The Fellowship Project Grants were established in 2016 to support individual artists from all disciplines who have received the maximum allowed number of the NAC fellowships (two and more) and meet all Fellowship Program eligibility requirements.
Reno artist Joseph DeLappe received a NAC Fellowship Project grant in fiscal 2016. His project was to create “Drone Strike(s)” a large-scale installation intended to map, via sculptural and electronic components, the history of ongoing US drone strikes in Pakistan. The work features over 400 3d printer paper drones mounted on stands – one each representing every documented drone strike in Pakistan. Arranged to create a map of drone strikes – each drone is individually lit by an addressable LED light which will go off in a timed staccato pattern reflecting a chronology of drone strikes. His installation was part of a group exhibition, Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada, March 17 – May 14, 2017, at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.
Las Vegas artist, Stephan Caplan received a NAC Fellowship Project grant in fiscal 2017. His project was to create a series of informational videos based on ideas presented in his book “Oboemotions” and a series of video recordings of works premiered by Caplan over the course of his career. Both projects are featured on his website oboemotions.com. Throughout his career, Caplan has focused on performing American music, including premiering many new works written for him by American composers. He has gained international attention as an oboe pedagogue because of his writings, which include numerous journal articles published in the USA, Germany, Great Britain and Australia; as well as two books (the first one is now available in a Japanese translation).