Lincoln Academy 3D Art Teacher, Jonathan Mess, has been selected to receive one of six 2013 grants awarded by the Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation in New York. From their website: “The Foundation follows on the lifelong commitment to the arts by both Ruth and Harold Chenven. In their lives together, they provided support to the arts through the purchase and commission of work by potters, wood workers, jewelers, and visual artists of all kinds. They raised their children to share this love of the arts and supported the artistic aspirations and achievements of children, grandchildren, and extended family. As a silversmith and jewelry designer, Ruth was acutely aware of the challenges faced by artists. Her vision, to provide support to individual artists and craftspersons, was brought into being by her loving husband, Harold, following her death. He continues to provide inspiration and support as the Foundation moves forward with its mission into the next generations of family, friends, and donors.” Mr. Mess is honored to receive the foundation’s support of his creative mission.
Mr. Mess will use funds from his Chenven Award to complete his current body of work, Leftovers, reclaiming and recycling waste ceramic materials from Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine into new sculptures and wall objects. His solo show at Greenwich House Pottery in January 2014 will include finished work from this series, and one sculpture will represent him in 2014 as a finalist in competition for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Mess teaches classes in Ceramics, Sculpture, and 3D Design at Lincoln Academy. Examples of his work can be viewed at http://www.jonathanmess.com.