council shows.

Kubale participates in numerous group and solo gallery exhibitions throughout the U.S. and is represented by Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, River Gallery in Chattanooga, Bennett Gallery in Knoxville, Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle and gallery555 in Washington DC.

She is a 2008 North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant recipient which provided seed money for a 32’ x 20’ studio.

McEnnerney said the next deadline for the grants program will be in the spring of 2013. “We strongly encourage local artists to consider applying. An artist must be a resident of one of the nine counties, but there is no quota limiting how many artists can receive funding from a particular county.”