ST. MARYS CITY, Md.Billy Friebele, assistant professor of art at St. Marys College of Maryland, has been chosen for a Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award in media/digital/electronic arts. The award comes with a $1,000 grant to support Friebeles art.
The MSAC makes awards to Maryland artists annually through a competitive application process, aimed to promote and support artistic excellence across the state. This year, MSAC awarded individual works in the following categories: fiction; theater: solo performance; visual arts: media/digital/electronic arts; visual arts: painting; and visual arts: works on paper. The awards program is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. The formal announcement of the MSAC Individual Artist Awards was made on Thursday, March 21.
Friebele, a 2012 Hamiltonian Fellow, has recently had his art featured in the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center exhibition The Fellows Converge: The Obstructions, as well as in the Corcoran College of Art and Designs exhibition This is Not a Museum: Portable and Lurking. He has also exhibited in New York, NY; Detroit, MI; St. Louis, MO; Colorado, and Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Friebele received his B.A. in philosophy from St. Marys College in 2000, and his M.F.A. in sculpture and new media from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. He started teaching at St. Marys College in 2008.
Jennifer Cognard-Black, professor of English at St. Marys College of Maryland, was also chosen for a Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award in Fiction.