Susan Maakestad Named as ArtsAccelerator Grant Recipient

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications

Nov. 25, 2013


Grant recipients (left to right): Mary Jo Karimnia, Susan Maakestad, Terri Phillips and Ben Butler. Not pictured: Brandon Marshall

Susan Maakestad Named as ArtsAccelerator Grant Recipient

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MCA Professor of Fine Arts Susan Maakestad was announced Monday as one of the recipients of the inaugural ArtsMemphis ArtsAccelerator Grant in a special reception in the Hyde Gallery of Memphis College of Art’s Nesin Graduate Center. The grant marks the first program for individual visual artists in ArtsMemphis’ fifty-year history. Under the program, each artist will receive $3,000 for individual projects.

“I am thrilled to be named one of the recipients,” said Maakestad. “The timing couldn’t be better for me and my work.” Maakestad plans to use the funds to rent studio space at the Medicine Factory, a premiere studio space for professional artists in Memphis. The space there would allow for increased interaction with area artists and create the opportunity for Maakestad to participate in open studios, give students access to visit her studio and be easily accessible to visiting artists and curators. Additionally, Maakestad would have the ability to create large canvases, currently not an option in her home studio. “I have missed out on past public art opportunities in Tennessee and nationally because larger work was desired. I have been interested in the abstracted landscape as a subject for the past twenty-five years. I am motivated now by a desire to scale up—the subject matter would not change; only the scale.” Maakestad hopes to create four to six new oil paintings during the nine-month grant period.

The other ArtsAccelerator grant recipients are Ben Butler, Mary Jo Karimnia, Brandon Marshall, and Terri Phillips. Additional information on this program can be found on the ArtsMemphis website,

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