Four Butler University professors and the executive director of Clowes Memorial Hall have been awarded $10,000 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Cynthia Pratt (dance), Diane Timmerman and Rob Koharchik (theatre), Chris Forhan (literature) and Elise Kushigian (Clowes Hall) were among 37 recipients of grants given to artists and arts administrators to reinvigorate their work by renewing and refreshing their creativity. Pratt, Timmerman and Koharchik are two-time recipients.

Pratt, who has taught at Butler for 16 years, said she will be using her grant to attend Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Lee, Mass.

Timmerman, who joined the Butler faculty in 1993, will use her grant to develop her photography skills with the aim of incorporating photography into theatre pieces.

Koharchik, who’s been at Butler for six years, plans to visit the Watermill Center on Long Island, view productions and works created by avant-garde stage director and playwright Robert Wilson, and explore cross-discipline art pieces.

Forhan, who joined the Butler faculty in 2007, said the Creative Renewal Fellowship will provide funding for time and travel to work on a prose memoir, “a book that I envision as being not so much the narration of my own life story as the exploration of the lives of the people, mainly strangers to me, in the previous generations of my family — with my father being the key by which I might begin to unlock their mysteries.”

Kushigian, who has been presenting entertainment at Clowes Hall for 16 years, will use the grant as an opportunity to be the person being entertained. She said she plans to experience American art forms in the United States, with specific emphasis on American roots music (jazz, blues, etc), contemporary dance and theater (for-profit and not-for-profit) in such locations as Chicago, New York City and New Orleans.

Arts Council President and CEO Dave Lawrence announced the selection of the 2011-2012 Creative Renewal Arts Fellows at (shout!), an exhibition at the Indianapolis Art Center celebrating the completion of the 2009-2010 Creative Renewal Fellowship experience.

“The entire community benefits from having professional working artists in central Indiana and the fellowship provides those artists with the chance to renew their creativity,” Lawrence said. “We are grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for its ongoing support of this program and look forward to the impact it will have on this latest group of fellows.”

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