John Huneycutt of Stanly County Receives NC Artist Fellowship Award

Raleigh, N.C. (October 12, 2016) — John Huneycutt of Oakboro in Stanly County has received a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Award in the category of visual art.

Huneycutt is among 17 artists from across the state to receive the 2016 – 2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline.

The N.C. Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship program operates on a two-year rotating cycle by discipline. Songwriters, Composers, and Writers are eligible to apply for the Tuesday, November 1, 2016 deadline.

About John Huneycutt (Visual art)

“My wet-plate photography inspiration was a Michelangelo sketch of the Virgin and Child… Wet-plate shares this ethereal quality, in the simultaneous presence of detail and ambiguity that makes a tintype a representation of what a dream or memory may feel like,” he said.

Huneycutt’s prints share the haunting sense of a past time, something irrevocably lost but preserved miraculously in an image, teasing the viewer with forgotten or half-remembered narratives. 

He has had success as a commercial photographer, but he found himself wanting more than works-for-hire could provide both in terms of process and subject matter. The challenges and potential he found in wet-plate lay “in the necessity to be artist and technician, giving equality to composition and craftsmanship,” he says. But perhaps the most exciting quality of the medium he discovered was the element of chance: “Despite my best technique, unpredictable, fortuitous idiosyncrasies can appear in wet plate’s unscripted nature.”

This vagary in the process has given Huneycutt an openness to imperfection and showed him the gateway to a new aesthetic for his work.

Huneycutt has won the Director’s Choice Award at OPEN: 2015 International Photography Exhibition at Amblewood Gallery in Georgia and Best of Show at the Charlotte Fine Art Gallery’s juried annual exhibition, Wildlife: The Beauty, the Beast. He received a B.F.A. from Wingate University. For more information about his work visit www.johnhuneycuttfineart.com

To learn more about the North Carolina Arts Council and the Artist Fellowship program visit www.ncarts.org/grants/grants-artists/artist-fellowships.

About The North Carolina Arts Council

North Carolina has long been recognized for rich traditions in crafts, literature, historical drama, and music. Since 1964, the N.C. Arts Council has worked to strengthen North Carolina’s creativity, invention, and prosperity through its four core functions: creating a strong and efficient arts infrastructure across North Carolina; planning and implementing economic development initiatives; educating our young people; and researching the impact of the arts on our state. NCArts.org

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.