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Fredonia art grad gets grant for French residency

Submitted Photo Cecilia Ivy Price is pictured with macabre works.

SUNY Fredonia alumna and artist Cecilia Ivy Price has received a grant of 1500 Euros to paint and study during a one month residency at the Chateau D’Orquevaux in the French region of Champagne-Ardenne in January. Due to the personal expense required, she may not be able to attend the residency, but has a GoFundMe page to help.

During her residency, she will be asked to fully immerse herself in the lifestyle of the French countryside and to contribute one work to the chateau’s art collection. If successful in raising funds for the residency, it will be her second at an international venue, the first being in Italy in 2015 after winning the Rosa Parks Award from SUNY Fredonia.

The beautiful yet macabre works of the Lockport NY native, often featuring gothic and figurative elements, have been exhibited in solo shows locally, on the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail, and in the Cleveland area. Her paintings grace several book covers of the sci-fi and fantasy writer Jesse Pohlman. She graduated with honors from Fredonia in 2015, where she was a teaching assistant in drawing and painting for Professor Alberto Rey. She later served on the board for the North Shore Arts Alliance, was an art facilitator for Aspire of Western New York, Inc., was a private teacher for the NYS Migrant Education Program, and she taught painting at Case Western Reserve University.

Price has raised more than two-thirds of the required expenses to achieve the residency in France, and GoFundMe is accepting donations for the remaining $1,500. A search for Cecilia Ivy Price at gofundme.com will take visitors to the site.

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