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"Grant Recipient Winners Specialize in Photography, Painting, Ceramics and Glass "
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iTheo.com
San Francisco, CA, USA United States of America

iTheo.com, the first online marketplace to address the needs of visual artists, today announced the first recipients of the iTheo.com Artists Grant Program. The company has awarded $12,000 in cash grants to four artists demonstrating merit in the categories of photography, painting, ceramics and glass.

Grants have been awarded to: Heather de Koning, photography; Brian Murphy, painting; Kosmas Ballis, ceramics; and Carrie Mood, glass. The new grants, the first of iTheoís ongoing grant program, are designed to promote and encourage independent and emerging artists to pursue their creative endeavors. The grant recipients were selected for their excellence in their respective media, creativity and originality. In addition, each artist will be featured on iTheo.comís home page.

The grant program is great news for artists, said Heather de Koning, an iTheo-featured photographer and grant recipient. The art community is abuzz about iTheo.com; itís rare to find a company that fully supports artists and their work.

Grantees were chosen through open competition administered by iTheoís Artists Grant Program, which featured a renowned panel of outside jurors specializing in each media. The panel included art professionals: Rick Wester, senior vice president and international department head of photographs for Christieís; Eugenie Tsai, associate director for Curatorial Affairs at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Kurt Weiser, professor of ceramics at Arizona State University; and Pamina Traylor, professor and acting chair of the glass program at the California College of Arts and Crafts.

I am delighted that iTheo is assuming the leadership role in supporting the growth of up-and-coming artists, said Rick Wester of Christieís. Offering cash grants is a great way to provide the support and encouragement that is critical for their success.

As the only online service provider for artists, iTheo is committed to providing the tools and services artists need to manage and advance their careers and businesses, said Akash Agarwal, iTheo.com president and CEO. We think itís important to enable artists to focus on their work and now weíve made it even better by adding cash-based incentives.

iTheo.com enjoyed an overwhelming response with over a thousand applications and plans to continue the grant program as an ongoing service to artists. To obtain more information about becoming an iTheo artist and explore its dynamic new art marketplace, visit online at http://www.iTheo.com. iTheo expects to announce its next grant opportunity in the second quarter 2000.


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