Sunday, January 2, 2011

McGinnis wins Pollock-Krasner grant

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Sean McGinnis, whose string sculpture "Crepuscule" hung in Green Mountain Falls as part of the Green Box

Crepuscule, GMF 2009
Arts Festival in 2009, has won a $25,000 grant for 2011 from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. "Based on the exceptional quality of his work and the extent of his artistic achievement," according to a press release, the award recognizes his original contributions and unique approach to his art.

"At first my reaction was to cry!" writes McGinnis in an e-mail. He'd been looking for a way to "break the cycle of having to work part time all the time, which kills the momentum ... Now that I have actually received the money, I plan to use it to put into place everything needed to keep my art production running on its own," he says.


"Plus, it has opened the possibility of collaborating with a 3D film ... I see it as a chance to move my art into a whole different place a whole new direction that wouldn't have been possible otherwise."

In case you've missed the July 2009 story and our blog updates, McGinnis is known for his large-scale "landart" sculptures using taut string and rope and secured only by knots.

His most recent installation, "Cathedral," hung in the Massif de Sancy, France, earlier this year. He's lived in Paris since 1997, returning to Green Mountain Falls on occasion to visit his parents.

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