Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Congratulations to local grant recipients for the Franz Bader Grant Awards.

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2008— The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund is pleased to announce that it awarded a total of $50,000 to three area visual artists in December 2007. The recipients of these grants are: Heidi Fowler of Reston, Virginia, Michael Platt of Washington, D.C., and Elzbieta Sikorska of Silver Spring, Maryland. Fowler makes contemplative and symbolic landscape paintings that address issues of consumerism and stewardship. Platt, who was born in Washington, D.C., studied at Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, and received his MFA at Howard University, is known for his prints and drawings. His images are grounded in the human condition, particularly the history of Africa and the African Diaspora. Coincidentally, he is the first recipient of a Bader Fund grant to have shown his work at Franz Bader’s gallery. Sikorska, a Polish-born graphic artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, produces very large landscape drawings over which the figures of wild animals are sometimes superimposed in a way that suggests the great age of the landscapes and the species that live hidden in them.

This is the sixth year that the Fund has given grants to artists. Previous recipients of Bader Fund grants include the following painters: Kevin MacDonald and Charles Ritchie, both of Silver Spring, Maryland; Steven Kenney of Washington, Virginia; and Alex Kanevsky, Susan Moore, and Scott Noel, all of Philadelphia. Sculptor Yuriko Yamaguchi, of Vienna, Virginia, received a grant in 2004, and Richard Weaver, of Charlottesville, Virginia, received a grant in 2005 for his terra cotta reliefs. In 2006, awards were made to photographers Frank Hallam Day and Joe Mills, and to painter Philip Geiger.

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