Harpo Foundation grants Osage 2012 Native American Artist Fellowship

The Harpo Foundation recently announced that Ross Chaney, Osage/Cherokee, is a recipient of their 2012 Native American Artist Fellowship award.

As a Harpo Fellow, Chaney will be an artist-in-residence for one month at the Vermont Studio Center. There he will join over 50 other visiting artists and writers who have traveled from around the world to be provided a space to work and room to think. This fellowship program has been established to support the development of artists and the potential for intercultural dialogue.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Chaney now lives and works in Santa Fe, N.M. His work has been exhibited at spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz. Chaney also has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture of Santa Fe. Currently, several pieces are traveling to Russia to join a works on paper exhibit at the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts and the State Museum of Novosibirsk.

“I am still processing the news of this honor,” Chaney said in a prepared release. “I am really looking forward to having this period of time to explore healing and transformation and to share with the other artists.”

The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 by Edward Levine to support emerging artists who are under recognized by the field. The Foundation also seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art.

Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international residency program in the United States.

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