Applications were accepted in the disciplines of choreography, criticism, fiction, music composition, non-fiction, playwrighting and poetry. Each award is $5,000.
In addition, funding is awarded through an anonymous, open panel review process focused on the basis of exceptional merit of an artist’s past body of work.
The local winners are:
Ashley Bethard - Dayton - Non-fiction
Andrew Graff - Cedarville - Fiction
Audrey Hackett - Yellow Springs - Poetry
Quentin Sledge - Dayton - Choreography
Countess V. Winfrey - Dayton - Choreography
“Ohio is a creative state, and we are fortunate that a wealth of talented artists call it their home,” said Donna S. Collins, executive director of the Ohio Arts Council, in a release. “The Ohio Arts Council is proud to support the outstanding artistic accomplishments evidenced by this year’s Individual Excellence Award winners.”
Bethard is editor of the Dayton Daily News and chief content officer for Cox First Media.
For more information about the Ohio Arts Council’s grant programs, visit oac.ohio.gov/grants.