June 25, 2018
Stamps alumna Carrie Morris (MFA ‘07) has been awarded a prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship for 2018.
Funded by The Kresge Foundation, Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards are administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office of the College for Creative Studies. The latest awards provide nine Kresge Artist Fellowships in Live Arts (dance, theatre, playwriting, and other forms intended to be experienced live) and nine Kresge Artist Fellowships in Film & Music. In addition, two Gilda Award recipients were selected in each category.
The Kresge Arts in Detroit program represents the foundation’s desire to support artists living and working in the foundation’s hometown, and to elevate the profile of metro Detroit’s artists and creative communities. “The arts are a vital force in Detroit,” said Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson. “We are honored every year to support the newest recipients of Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards whose work reflect our community’s artistic and cultural wealth. While we highlight the talented individuals receiving awards this year, we also celebrate the collective statement and collective impact all of the artists have had across the first ten years of the initiative,” Rapson added. “These artists speak to tradition and experimentation. They illuminate stark truths and they light the imagination. They craft narratives of our time and they ensure timeless truths are not forgotten. Our community is more deeply connected because of artists like these woven into our cultural fabric. It is an honor to be able to support them and to elevate their work.”
Each fellowship comes with an unrestricted $25,000 prize and a year of professional practice support provided by Creative Many Michigan, including an intensive professional development retreat presented by New York-based artist-service organization Creative Capital.
Carrie’s work combines puppetry, multimedia, and experimental theater. As a director and puppet designer, her work has been seen in the NYC Fringe, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Seattle’s Annex Theater and as an artist-in-residence with the Grand Rapids Symphony. With a BFA in directing from NYU and an MFA in studio art from University of Michigan, she is a Fulbright grantee in the field of performance art for multimedia shadow puppetry in Indonesia. Her work has been supported by the Jim Henson Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and MCACA.
2018 Kresge Live Arts Fellows (Carrie Morris at top left)