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Carl R. Butler Individual Artist Awards

The Frederick Arts Council annually awards grants to talented individual artists in memory of beloved local artist Carl Butler, who passed away in 2018. In keeping with Carl’s generous spirit, the purpose of these grants is to honor, support, and strengthen individual artists living and working in the Frederick area.

The grants are awarded in three artistic categories which rotate from year to year; the categories for the grant program’s inaugural year were Visual Art, Music, and Literary Art. Three selected award winners were each granted $2,000, with a fourth winner in the Visual Art category awarded an artist residency with the La Napoule Art Foundation in the south of France.

The awards are judged by a panel of artists who have achieved in each respective field. In 2019, the awards were judged by artist Victoria Mangianello (a Forbes 2019 30 Under 30 Artist), musician Sally Taylor (daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon), and published poet Luther Jett.

We are grateful for the opportunity to offer support and recognition to Frederick’s amazing community of individual artists; for 2020 application info, please return to this page in May.


Visual Art
Karin Birch

Mehkare Merson

Literary Art
Roderick Deacey

La Napoule Art Foundation Residency (Visual Art)
William Cochran