Category: Emerging Artist Award

EA Winner: Michael Dahlberg

Michael Dahlberg
Michael Dahlberg

 Emerging Artist Award: Music

“The SBCF Emerging Artist grant arrived at a time when I needed it most. Within a precarious window between completing a degree and establishing meaningful and sustaining work, it was like a friend reaching out to provide a hand. Thanks to my award, I was able to purchase equipment that has been vital in developing my voice as a cellist, helping me take full advantage of everyone opportunity that comes my way. I could not be more grateful!!”

EA Winner: Paul Endres, Jr.

Paul Endres, Jr.
Paul Endres, Jr.

Emerging Artist Award: Visual

“I was awarded the Nellie Taft Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation in 2013, and it had a great impact on my work. At the time I was creating my first solo art exhibition to be shown at Childs Gallery, and this award funded the material costs of producing about 18 months of work. In addition to this financial support, and perhaps more important, is the connection to Boston. My work, which is comprised of a series of narrative figurative paintings that take place in Boston, is interwoven with the history and culture of the city. To have my paintings hang in the St. Botolph Club was a true honor. I cannot express how immensely gratifying it is to have received an award for my paintings from one of Boston’s essential institutions.”

EA Winner: Sean Fleming

Sean Fleming
Sean Fleming

 Emerging Artist Award: Music

“I am indebted to the Saint Botolph Club Foundation. Winning a St. Botolph grant allowed me time to pursue research in several areas of music, including Ragtime music. I found band arrangements of Ragtime music that were published in the early 20th century. I presented several concerts locally with a band that played those arrangements, and I even added dancers to a couple of the concerts, complete with a tutorial for the audience members of early 1900-period dances. Thank you Saint Botolph Club Foundation!”

EA Winner: Paul Harding

Paul Harding [Photo credit: Ekko von Schwichow]
Emerging Artist Award: Literature

“The St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant gave a sense of authentication to my first efforts at writing fiction. Making art seemed possibly unreal, a kind of dream, an affectation, even, for a good while. Then, suddenly, there were other, thoughtful, literary, discerning people – readers! – who had looked at some of my stuff and liked it, found worth in it, felt it should be recognized and even abetted. The grant was one of the very first signs from the outside world that the stakes were real and that I should, as it were, double down and really get to it. It was an incredibly empowering moment at a pivotal point in my life as a writer.”

EA Winner: Steve Cowperthwaite

Steve Cowperthwaite
Steve Cowperthwaite

Emerging Artist Award: Literature

“I enjoyed “Foundation On Parade.”  I bought Great Courses on writing,  paid for Senior College, subscribed to magazines, attended poetry festivals, donated to MPBN, bought a new computer. I  published a book of my poems, “Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke – A Maine Melody.” It’s selling! I plan to attend workshops, might even skip out on part of a Maine winter to do so. I’m in two writing groups, a storytelling group, and I’m working on another book.  It’s been a “productive and  gratifying” year, a life changing year. The Emerging Artist Award enabled me to do things I couldn’t afford. Your willingness to invest in a late bloomer has given me a new perspective on life. I am truly grateful for the for the  generosity and confidence of the Saint Botolph Club Foundation.”