"Representative Kim King congratulates Matthew on winning
the Al Smith Fellowship in Frankfort, Ky." Flickr.com (Feb 2012)
|Article from our local paper, The Anderson News. |
Wed, Oct 5, 2011. Article by Meaghan Downs.
Then there's the money. The monetary portion of the Fellowship is the thing that people inevitably ask about, all wondering what it is that you might do with the award and how it will affect the artist and the art. This is something that I have put a lot of thought into and it's been the topic of several discussions between myself and my wife and partner, Karine Maynard (a woman who I consider won this award as much as I did due to her support and participation in my life and work on countless levels). Karine and I both agreed that this grant should be viewed as an investment for us to live up to as best as we possibly can, so we chose to use it as the starting block of our efforts to grow our studio and business.
It is our hope that we are taking this grant and putting it to good use with the understanding that it's more than just money, it's the Kentucky Arts Council's way of saying that they believe in us as artists and in our abilities to take a seed and make it grow into something that will make our commonwealth and our world a little better than we found it. That's our hope and our goal and we will endeavor to cultivate that vision and make it grow.
Thank you to the everyone at the Kentucky Arts Council and everyone who made the Al Smith Fellowship possible, including Mr. Smith himself, a man whom I have had the honor and good fortune to meet and share humor with." ~ Matthew Maynard
|Karine Maynard, Al Smith & Matthew Maynard|