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4 fellowships granted to local artists

Brief by Central Staff

Arts – May 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

The Colorado Council of the Arts has announced the recipients of twenty 2001 Artist Fellowships, and the list includes four artists from Central Colorado. According to CCA, “these $5,000 awards acknowledge outstanding achievement by Colorado artists in their disciplines.”

Among the recipients is fiber artist Judé Silva of Buena Vista who was featured in last month’s Colorado Central. Panelists praised her “ability to create a lively space with fiber.”

Two writers from our region received awards for fiction, Pamela Houston of Creede and Kent Nelson of Salida.

Houston, an author of four books and numerous stories, has previously received an O’Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize. “Panelists described her writing as controlled and unified, and they praised her work for its true emotional moments and its steady progression of incremental themes.”

Nelson is the author of seven books, and teaches at Colorado College. “Panelists praised the breathtaking simplicity of his writing, and they observed that every sentence rang with authorial authenticity.”

Michael O’Hanlon of Westcliffe received a fellowship in the literature, non-fiction category. He is the author of Colorado Sangre de Cristo; A Complete Trail Guide, and also a member of Custer Search and Rescue’s First Response Team. “Panelists praised his ability to handle dramatic moments in writing and to sustain a gripping tension.”

Our congratulations to all.