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James Nottage

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.

The experience allowed James to purchase computer equipment and to pay for research and travel expenses to the National Archives, Library of Congress, and Smithsonian Institution. He also traveled and researched in Ohio, Colorado, Wyoming, and at other libraries along the Oregon Trail. James’ purpose was to complete research on a history of the 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, 1862-1866 and its history in the West during the Civil War. As a result of the fellowship, James has a new drive to

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About My Work:

“The program has allowed me to break out of some old ruts, to be more creatively productive at work and to become contented in my ability to be a constructive social commentator and historian.” – Nottage


Affiliations & Awards:
Vice President and Chief Curatorial Officer for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; Founding Chief Curator, Autry Museum of Western Heritage



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