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Judy Gailen Wins Individual Artist Fellowship Award

Story posted July 01, 2003

Judy Gailen, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theater and Dance, is one of seven Maine artists to receive a 2003 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Maine Arts Commission. Gailen, who designs sets and costumes for theater and opera productions across the U.S., received an award in the area of Set Design.

Initiated in 1988, the Individual Artist Fellowship Awards are supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is -- along with the Traditional Artist Apprenticeship Program -- the avenue through which the Maine Arts Commission gives dollar support directly to artists.

One hundred six applicants from the fields of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, children's writing, the performing arts, and scenic design made submissions this year. Six jurors from out of state chose the seven artists to receive awards.

A statement from the Maine Arts Commission said, "The artists being awarded today exemplify the highest standard of artistic excellence in their field and it is an honor to have them residing and working in the state of Maine, enriching our cultural base and feeding Maine's creative economy."

The Maine Arts Commission will hold an event to honor the award recipients at 7 p.m., Friday, July 18, at SPACE, 538 Congress St., Portland. The event is free and open to the public.

Other award recipients were Chris Barry of Portland, fiction; Tim Harbeson, Portland, music composition; Elizabeth Neary Scholl, Portland, poetry; Colin Sargent, Portland, poetry; Amity Stoddard, Hulls Cove, fiction; and Elizabeth Tibbetts, Camden, poetry.

Judy Gailen teaches set design at Bowdoin, and created the sets for the campus productions of Lanford Wilson's Book of Days, Durrenmatt's The Visit, and Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters (all directed by Davis Robinson).

Most recently she designed sets for The Drawer Boy at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, True West at Portland Stage Company (for whom she frequently designs), Macbeth and The Scarlet Letter at Shakespeare & Company, Alice for Emerson Stage, Crumbs from the Table of Joy at the new Triad Stage, and Arms and the Man at Long Wharf Theatre. Her many other credits include productions for Anchorage Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Omaha, StageWest, Connecticut Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Yale Repertory Theatre.

Gailen earned the Yale School of Drama CDR (MFA equiv.) in 1989. She has also studied at The American Academy of Art, Boston Museum School, and Syracuse University School of Art. She is a recipient of a Micunis/Kobrin Design Scholarship, and also has 20 years of professional graphic design and illustration experience.

Visit Gailen's Web site at

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