Zach Layton Receives 2015 Artist Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Zach Layton Receives 2015 Artist Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Date posted: 2015-01-06 14:45:01

Composer/performer, visual artist and Rensselaer PhD candidate Zach Layton is the recipient of a 2015 Artist grant from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. The prestigious awards are given annually to individual artists in recognition of the merit and imaginativeness of their work, and the effect such support might have on their careers.

Layton is completing a PhD in Electronic Arts in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.  He has played an active role in the Brooklyn arts scene for over ten years as Founder and Artistic Director of the new music/media series Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant-Garde, and as Curator and Managing Director at ISSUE Project Room.  Zach is also a guest lecturer at Columbia University's Sound Art MFA program.  He holds a BA in Composition from Oberlin, a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU, and in addition to his studies at RPI is also completing an MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.  

Founded in 1963 by John Cage, Jasper Johns and other visual artists, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts assists and encourages innovation, experimentation and potential in the arts. Its Grants to Artists program provides significant, unrestricted assistance to individual artists in five categories: dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts.  There is no application process; recipients are nominated by artists and other professionals in each discipline. Grants are awarded annually to outstanding or unusually promising artists and arts organizations which create, present, or support work of an imaginative, contemporary nature.

For more information, visit http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org

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