Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2012 Regional Artist Project Grant - Recipient

I am very pleased to announce that I have recently been awarded a grant from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County to purchase new studio lights and materials to build new studio equipment such as a new model stand and storage racks!  These Regional Artist Project Grants (RAPG) are awarded annually to qualifying applicants to provide financial support for projects that will advance the applicant's career in demonstrable ways.

Britek Halogen light set, including boom, 2 stands, and three adjustable lamps!

All recipients are required to spend all project funds by December of 2012.  So, I dutifully purchased the above beautiful set of three Britek Halogen lamps, soft boxes and stands (including that awesome boom) right away.  I have been trying them out for both lighting my subjects that I choose to paint, as well as using them to take more professional photographs of my artwork.  Using these lights to photograph my work has made my least favorite aspect of being an artist a much more palatable chore!  Next will come the building - of storage racks and a new model stand.  My models will no longer have to pose on the floor or propped up on a hobbled table!  Thank you to the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, especially Jennifer McIntyre who works tirelessly to continue this wonderful opportunity for our area artists.  I very much appreciate the support and it will undoubtedly go far in advancing my efforts as a fine artist.  

The Regional Artist Project Grant is funded and administered by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.  This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.  The program is operated in partnership with the Franklin County Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Vance County Arts Council and Warren County Arts Council.


  1. Hi Alia,

    I would love to copy your artists stand as it is just what I'm looking for. Do you have the dimensions and supply lists that you could share? I have a carpenter who I am bartering with, who might be able to copy it just by looking, but the stats would make it so much easier.

    1. We very much made this up as we went along. I do not have a count of the materials, nor a plan to follow. I'm sure your carpenter could find improvements even on this design. Good luck.