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The Arkansas Arts Council, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage & Tourism, announced the recipients of its annual Individual Artist Fellowships, a group of unconditional, nonmatching awards of $4,000 each, awarded to nine artists in rotating categories. This year, the fellowship categories were Sculpture & Art Installation, Dance Choreography and Writing of Novels.

A reception Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Walton Arts Center at 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville honors the nine recipients, whose biographies from the AAC’s press release follow:


Sculpture and Installation Art:

  • Holly Laws, of Mayflower, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture at Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is one of the “Women to Watch 2019: Heavy Metal Touring Exhibition.” She represented the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2018. Laws is associate professor of art at University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
  • Linda Nguyen Lopez, of Fayetteville, is a ceramic artist. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in art education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art in ceramics at California State University in Chico. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in studio art, ceramics, at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work throughout the United States. She is a 2019 recipient of a Residency Fellowship Award to Guldagergaard, Officne Saffi, in Milan, Italy; a 2018 Artists 360 grant recipient from the Mid-America Arts Alliance; and a 2017 Greenwich House Pottery Fellowship in New York City.
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  • Greely Myatt, of West Memphis, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Delta State University in Mississippi and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He is a former professor of art at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Myatt has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States.

Dance Choreography

  • Matthew Boyce, of North Little Rock, trained at the Montclair State University in music education and at the New Jersey Tap Ensemble with Deborah Mitchell. He has competed and performed dance since 2000. Boyce’s teaching experience includes tap instructor in New Jersey and in Little Rock and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s dance department. He is an educator at the Arkansas Repertory Theater.
  • Robin Neveu Brown, of North Little Rock, earned a Master of Fine Arts in dance with a focus on performance, research-based choreography, dance writing, collaborative process and teaching. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is a visiting assistant professor of dance at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, where she teaches ballet and modern technique, dance history, choreography, dance science and kinesiology. She also teaches community and site-specific dance.
  • Paiyin Lin-Mros, of Hot Springs, is trained in Chinese traditional dance and Buhto, which is a performance practice that emerged around the middle of the 20th century in Japan. Butoh encompasses a range of techniques in dance, movement and performance. Lin-Mros has served as stage manager, set designer, performer, director and instructor for several theaters, groups and studios. Her experience includes work with That Theater Troupe. She is assistant art director for Wind and Ears Studio in Taiwan.
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Paiyin Lin Mros

Writing of Novels

  • Tyrone Jaeger lives in Conway where he teaches English and creative writing at Hendrix College. He earned a doctorate and a Master of Arts in English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English at Rollins College in Florida. Jaeger’s publications include “Radio Eldorado,” “So Many True Believers” and “The Runaway Note.” His work has been published in journals and magazines that include Toad Suck Review, Exquisite Corpse Annual, The Oxford American, The Literary Review, Descant, Southern Humanities Review and others. 

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  • Monica Clark-Robinson, of Alexander, earned a Master of Fine Arts at Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Missouri State University. Her published works include: “Let the Children March” and “Standing on Her Shoulders.” Clark-Robinson is a former instructor at University of Arkansas Little Rock and the former children’s librarian at Central Arkansas Library System. She is regional advisor for the Arkansas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
  • John Vanderslice, of Conway, teaches in the Department of Film, Theatre and Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He earned a doctorate in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in English at University of Virginia. Vanderslice’s publications include the novel, “The Last Days of Oscar Wilde,” and the short-story collection, “Island Fog.” His short fiction has been published in Prime Number Magazine, South 85 and Red Moonshine. He has published nearly 70 short stories in literary journals and anthologies.

We published a profile of Lopez in Arkansas Times and Arkansas Made last year.

*A previous version of this article quoted the fellowship recipients’ biographies directly from a press release from the Arkansas Arts Council. Those biographies were found to be outdated, and we have updated them here to reflect recipients’ current biographies, as listed here.