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Alumni Dominic Lippillo Among Nine Artists Awarded State Fellowships, Competing for Southern Prize

Alumni Dominic Lippillo Among Nine Artists Awarded State Fellowships, Competing for Southern Prize

Feb 22, 2018

A 2017 image, "Car Lot," from the series, "Stories We Tell Ourselves," by Dominic Lippillo. 


South Arts, the organization advancing Southern vitality through the arts, has named nine visual artists from the South to receive State Fellowship awards of $5,000 each. These nine artists are now in consideration for the Southern Prize, which includes an additional $25,000 cash award and a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. The winner of the Southern Prize and a $10,000 Finalist award will be announced at a ceremony celebrating the State Fellows on April 16 in New Orleans.

Ohio University College of Fine Arts alumnus Dominic Lippillo (M.F.A. 2009), of Starkville, MS, has been awarded one of nine state fellowships, for his work in photography. The other 2018 State Fellowship award recipients are: Amy Pleasant (Birmingham, AL), Anastasia Samoylova (Miami Beach, FL), Paul Stephen Benjamin (Scottdale, GA), Garrett Hansen (Lexington, KY), Jeremiah Ariaz, Baton (Rouge, LA), Meg Stein (Durham, NC), Kate Hooray Osmond (Charleston, SC), and Vesna Pavlović (Nashville, TN).

Now in their second year, the South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships celebrate and support the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. Nearly 700 visual artists submitted work for consideration, and a panel of jurors reviewed each application with the sole criterion of artistic excellence to determine the nine State Fellows. A second panel of jurors is currently reviewing the State Fellows to determine the Southern Prize awardee and the Finalist.

“We are very proud to support Southern artists,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “These State Fellows reflect the richly diverse arts and culture of our region, and each offers a distinct viewpoint with their work and background. The Southern Prize and State Fellowships are an important vehicle for artistic and professional growth of artists in the South.”

The State Fellowship juror panel included Ade Omotosho with the Pérez Art Museum Miami; Jan Davidson, former director of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC; Mark Scala, chief curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville; and Scott Stulen, director and president of Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK.

Visual artists living in South Arts’ nine-state region and producing crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary work were eligible to apply. The awards will be presented to the artists as unrestricted funds.

To view the 2018 State Fellows’ submissions and learn more about the competition, visit

About South Arts

South Arts advance Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit

About Dominic Lippillo

Dominic Lippillo (M.F.A. '09)

Dominic Lippillo's solo and collaborative work addresses ideas pertaining to memory, space and place, and vernacular photographic images. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Photographic Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and the University of North Dakota. His work has been published in the journal Exposure and in the supplement of images accompanying Bruce Warren’s textbook Photography: The Concise Guide (2nd Edition March 2011). In 2013 he received a Mississippi State University Faculty Research Award and in 2016 he was a recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship. He earned his MFA in Photography from Ohio University in 2009 and a BFA in Photography from Youngstown State University in 2005. Lippillo is an Associate Professor of Art at Mississippi State University.

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