Fellowship recipients also are asked to have a public exhibit or performance during the coming year to showcase their work.
"I am brainstorming now on the creative programming that I will offer for the fellowship, and will make an announcement on a concert in July," Gao said. "I came to UD to teach, and the future is in the hands of the Blue Hens."
Brinley was commissioned last year by the Washington Post to paint eight larger-than-life historical figures whose names have become adjectives, including Queen Victoria, Sigmund Freud and Niccolò Machiavelli.
"The Delaware Division of the Arts has a long established reputation, and I'm thrilled to be included in such great company," Brinley said. "The fellowship will allow me to pursue much more of the experimental personal oil painting work that I have been planning for some time to broaden my approach to image making."
Brinley said he hopes to have an exhibit in the gallery of the Carvel State Office Building gallery in Wilmington in November.
Arts professionals from around the country judged the work of 99 applicants for the IAF grants that provide artists with the affirmation, recognition and exposure needed to successfully promote their work.
"I didn't realize that there were so many applicants, and that they only 16 award winners," Gythfeldt said. "It feels great to receive an 'established professional' fellowship, and I am honored to be one of those selected for this distinction."
As a clarinetist performing classical music, Gythfeldt hopes that performing electro acoustic (clarinet and live electronics) before children in schools across the state will raise awareness about the field of electronic music.
"So little classical music comes into the school environment, and certainly not the cutting-edge or avant-garde," Gythfeldt said. "I have found that children of all ages respond very positively to new sounds, and this is a great way to open minds and ears."