2017 Artist Grantees

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Creative Pinellas honors our County’s working artists, their accomplishments to date and supports their efforts to advance their careers with the promise of future achievement in their chosen medium in its widest sense.

Creative Pinellas is excited to announce the recipients of its 2017 Artist Grants:


Professional Artist Fellows

Andee Sun Scott — Choreography

Andee Sun Scott is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally, most recently in the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival and Barnstorm Dance Fest, as well as Beijing, China, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Andee has conducted residencies and taught master classes around the world and is on faculty at the University of South Florida. In 2014, she created Dance Linkages to build a contemporary network of artists connecting across geographies and disciplines to develop, perform and tour new work. Read her blog.


Elizabeth Ann Baker — Interdisciplinary, Performance Art

Elizabeth Baker is a new renaissance artist. She is a composer, performer, musician, writer and more. Emmy-award winning composer Larry Groupé has referred to her works as “Perfect.” Further, Elizabeth’s works have been featured by Composers Circle, FIVE by FIVE, TEDxYouthTampaBay, Tampa Mini Makers Faire, Orlando Mini Makers Faire, as well as at the 2014 Electronic Music Midwest Festival and the 19th International Festival of Women Composers. Read her blog.


Steven Kenny — Visual Arts, Painting

Steven Kenny is an artist based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He studied in Rome before graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1984. As an illustrator, he has acquired many notable clients such as Sony, Microsoft and Time Magazine and garnered several awards. He has since devoted his full attention to the fine arts. Steven exhibits his unique surreal work extensively and his paintings can be found in public and private collections around the world. Read his blog.


Roxanne Fay — Theatre/Musical Theatre, Original Theatre Productions

Roxanne Fay is an actor, a writer, and Producing Artistic Director. As an actor, Roxanne has received awards from Theatre Tampa Bay, Broadway World and local press. In 2016, she was awarded the Hawthornden Writers’ Fellowship and spent a month as playwright in residence at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, completing her new work, Thrice To Mine, with a planned autumn 2017 production. Roxanne continues creating theatrical experiences and engaging audiences across the Tampa Bay community. Read her blog.


Linda Dee Guy — Visual Arts, Mixed Media

Linda Dee Guy is a visual artist and maintains a studio in St. Petersburg, Florida’s Warehouse Arts District. Linda’s exhibition experiences include over 20 solo exhibitions and international shows in Peru and Japan. She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in over 100 juried group exhibitions and her public work is on permanent display at the Fort Worth Dallas Airport. She is currently represented by Ro2 Gallery, Akard Street in Dallas, Texas. Read her blog.

David Manson — Music Composition, Mixed Genre

David Manson is a composer, trombonist, improviser, presenter, producer and educator with a diverse range of experience in music. He is founder and director the EMIT series (in its 21st season), recipient of awards for programming by Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additionally, David writes for and leads the Helios Jazz Orchestra, MIFU (Mobile Itinerant Funk Unit), O Som Do Jazz and teaches jazz studies and Pro Tools courses in the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at St. Petersburg College. He is the founder and director of the annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, in its 9th season. Read his blog.


Returning Artist Fellows

William Leavengood — Theatre/Playwriting

William Leavengood is a two-time O’Neill playwright and alumnus of Circle Repertory. Leavengood has been the recipient of several grants and awards for his work. He has an extensive list of credits for Off-Broadway, Los Angeles and Florida regional work including Special on Theatre Row, Little Mary at the Sanford Meisner Theatre, The Head at the Matrix, What is Art? at the Court, Money Maker at the Heather Theater and Webb’s City: The Musical at the Mahaffey Theater. Read his blog.


D Yael Kelley — Painting

D Yael Kelley is a visual artist with a studio in the artist enclave of Historic Kenwood in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was an Artist in Residence at both the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, and at Diamond Art in Dallas, Texas. Further, she served as the vice-president of the Texas Visual Arts Association and worked as certified instructor and demonstration artist for several major arts materials manufactures that include Crayola Crayons, Winsor and Newton, and Daler Rowney. She has and continues to exhibit her work extensively while advocating for the arts. Read her blog.

*Creative Pinellas welcomes submissions from practicing artists for publication in our artists directory. To submit, please fill out the form here. Such publication does not constitute on endorsement by Creative Pinellas and does not imply a judgement about the quality of the work or the participating artist.