Mossotti, Ward-Brown win Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellowships


Denise Ward-Brown, associate professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and poet Travis Mossotti, a grant analyst in the university’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, are among 10 recipients of the Regional Arts Commission’s 2015 Artist Fellowships.

The annual $20,000 awards, which were launched in 2013, are among the few multidisciplinary fellowships of their kind in the United States. For more information about the fellowships, visit


Also receiving fellowships this year are Jeffery Noonan, teacher of applied music in guitar and lute in the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences; choreographer Dawn Karlovsky, adjunct instructor in the Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences; and choreographer Diádié Bathily, who contributed work to the PAD’s 2015 Washington University Dance Theatre concert.

Ward-Brown is an internationally exhibited sculptor and filmmaker who frequently explores African and African-American themes and history. Her recent projects include the documentary “Jim Crow to Barack Obama,” which features intergenerational conversations between African-Americans who grew up in the Jim Crow era and those under age 30.

Mossotti is the author most recently of “Field Study” (2014), which reflects his work over the last decade — alongside his wife, a carnivore biologist — with data collection, animal captures/releases and lab research for endangered species recovery efforts across North America.