Artist Professional Development Grant Awardees

Fourth Quarter Grantees

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“Alice” by Judy Grupp

Judy Grupp
For the creation of a portable home studio as a covid-friendly adaptation to her practice and create a body of work and art show to boost the visibility of colored-pencil artists. Judy is a mixed media artist in the truest sense with a painting style that is a blend of realism and abstract, with an illustrative quality. Find more about Judy, her process and her illustrations at:

“Heartbreak” by Annelise Vuono

Annelise Vuono 
To purchase high quality, art-related merchandise and booth rental space in shops to bolster income from her art while transitioning to running her creative small business full-time. Annelise has been working for years in various visual art fields including murals and window painting.

Third Quarter Grantees

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Jean in her studio in Hanover, PA

Jean Gralley
Jean’s grant will be used to complete the “dummy” copy of her first graphic novel, “THE GOTHS OF YORK” which will then be used to seek potential publishers. Jean is a writer/illustrator of five picture books, five STEM comic books, and, as Cricket Staff Artist, innumerable stories and cartoons for Cricket Magazine.

Steph Holmes painting, “Wings in a Rainstorm”

Steph Holmes
For equipment necessary to launch her online store as well as hire a creative business consultant. Steph recently moved into her ‘whimsical art and eco-friendly studio’ in Downtown York, PA as well as started a new monthly blog on her website:

Kayode Malomo’s painting of 2021 Inaugural Poet, Amanda Gorman.

Kayode Malomo
Funds will be used to produce and promote Kayode’s first solo show since moving to York, PA entitled “An Exciting Journey to York”. Kayode is the chairman of Malomsyart Africa, as well as the CEO of People Productivity Solutions.
Learn more about Kayode at his website:

Setup of Debbie Mancuso’s work for sale during a holiday event in 2020

Debbie Mancuso
This grant will purchase a replica of Patrick Green’s Triple Swing Wool Picker which will drastically decrease the processing time of wool fibers which the artist uses as both a source of income, and for her artwork.
Debbie is a fiber artist with over 25 years of experience, as well as the founder and manager of the “Teaching Muesum for the Fiber Arts and Textiles” near Felton, PA

Second Quarter Grantees

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Grant Recipient Kym Stine with her art at the Brain Injury Association Conference in 2018.

Kym Stine – To hire an executive assistant to develop personalized systems and processes to further her art career following a traumatic brain injury.

Raine Valentine – To digitize and create NFT’s for her artwork, as well as developing a curriculum to teach others how to engage this new art market.

First Quarter Grantees

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“Diversity the Strength of Forests” by Christine Mercer-Vernon

Christine-Mercer Vernon
For the purchase of atelier level figure and portrait painting classes Find Christines work on her website at:

Christina Myers
For one-on-one coaching with award-winning playwright Jessica Blank to develop the screenwriting of her limited TV series, “Spinners”.
Learn more about Christine and her theater work at

Andi Simpson’s Mural in Royal Square Neighborhood in York City.

Andi Simpson
For art making and promotional materials for an upcoming solo show at MarketView Arts. See more of Andi’s work at

Second Quarter Grantees

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James Manjo

James Manjo
For the purchase of a trombone for artistic growth and expansion of musical practice. Learn more about his work at his Instagram account at

Butera the Florist

Vincenzo Butera
To attend the six-day Floral Trends Global Summit in Vancouver, Canada in early March. Learn more about his floral work at

“In Your Afterglow”

Patricia McGee
For post-production software upgrades and promotion of her latest film; “In Your Afterglow.”  See a trailer of this feature at

Cast of “Peeled”

Freddie Graves
For the purchase of hard drives to begin post production of “Peeled” documentary film. Learn more about Freddie and his work at

First Quarter Grantees

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“Dietz Family Cemetary”

Patricia Tomes
For the purchase of a new iPad for portfolio management and sales, and in-depth online art classes with artist Mary Bentz Gilkerson.

“Hydrangea”, Terri Yacovelli

Terri Yacovelli
To attend a workshop with master encaustic painter Lisa Pressman, and gain the necessarily skill to work in large-format encaustics.

“Synchronicity”, Leah Limpert Walt

Leah Limpert Walt
For the creation of a brand new body of work to be displayed in a solo show at Marketview Arts in June 2020.