Bay Area Community Foundations Award Fellowships to Six Art Teachers

(SAN FRANCISCO) – May 14, 2007 – Six San Francisco Bay Area Arts teachers – two from Alameda County and one each from Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties – are recipients of fellowships sponsored by the four major community foundations in the region.

The “Fund for Artists” is sponsored by the East Bay Community Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. With financial support from the Surdna Foundation, the Fund’s fellowship program is intended to foster the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in Bay Area middle and high schools by allowing recipients to foster their own creative work and to interact with other professional artists in their field.

Recipients of the 2007-2008 fellowships are:

ADELINA BARRIOS (Capuchino High School, San Mateo County, $1,124) will attend a Dance and Movement Workshop at Chapman University in Orange, California, to study with artist in residence, Jenny Backhaus, attend dance concerts, and perform choreography developed during the workshops.

KATHERINE BECKNER (Mt. Diablo High School, Contra Costa County, $5,000) will study techniques of mold making for pottery, sculptural forms, prototype models, fabric plaster molds, and one-of-a-kind tiles with Richard Notkin at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramics in Helena, Montana. She will also take a Salt Fire class at Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education, and become a member of the Berkeley Potters Studio where she will continue developing her portfolio in sculptural ceramics.

MARY ESTES (Ida B. Wells High School, Marin County, $5,000) will travel to Snowmass, Colorado and attend the summer art program at Anderson Ranch Art Center to take “Contemporary Painting: Metaphor and the Current Cacophony” and “The Provocative Fragment: Oil Painting and Drawing,” from instructors Lawrence Rinder and Kathleen Poe.

DAN KRYSTON (San Francisco High School of the Arts, San Francisco County, $5,000) will attend the Malta Festival in Warsaw, Poland as both a participant and a contributor. He will visit various parts of the city to view original site-specific performances, train with two distinguished theater masters — Fundaja Akcja and Weronika Fibisch, and attend seminars and performances by Teatr Ruchu, the State Theatre School. He will also give a one-day seminar on the “Voice of American Musical Theatre.”

MIRIAM STAHL (Berkeley High School/Arts and Humanities Academy, Alameda County, $5,000) will study the digital printmaking process in a workshop that is a part of the “6th Annual Summer Institute of Innovative Printmaking” at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. She will also rent studio time at Kala to develop and print a new body of work in preparation for an exhibition at the Berkeley Art Center in October 2007.

LARRY STEFL (Berkeley Technical Academy, Alameda County, $5,000) will attend a two-week Summer Institute on Innovative Printmaking at Kala Art Institute and Trillium Press, purchase a printing press, and continue to develop his body of work, entitled “Brasilia Series.”

In addition to their individual fellowship funds, awardees receive a $1,500 stipend earmarked for follow-up activities with their students.

“We at The San Francisco Foundation are thrilled to join with our community foundation colleagues and the Surdna Foundation in supporting art teachers. Their dedication to reconnect or deepen their own art practice by taking time out of their busy lives will only make them better educators. This is such a wonderful program,” said John Killacky, Program Officer for Arts and Culture.