Michael Dugger and Ian Carroll Named 2023 Artist Innovator Award Winners in York County

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York, PA – The Cultural Alliance of York County is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Artist Innovator Awards, Michael Dugger and Ian Carroll; each of whom will receive a $10,000 cash prize. The award was presented publicly on Tuesday, November 28th at the Cultural Alliance of York County Annual Meeting at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.

The Artist Innovator Award was created to highlight and reward the exceptional level of artistic talent that exists in York County. The winners were chosen after a panel of peer reviewers and jurors from outside of York County, and in fact, across the nation, narrowed down the search to 6 finalists, and then to two winners from those 6.

About the Winners:
Southern Pennsylvania based artist Michael W. Dugger has been exploring his artistic narrative through the intentional manipulation of surface by meticulously layering and mechanically removing layers to reveal his surfaces. His professional work as a firefighter and paramedic for almost 20 years informs his painting in the subject of trauma and how “We” as a community interface with traumatic events, and how we either get stopped by them or gracefully move through them.

Ian Carroll is a multi-faceted folk street musician who may be best known for his unique foot percussion system. This consists of a self-designed two-sided Cajon, Canadian style seated clogging and bell use. This relatively simple design is the first of its kind but could be easily reproduced to fit anybody and has the potential to create any polyrhythm one would like with the feet alone.

The additional award finalists were:
Ian Carroll – Music
Marcos Repolle – Film/Video
Kate Brennan – Performing Arts
Michael Dugger – Visual Art
James Tompkins – Visual Art
Lizz Dawson – Literary
The winner and finalists’ profiles and contact information, as well as many other talented artists from York County can all be found at www.york365.com.

The Cultural Alliance of York County will be soliciting feedback and hosting brainstorming sessions on ways that the Artist Innovator Award can better serve the community in 2024. To stay in the loop on this conversation, signup for either the “organization” or “artist” mailing lists at https://www.culturalyork.org/grants. Please contact Rita@culturalyork.org or call 717-812-9255 with any questions.

Founded as a United Arts Fund in 1999, the Cultural Alliance’s annual campaign currently supports arts organizations and artists that are essential to arts and culture in our community and Over the past 22 years invested $12 million in cash and $2.5 million in in-kind support for the arts. Through critical operational grants, the Cultural Alliance is the lifeline for arts and culture in York County.

For more information, call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255, visit our website at www.culturalyork.org, visit the Cultural Alliance of York on Facebook, and follow @CulturalYork on Instagram.

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