Gaudreau, a Portsmouth resident, is winner of the 2005 Piscataqua
Artist Advancement Grant. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Piscataqua Region grant provides financial support up to $30,000 for
one year to individual visual artists and craftspeople in the
Piscataqua region, to promote their artistic growth. Gaudreau will
receive the full amount.
"I’m beside myself," says Gaudreau when reached by phone earlier
this week at his Button Factory Studio. "I think that there are just a
lot of great and deserving artists in this community. I’m honored to be
selected, … when it could have gone to so many people."
Gaudreau, who is also a professional photographer, combines
video, photography, graphics and sculpture to create his publicly
placed eco-art. The grant comes at a important time in his career he
says. "I really need this money to launch what I want to do."
"I have several goals, I guess. One of the things going on for
me is I’ve been thinking about how my work functions in communities,
trying to shift people’s perspective about personal responsibility. And
the last three years I’ve really embraced the collaboration as a
possible means of dealing with these issues.
"With this idea of collaboration, my desire is to position
myself as a visiting artist to academic institutions, and environmental
organizations to do community collaborative projects that deal with
local environmental (issues)."
The money will be used to prepare packages and presentations
to targeted groups. It will also allow Gaudreau to travel to and take
part in public art, activist and eco art conferences, and present his
work to potential sights, venues and organizations.
"It’s not about extending a project I’ve done or am working
on. It’s about doing new work," he says. "My intent is to use the grant
to put myself in a position of doing a lot more projects. What I want
to do is lay the groundwork."
He hopes to partner with a local organization on a project, particularly one involving water issues.
This is Gaudreau’s third attempt at the grant. He was a
finalist in 2004. He says the process of applying has been beneficial,
even when not receiving the financial award. "(Applying) gave me a lot
of perspective, specifically with where my work has been, is now, and
where I want it to go. … It laid the groundwork for getting (to goals),
started me on the path of working really hard in the direction I wanted
to take my work. I was surprised how far I’d come as a result of
Gaudreau completed his MFA in studio art at the Maine College
of Art and a BFA in photography at the University of New Hampshire. He
has received numerous recognitions, including a 2003 Artist Fellowship
from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National
Endowment for the Arts, and cultural exchange and exhibition grants to
Brazil and India. He was commissioned by the state of New Hampshire for
a Governor Arts Award: Arts Patron, and by Artspeak, Portsmouth’s
Cultural Commission, along with collaborator Jennifer Belkus to create
two public works for its "Overnight Art!" project. Gaudreau and
collaborator Lesley Gaudreau received the Laureate Award, for the Voice
& Vision, Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program. He has been involved in
numerous regional public art projects and was the recipient of last
year’s Spotlight Photographer Award. His work has been featured on
WMUR’s N.H. Chronicle.
"The jury really felt this is art and bending the edges," says
Molly Colman, GPCF program consultant, regarding Gaudreau’s win. " I
think they were really excited, looking at it in the bigger way, how
art challenges the community to think more deeply. I think it was that
piece that the jury was really excited about. They felt that Tim was
doing it in an imaginative way."
Fifty-one artists, from 24 communities, submitted applications
for the 2005 Artist Advancement grant program. Arts represented were
glasswork, painting, textiles, clay, sculpture, photography, mixed
media and others.
The 2005 finalists are Sean Beavers, York, Maine, painting;
Kim Bernard, North Berwick, Maine, Encaustic Painting & Sculpture;
Alexandra de Steiguer, Farmington, N.H., Photography; Nancy Grace
Horton, Portsmouth, N.H., Photography; Barbara Rita Jenny, Portsmouth,
N.H., Digital printmaking & installation; Scott Kuckler, Stratham,
N.H., Photography; Joseph Migliore, Rochester, N.H., Blown glass;
Sherry Palmer, Durham, N.H., Painting; and Douglas Prince, Portsmouth,
Former recipients of the Advancement grant are Gary Haven
Smith of Northwood, N.H., Kate Doyle, a painter from New Castle, N.H.
and Maureen Mills, a potter from Portsmouth, N.H.