February 12, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Paula Closson Buck, assistant professor of English at Bucknell University, and Dan Mills, curator of the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell, have been named recipients of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships.

Closson Buck and Mills are two of only 74 in the Commonwealth to receive Individual Creative Artists Fellowships recognizing their artistic excellence in the fields of literature (poetry) and visual arts (painting) respectively.

Closson Buck, who teaches creative writing at Bucknell, also is the editor of West Branch, a biannual journal of contemporary writing published at the university. She is the author of two books of poems, The Acquiescent Villa and Litanies Near Water as well as poems in such journals as Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, and Shenandoah. She recently completed a first novel, Drinking with Ptolemy.

Mills, who was appointed director of the Samek Art Gallery in 2001, has curated numerous exhibitions that have traveled throughout the United States, including "Agnes Denes: Projects for Public Spaces" and "Lewis deSoto: Paranirvana (self-portrait)." His work is in the collections of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the University of Tennessee. Mills' work has been featured in group shows in China, Greece, The Netherlands, and throughout the U.S., including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Everson Museum of Art. Most recently he had a solo exhibit at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. An exhibition of his paintings, "Empire," is at Millersville University's Ganser Gallery through Feb. 29.

Enriching the Commonwealth
"As creators and entrepreneurs, these artists help Pennsylvania’s creative economy flourish, which in turn enriches the Commonwealth's economy and our quality of life," said Council Executive Director Philip Horn.

The goal of the PCA's individual creative artists division is to encourage and enable outstanding Pennsylvania artists of all backgrounds to perform their work and display it to the public. The council annually awards fellowships of $5,000 and $10,000.

Recipients are recommended after a rigorous evaluation process where qualified arts professionals review applicants' work samples and support materials. The review process is anonymous, with the exception of the folk and traditional arts applications.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a state agency that works to develop and promote the continued excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, as well as to broaden the availability and appreciation of arts throughout the state. For more information, visit www.pacouncilonthearts.org, or call 717-787-6883.

Contact: Office of CommunicationsPosted Feb. 12, 2008

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