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NOTES AND QUERIES PRESIDENT MCALEESE PRESENTS IACI ANNUAL AWARDS AT DUBLIN CASTLE The Irish American Cultural Institute’s (IACI) 33rd annual awards ceremony was held at Dublin Castle on October 28, 1998. Her Excellency, Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and Patron of the Institute, presented the awards. The IACI distributed four awards and two grants, totaling $22,500, to this year’s recipients. The $5,000 Butler Literary Award for Poetry was presented to Paula Meehan, who has produced five volumes of poetry since 1984. Her most recent volume, Mysteries of the Home, made its debut earlier this year. The $5,000 Butler Literary Award for Prose was presented to Dublinborn Colum McCann, author of the short story collection, Fishing the SloeBlack River, and the novels Songdogs and This Side of Brightness. McCann has been awarded a number of literary prizes, including the Hennessey Award for Irish Writing, the Rooney Award for Irish Literature, and a Pushcart Prize in the United States. The $5,000 IACI/O’Malley Art Award was presented to Camille Souter, a self-taught artist whose first exhibition was held in 1956. Since then, she has continued to exhibit around Ireland and abroad. Some of Souter’s work is currently on display at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin and is included in the permanent collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The $5,000 Heritage Award was awarded to Kylemore Abbey, County Galway. The IACI, Heritage Council of Ireland, and the Irish Tourist Board contributed to this award. Kylemore Abbey, set in the heart of the Connemara mountains, has been the home of the Benedictine Nuns since 1920. Built in 1868, Kylemore Abbey is one of the greatest neo-Gothic castles of this period remaining in Ireland today. The Abbey also houses a craft shop, restaurant, and pottery studio where local craftspeople work. The facilities have become an important source of employment for residents in the surrounding area. NOTES AND QUERIES 269 The $1,000 Muriel Gahan–RDS Crafts Grant Award was given to the Royal Dublin Society to fund a stipend for the winner of an annual competition open to Irish crafts workers and designers. The award is presented in memory of Dr. Muriel Gahan. The $1,000 Bernard Croke Memorial Award—in memory of Bernard Croke, founder of the IACI Philadelphia chapter—was presented to Na Píobaraí Uilleann (NPU) to provide assistance to promising young musicians . Each year, NPU selects talented candidates to participate in the Willie Clancy Traditional Music Summer School. President McAleese praised the Institute for “its continued fine work over the years,” and stated that she was “impressed by the achievements and enthusiasm of the award recipients.” TWO ARTISTS SELECTED FOR P.S. 1 IRISH ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM Two Irish artists, Shane Cullen and Ciara Finnegan, were selected as the 1998–1999 recipients of one year of expense-free study in New York City. The award includes round-trip airfare, an apartment, working studio, and monthly stipend. Annually, the Arts Councils of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland nominate artists for consideration. A panel comprising seven artists—from the Contemporary Arts International Studio Program—selects one artist from each council to receive the award. In administering the P.S. 1 Program, the IACI assists the Institute of Contemporary Arts and both governments in facilitating the needs and requirements of selected artists. THREE EXHIBITIONS OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY IRISH VISUAL ART WILL BE VISITING NORTH AMERICAN MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES IN 1999: From the Poetic to the Political: A Reading of Irish Art of the 1990s—curated by Declan McGonagle, Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)—consists of works by artists in IMMA’s permanent collection. The exhibition will open its North American tour on October 3, 1999, at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, where it will run until December 12, 1999. The exhibition will move to, among other sites, the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Nova Scotia, Canada, where it will run from May 5 to June 30, 2000. When Time Began to Rant and Rave: Figurative Painting from TwentiethCentury Ireland, curated by James Steward, opened on October 16, 1998...


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