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June 29, 2016

Goldspiel named 2016 Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellow

Montevallo, Ala. – Chair and Professor of Music, Dr. Alan Goldspiel, was recently awarded a fellowship at the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) June meeting in Montgomery.

Goldspiel received a music grant from ASCA for $5,000. Goldspiel’s compositions exhibit a variety of thematic melodies that are well suited for musicians and audiences. He has also been praised for having imaginative work that explores new musical ideas.

“It is widely held in higher education that creativity has become an essential attribute for success in the 21st century,” said Dr. Steven Peters, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “Dr. Goldspiel’s accomplishment reflects the CoFA’s commitment to creative thinking in the areas of teaching, creative activity, service and our ongoing dedication to the essential role of the arts as an engine of student success.”

The fellowship grants awarded by ASCA are given to individual artists and are based on merit of work, career achievement, professional development and service to the state.

“Our state is fortunate to have so many artists from every artistic discipline producing works of the highest caliber,” said Dora James, ASCA chair.

Fellowships are given to individual artists working in arts administration, crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theatre and visual arts. These awards recognize artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity. Recipients may use funds to set aside time to create art, improve their skills or do what is most advantageous to enhance their artistic careers.

ASCA awarded 16 fellowships, including one arts administration fellowship totaling $80,000, and seven Arts and Cultural Facilities grants totaling $177,500, for a grand total of $257,500