2014 New Works Grant recipients

New Works grants provide support to individual artists, residing in Tucson and Pima County, for projects that employ innovative forms of art making and design, while meeting the highest standards of excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines.

The 2014 New Works Grant recipients are:

TC Tolbert – Exhales: 2008-2013
A series of 20 erasure poems based on news reports related to the 85 trans people who were murdered in the US between 2008 and 2013. The poems will explore the relationship between violence against transgender people and the language used to represent trans people in popular media.

Catherine Eyde – The Fine Art of Parenting
A series of drawings, paintings and exhibitions are being created by an artist and her child. While they explore the collaborative process, each inspires and complements the other.

Shloka Mangharam Ettna – Amalla Dreamypants Learns to Fly
A mixed-media, illustrated children’s picture book, featuring a protagonist with limited access to transport, who nevertheless prompts viewers to immerse themselves in their own imaginations and possibilities.

Milta Ortiz – Mas
The development of a final draft of the docu-theater script about the banning of Mexican American studies in the Tucson Unified School District.

David Sherman – Son Blues
A 35-minute experimental documentary film about blues music, creativity and the emerging consciousness of a remarkable young Tucson musician.

Adan Banuelos – Lost Identity
The development and construction of a kinetic sculpture that embodies the enthusiasm and passion of lowrider car culture.

Ben Johnson – Beekeeping
An exploration of the ancient bond between humans and bees and the current threat to bees, through a body of works encompassing video and mixed-media encaustic.


This year, the New Works grant application process proved very competitive, as TPAC received a great number of worthy  proposals. Thank you to everyone who participated.