Posting Date: June 7, 2012

Kennesaw State receives NEA Art Works grant

Grant will support multi-media installation in foyer of Visual Arts Building

By Shira Zobrist

Matt Haffner

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman recently announced that Kennesaw State is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. KSU is recommended for a $15,000 grant to install a multi-media display by Assistant Professor of Art Matt Haffner in the foyer of the KSU Visual Arts Building.


The multi-media installation will include flat images attached to the glass walls of the lobby that overlap and combine with digital projections. The installation will be visible from both the inside and outside of the Visual Arts Building. The opening in October will coincide with the city-wide programming of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.


The NEA grant was written by Teresa Bramlette Reeves, director of the KSU art museum, with the assistance of museum staff members Kirstie Tepper and Mary-Elizabeth Watson. Reeves, who was very new to her position at KSU when the possibility of pursuing the NEA Art Works grant became known, notes that "Matt generously and enthusiastically responded to our last-minute requests for information to meet the tight deadline. We are thrilled that we got the grant and will be able to realize his terrific project."


Haffner explains, "It is a very prestigious award and it means a lot to me as an artist to receive recognition from such a well-established organization as the NEA."


The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at



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