Cape Region fellowship winners to present public events

Artists promise workshop, musical reading, haunting display
February 12, 2018

Four Cape Region artists were recently awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship for 2018 from the Delaware Division of the Arts, and while the grant ultimately gives artists some funds to create, there’s also a public benefit.

Roxanne Stanulis, artist programs and services program officer for the Division of Arts, said as part of the program, artists are required to give public presentations of their work. According to the grant’s website this may be an exhibit, performance, screening, publication, public reading, recording, or other presentation appropriate to the artist’s discipline.

Maribeth Fischer of Lewes was awarded a fellowship for creative nonfiction literature. She said she loves to think the public presentation portion of the fellowship is a benefit to the community because there’s access to something they might not otherwise have. She said she’s already working with a musician to create a musical essay.

“The fellowship, of course, gives me the incentive to do this, but also the funds to create this thing, and, yes, to make it something the public would love to attend,” she said.

Emerging Professional Award recipients include Rob Waters of Lewes in the Media Arts category for video and film, and Leah Beach of Rehoboth Beach in the Visual Arts category for photography.

Waters, whose videos appear frequently on, said he was proud to be awarded the fellowship on his first try. He said he recognizes public presentations of his work may not be as frequent as writers’ presentations, but he said he’s always open to talk about filmmaking.

Beach said she believes her job is to make something that someone sees for 5 seconds, which will haunt them in a beautiful way.

“I’m really stoked to see where it goes,” she said.

Gazette contributor Jack Clemons of Lewes was awarded a fellowship for literary fiction. He said he plans to conduct writing workshops.

Stanulis said the fellowship program has been around since 1980, and almost 500 fellowships have been awarded in that time. This year, she said, 124 artists submitted work samples, with 17 being chosen for the fellowship. It’s definitely competitive, she said.

Stanulis said to contact her if a group or organization is interested in hosting a fellow for an event. She can be reached at 302- 577-8283 or by email at

The next deadline for Individual Artist Fellowship applications will be Tuesday, Aug. 1. For more information on the program, go to