The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the recipients of its 27th annual Artist Fellowships, including, for the first time, recipients and finalists in the Folk/Traditional Arts category. Chautauqua County resident Phil Hastings was selected to receive an award in Film/Video.
Hastings is a filmmaker and Visual Arts and New Media assistant professor at SUNY Fredonia. His work has screened across the U.S. and Canada, including the Black Maria Film Festival, Winnipeg International Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, and the Humboldt International Short Film Festival. Prior to joining SUNY Fredonia, he was a director of the Big Muddy Film Festival. Recently, he started the SUNYWide Film Festival for students in the SUNY system.
Hastings earned his naster of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his bachelor of fine arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design.
A total of 94 Fellowships of $7,000 each were awarded in the following disciplines: Fiction; Film/Video; Folk/Traditional Arts; Interdisciplinary Work, and Painting. In addition to the Fellows, three Finalists, who do not receive a cash award, were named in each of the five categories. The Fellows and Finalists were selected by state-wide panels of their peers from 4,317 applicants.
First launched in 1985, NYFA's Artist Fellowship Program, has provided over $26 million in unrestricted cash grants to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their careers. Past recipients include the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes and 15 MacArthur "Genius" Fellowships. The funds can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers.
NYFA's 2012 Artists' Fellowships are administered by NYFA with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation and one anonymous donor.
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives.