Below are the first group of 45 artists selected to receive $1,000 awards from ART IS ESSENTIAL  This is Round 1. Click on each artist’s name to learn more about their idea.

  Alexandra Espinoza

  Ana Mosquera

  Anna Drozdowski

  Annie Liontas

  Annie Wilson

  Bill Green

  Carolyn Chernoff

  Chantal Vorobei Thieves

  Christina Maria Castro-Tauser

  Danielle Brief

  Deanna Mclaughlin

  Donna Oblongata

  Emily Bate

  Heather Raquel Phillips

  Helen Maurene Cooper

  Jacob C Hammes

  JJ Tiziou

  Jungwoong Kim

  Kaitlin Pomerantz and Sean O’Rourke

  Karen Smith

  Katherine Elisabeth Clark

  Kelly McQuain

  Kevin Cook

  Kristal Sotomayor

  Lane Savadove

  Li Sumpter

  Linda Fernandez

  Magda

  Mama Carla

  Maria Möller

  Mat Tomezsko

  Mehgan Rose Abdel-Moneim

  Michelle Angela Ortiz

  Nina Elizabeth “Lyrispect” Ball

  Nottene

  Owen Lyman-Schmidt

  Sam Tower

  Samantha M Connors

  Sarah Peoples & Emily Erb

  Sheila Zagar

  Shizu Homma

  Team Sunshine Performance Corporation

  Theresa Rose

  Tieshka K Smith

  Yolonda Johnson-Young