• Ben Johnson, "Rubicund Host," 2009

Five artists from Indiana and Illinois will have $20,000 each to spend however as wish after being named this year's Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellows.

Tiffany Carbonneau

(New Albany, Ind.),

Ben Johnson

(Cicero, Ind.),

Andrea Myers

(Columbus, Ohio), David Rowe (Bloomington, Ind.) and

Meredith Setser

(Indianapolis) were chosen by a five-member jury from among 197 artists submitting applications.

The Efroymson Family Fund has awarded $700,000 to 35 artists since 2004 as part of Fellowship. Artists may use money on living expenses, equipment, studio rental, travel or anything else relevant to their work; just no coke or hookers, unless they're part of a diorama.

Johnson is familiar to those familiar with NUVO: He designed the blown-glass awards for the 2011 edition of the Cultural Vision Awards. Work by past Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellows will be on display throughout the month at iMOCA and Gallery 924. This year's recipients will be honored at a private reception tonight at iMOCA. Brief bios, lifted from the press release, are as follow:

  • Tiffany Carbonneau, Untitled (doorway), 2011

Tiffany Carbonneau; new media/installation. Tiffany uses video and projection to create large-scale installations that re-contextualizes information conveyed through mass media. Tiffany’s work is a venue for her anthropological interest in contemporary culture, how it functions, and how people exist in communities on local and global scales. With this fellowship, Tiffany plans to travel to China, Thailand and Vietnam for artistic research to explore the impact of globalization on these cultures and gain a better understanding of the cultures that surround the production of goods that are consumed in North America. In addition, Tiffany plans on purchasing professional equipment for her work including projectors, a camcorder, and related new media equipment.

Ben Johnson; sculpture. Ben uses glass to create crafted contemporary glass sculpture. Ben pushes the boundaries of the material and challenges the preconceived notions of glass, which is what sets him apart from that of a traditional glassblower and into the realm of a sculptor. The fellowship will enable Ben to evolve his craft and experiment with new techniques. Ben will use the award to rent glass studio space and also purchase materials, supplies, equipment and machinery that he would not otherwise have access to which would enable him to experiment with new glass shapes and textures. Support will also allow Ben to expand the number of exhibitions he can participate in because of the ability to now ship his glass sculptures throughout the United States.

  • David Rowe, untitled, 2011

David Rowe; sculpture/installation. David works with primarily with the Midwestern American landscape and his pieces viewed at a distance represent the landscape they reference. David uses construction lumber, glue and nails to build large-scale sculptures built organically one piece at a time. With the fellowship, David will cover living expenses so he can devote more time on the creative process, update his studio with new technology, equipment and tools and to hire outside fabrication companies to help with the creation of new works.

  • Meredith Setser, "Germinal Rhizome" (detail), 2011

Meredith Setser; sculpture/installation. Meredith uses handmade felt and etchings to create large scale installations that transform gallery spaces and she intends to use the award to push her work in new directions, possibly with the integration of technology and new media. With the fellowship, Meredith intends to rent a larger studio space to enable her to continue to create large scale installations and do travel for artistic research. Meredith plans to travel to Argentina to visit print shops and residency programs, most notably the Proyecto ACE residency program in printmaking and new media. Additional use of the fellowship will be used for printmaking materials, art supplies and equipment to document her work.