New Works Grantee Presentation 2019 – UPDATED
By: Lauren Bays
Media / May 3, 2019

New Works Grantee Presentation 2019 – UPDATED

New Works Grantee Presentation 2019

*Thank you to everyone who attended the presentation!*

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, in collaboration with the University of Arizona Art Museum, hosted the New Works Grantee Presentation 2019 on May 2, 2019. The presentation was an evening for the community to discover and celebrate works-in-progress from the three 2018/2019 grantees. Each artist presented their work and thoughts on their creative process over the last year of project development.

All three projects — focusing on visual arts, film/video/moving image, and literature — were made possible by the funding and support of the New Works Artist Project Grant. This grant, provided by the Arts Foundation, supports the depth and breadth of innovative new artwork created and produced in the City of Tucson and Pima County and supports individual artists’ projects that meet the highest standards of excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines. Creation activities include the development and production of new art work and take an original and imaginative approach to content and form.

2018/2019 New Works Grantees | Xinyu Zhang, Torran Anderson, and Mele Martinez

The 2018/2019 New Works Grantees are:

  • Xinyu Zhang | A mixed media artist whose work, Wander Around, combines traditional and digital art-making techniques and explores the role of humans in an increasingly technological world.
  • Torran Anderson | A community artist whose work, Tiny Things, addresses the small details in Tucson that we all notice and love.
  • Mele Martinez | A writer/performance artist whose work, The Molino, tells the story of her family and their tamal /tortilla factory in downtown Tucson in the form of a book-length manuscript.

The presentation coincided with the opening of grantee Xinyu Zhang’s exhibit Wander Around at the University of Arizona Art Museum.

Xinyu’s exhibit is the subject of a piece by Arizona Public Media‘s Andrew Brown. Watch the piece below to learn more about her creative process:

The exhibit will be open from April 20 – June 16, 2019.


Recently, there was also an article about grantee Mele Martinez by the Arizona Daily Star. Titled, “Neto’s Tucson: Great-granddaughter retells the family’s story of El Rapido“, it is an in-depth look at her project and the work that has gone into writing her family’s story.

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