PHOENIX — Thirty artists from around the state will receive a $5,000 Research and Development grant awarded by the Arizona Commission on the Arts

The artists were chosen following a competitive application and review process, a press release from the commission said.

The grants aim to support Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons and deepen the impact of their work.

Grantees represent a variety of artistic disciplines and reside in communities throughout the state. No artists based in Pinal County were listed as grant recipients.

The following artists were awarded 2022 Research and Development Grants: Nanibaa Beck of Tucson, AmyLou Bogen of Phoenix, Gabriel José Bolaños of Tempe, Cherie Buck-Hutchison of Phoenix, Cazo of Tucson, Joseph L. Edwards of Tucson, Stephen Fairfield of St. David, Stephanie Rose Figgins of Phoenix, Sandra Flores-Strand of Mesa, Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell of Tucson, Haas of Globe, Cameron Hood of Tucson, Dina Kagan of Tucson, Jeff Kronenfeld of Tempe, Nazafarin Lotfi of Tucson, Sumana Sen Mandala of Scottsdale, Ann Morton of Phoenix, Jisun Myung of Mesa, Tanya Núñez of Douglas, Yun Gee Park of Tucson, Katie Parker of Scottsdale, Anne Pollack – Mestra Luar do Sertão of Tucson, Jordan Putt of Tucson, Yanely Rivas of Tucson, Chezale Rodriguez of Surprise, Grace Rolland-Redwood of Mesa, Samantha Schwann of Oro Valley, Elizabeth Soflin of Tucson, Lisa Minerva Tolentino of Phoenix and Alisha Vasquez of Tucson.

This year, due to a public-philanthropic partnership between the state agency and the Arizona Community Foundation and with funding from the Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts, the number of available awards doubled, from 15 to 30, according to the press release.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at

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