Columbus artist receives grant

Alex Warnick of Columbus received a $2,000 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. He was one of 40 Hoosier artists to receive career development assistance through the agency’s Individual Arts Program.

He plans to use the grant to purchase a DSLR camera body and lens to take high-quality photo references of birds. The photos will be used to create a series of paintings featuring Indiana’s birds.

The commission accepted grant applications from artists in the disciplines of crafts, design arts, media arts, photography and visual arts, as well as from folk artists for projects related to these traditional disciplines. Artists could request grant amounts up to $2,000 for career development assistance projects.

The Individual Artists Program launched in 1999 following a two-year research study of artists’ needs. The outcome helped create a strategic approach to assisting artists and encouraging community impact.