Doniphan, MO artist receives Foundation grant

Doniphan, MO based artist Rosemary Claus-Gray received a grant for $2500 from the 2008 Ripley Butler Clay Fund Grant for the Arts. The 2008 Ripley Butler Clay Fund Grant for the Arts is designed to advance a visual artist residing in either Ripley or Butler County, Missouri, or in Clay County, Arkansas that displays exceptional aesthetic investigation in either two or three-dimensional artwork. The Ripley Butler Clay Fund is a component fund held jointly by the Butler County and Ripley County Community Foundations.

Ms. Claus-Gray is a mixed media artist who uses fabrics, acrylic paint, mesh, hand-made paper, screen-printing, and threads to create abstract compositions. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the Ozarks, the United States and internationally. The funds provided through the Ripley Butler Clay Fund Grant for the Arts will be used my Ms. Claus-Gray for supplies, entry fees and travel as she explores the themes of her work in a large format. She plans to have finished this work in 2009 with regional displays to follow.

Arts and cultural opportunities promote education, economic development and an overall sense of pride in our towns, cities and counties. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its 40 regional affiliate foundations are committed supporting the arts as part of our mission to improve and sustain the quality of life in our Ozarks communities.

For more information about Ms. Claus-Gray and to view samples of her work, visit her website.

Pictured above: On Fire, 2008, painted silk organza and polyester