GCC professor earns artist fellowship

  • “The White Problem,” by Kelly Popoff, a Greenfield Community College art professor who recently earned a fellowship award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Contributed image

Staff Report
Published: 2/13/2020 7:04:01 PM
Modified: 2/13/2020 7:03:50 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College art professor Kelly Popoff is among the recipients of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 2020 fellowship awards in drawing and printmaking, poetry and traditional arts.

According to a GCC press release, the awards include 19 fellowships of $15,000 and 16 finalist awards of $1,500. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total of 632 applications were received: 363 in drawing and printmaking, 243 in poetry and 26 in traditional arts.

GCC Art Department Chair Paul Lindale congratulated Popoff, who joined the college’s faculty in 2011.

“Kelly works tirelessly as a full-time exhibiting artist and educator,” Lindale said. “She plays a critical role in the continuing success of the art program at GCC and of our students, and in promoting the arts in Western Massachusetts. She also happens to be an amazing artist. Kelly is truly deserving of this honor.”

“I am so grateful to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for this fellowship and the work that they do to support the advancement of our culture,” Popoff said. “I would also like to acknowledge the Vermont Studio Center and the support they have given to me and many others through the years. The work submitted for this fellowship was created at the Vermont Studio Center during a residency in 2017.”

The complete list of artist fellowships can be found at bit.ly/2tD70f4. To learn more about Popoff, visit kellypopoff.org.

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