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Nominations sought for 2016 Griffin Award

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Foundation Seeks to Recognize Local Artist Overcoming Adversity

The Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the G. Scott Griffin Award. The award, which features a cash prize, will be given to a local artist, who has overcome adversity to make a contribution to the community in the execution of his or her art. The deadline for entries is Monday, July 11, 2016, by 5 p.m. Application and guidelines can be found on The Community Foundation’s website, www.cfnla.org/scottgriffinaward.

The award is named in honor of G. Scott Griffin, who was a multi-disciplinary, multi-media artist with accomplishments in musical composition, multi-instrumental performance, photography, videography, digital enhancement of art and cinematography. Because of these achievements, few people recognized that Griffin had to overcome adversity in the performance of his art. From his childhood, Griffin coped with a visual handicap, congenital nystagmus, which would have been reason for most talented artists to cease performing. Rather than giving up his artistic dreams, Griffin invited his audiences to join him on a journey of discovery and beauty that was possible through the lens of his camera and his varied canvases. His legendary music enchanted listeners because he played from the heart and not by sight.

Griffin died of complications related to cancer on October 7, 2007 at the age of 45. The G. Scott Griffin Award was created to keep his memory alive and to honor those artists who approach their art and life with the same passion and persistence as Griffin.

The 2015 award winner was Aaron Cox, a classical musician and visual artist. He began playing the French horn at a young age and eventually went on to the San Francisco Conservatory and to the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Simultaneously, Cox began to develop interest in graphic design and printing techniques. He screen prints his own designs and is interested in shapes and figures, both geometric and freeform. In 2005, Cox was diagnosed with end-stage Glaucoma. He is now legally blind, but continues to play pieces by memory on the French horn. Even though his eye-sight has been reduced, Cox believes this simply enhances his style of work.

Other past recipients include: Bertha Cooper Harris, Angelique Feaster-Evans, Poetic X, Carlos Colón, Buddy Flett and Bobby Darrow.