Saturday, December 20, 2014

New York Foundation for the Arts

About a year ago I submitted several of my collages to the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) prestigious Artist Fellowship. Every year the NYFA awards an unrestricted monetary grant to artists living and working in New York State. This year a record number of artists applied (over 4,000) in a variety of categories. I was told by colleagues in the arts not to get my hopes up of winning, because the Artist Fellowship is very competitive and not easy to attain. I decided to try anyway and felt that I would be a success if I got past the first round (the review process consists of three rounds and each round is judged by a panel of jurors). Off and on over the course of the year I wondered where my submission was in the review process. I would periodically check NYFA's website to see if they had made a final selection of Fellowship winners. Finally, after waiting almost a year, I learned that my submission was not selected for a 2014 Artist Fellowship. Although there was very little hope of actually being awarded the grant I believe I am a winner anyway. I feel good knowing that I have given it my all. I have learned that it is important to explore all opportunities and be proactive both professionally and personally. Above all, I want to be a good role model for my son and the children I teach. Anything is possible if you work hard and have dreams.