NEA Grant News Release

Yeiser Art Center receives NEA grant to support artist-in-residence program

Grant part of NEA announcement of 863 grants and $22.543 million in funding nationwide

Paducah, KY—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. The Yeiser Art Center is one of the grantees and will receive $10,000 to help support an artist-in-residence program. The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

For the past two years, the Yeiser Art Center has collaborated with the Paducah Arts Alliance, an artists’ collective, which initiated the residency pilot program funded by the city of Paducah. Discussions between the two entities led to the realization that developing a collaborative residency was a natural outgrowth of the success already enjoyed by the pilot program, which was viewed in a very favorable light by residents, local and area artists, the city, and community residents. Monica Bilak, on behalf of the Yeiser Art Center and the Paducah Arts Alliance, wrote the grant proposal for the artist in residence program.

Each artist-in-residence will receive a stipend, studio space and living space at AIR Studio in the LowerTown Arts District in Paducah, Kentucky. Artists participating in the residency program will engage with the community through exhibitions, workshops, public lectures and/or collaborative projects with local artists. Exhibitions and workshops will be held at the Yeiser Art Center, the residency space, or other location depending upon type of activity and space requirements. All Yeiser sponsored activities will be free and open to the public.

A call for artist in residence proposals will be released in January 2012. Applications will be reviewed each month until all slots are filled. The first artist will arrive April 2012 and the last available space will be March 2013. A year-end exhibition of all the residents’ work produced during the residency period will be held at the Yeiser Art Center.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

“This NEA grant will definitely provide us the opportunity to promote the development and appreciation of the visual arts to a greater number of people in this area, which is part of the mission of the Yeiser Art Center,” stated YAC Board President Johanna Rhodes.

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at

Located in downtown Paducah, the Yeiser Art Center is a non-profit visual arts organization celebrating more than fifty years of serving the community through exhibitions and education throughout the Tri-State Region.

The Yeiser Art Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm. Free and open to the public. The Yeiser Art Center is wheelchair accessible.

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