The North Dakota Council on the Arts has awarded Individual Artist Fellowships to Grand Forks artists, Camilla Morrison and Hamzat Koriko, both theater professionals.
Morrison, a costume designer, draper and artist who teaches costume design at UND, was awarded $3,500 for costume development and installations.
Koriko, a multidisciplinary art professional and artistic director of the African Arts Arena, received a $2,500 fellowship for theater production development.
Also, Shalini Agarwal, of Fargo, was awarded a $1,000 fellowship for North Dakota dance workshops in the traditional Indian style.
These artists were recommended by a review panel whose selections were recently approved by the NDCA Board of Directors.
The Individual Artist Fellowship Program is designed to support professional North Dakota artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities by helping them generate greater visibility among and exposure to potential audiences.
Morrison, who designs costumes for theatrical productions at UND, has worked in the Washington, D.C., area as a freelance costume designer, stage manager, teaching artist and arts administrator.
She was named an Emerging Artist in 2019 USITT Exhibited Artists in the Prague Quadrennial, where her work, “Nightmares Are Dreams, Too,” was exhibited. USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, based in Syracuse, N.Y., is an association for performing artists and entertainment professionals.
In addition to the UND Department of Theatre Arts, Morrison has worked with the Empire Theatre Company, Theatre B, Black Hills Playhouse, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Serenbe Playhouse and the North Dakota Shakespeare company.
Koriko, who has worked with theater institutions in West Africa, France, Italy and the United States, uses performing and visual arts to engage communities on the challenges and opportunities of immigration.
He was a featured author at the UND Writers Conference in 2011. His translation of “Quand L’oiseau S’envole (when the bird takes flight)" was invited to the Kennedy Center in 2010.
In Grand Forks, Koriko has been engaging the community on issues of immigration and new American integration with his project, “The New American in Your Backyard.” He shares his passion and artistic expertise with the youth with the help of NDCA’s Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.
Fellowships for Visual Art and Media Arts artists will be awarded in 2021. For more information on NDCA grant programs, go to https://www.arts.nd.gov/grants.