Carl Knickerbocker was recently awarded a $5000 grant from the Florida Individual Artists Fellowship.
He was among 39 other practicing professional Florida artists to receive a grant in this sum, according to a
news release from the Florida Department of State. The release said the Fellowship Program provides support
for artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. Applications to this highly competitive program
are reviewed in a rigorous professional context and there were 559 applicants for 1995-1996 awards.
Knickerbocker was the only artist in the Seminole and Orange County area to receive a grant.
Others were offered only honorable mention.
An insert from "New American Paintings" cited, "His paintings tackle the sociopolitical environment of contemporary America,
and they explore that cultural landscape with a healthy dose of sardonic with and playful sarcasm.
Subjects range from television and technology to feminism to religion to war.
Even Florida's idiosyncratic culture is fair game."
Knickerbocker says, " I am self-taught artist. I started drawing circa 1984 - painting a few year later.
My artistic direction is the result of a revelation / vision during the summer of '91.
My style could be described as "naive pop". The predominate theme is American Sociopolitical Culture.
Topics include: the role of television and technology, feminism, religion, war, etc..
Active in gallery and coffeehouse exhibits in the Orlando Metro area.
BA. History & Sociology at University of Central Florida".
"America is the only society which went from barbarism to decay without benefit of the middle stage of civilization." - Unknown
"Art is supposed to show us how to live, and artists are supposed to show us how not to ." - Time
"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!" - A Hollywood Expression
Americans are in pursuit of the new." - Richard Crepeau
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