The first artist grant I ever received was from the Anne McKee Artist Fund in Key West. The year was 2000 and just the beginning of my artistic career. The awarding of this grant not only funded a photo project, but it solidified the belief in myself as an artist in an established and esteemed community of creative individuals. I was fortunate to receive other grants from Anne McKee in 2005 and 2009 as well. These grants encouraged my exploration of the photographic medium and steered my work into new directions. It goes without saying that I would not be where I am (or whom I am ) today if it were not for Anne McKee!
Since 1994, the Anne McKee Artists Fund has been the only grant program of its kind for Florida Keys artists. It has had an immeasurable impact on an entire generation of artists and has helped to shape the cultural landscape in the Keys. In the past 22 years over 250 grants have been given!!
Tonight marks the opening of Artists4Artists, A Retrospective Show of Anne McKee Artists Fund Grant Recipients at The Studios of Key West. This exhibition celebrates 100 visual artists, authors and performers who have received Anne McKee grants over the past 22 years.
The opening reception is tonight January 5th from 6-8pm. The exhibition dates are from January 5th – 26th at The Studios of Key West, located at 533 Eaton Street. Artwork will be displayed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of TSKW with live performances and book readings in the main theatre.
Thank you Anne McKee! Wish I could be there in person to celebrate with everyone!!