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Florissant Valley Alum to Participate in Artists in the Marketplace Program

March 11, 2015

Huddle Up Ladies  
"Huddle up Ladies" by Michael Shultis

Michael Shultis, a 2008 graduate of St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, has been selected to participate in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program.

Now in its 34th year, the AIM program provides professional development opportunities to emerging artists who reside in the New York metropolitan area.

The program consists of a 13-week seminar that addresses practical concerns, and cultivates networking opportunities. Every two years, AIM introduces the work of 72 artists to a greater audience via exhibition and catalogue. Participating artists are encouraged to build their networks through the program's collaborative structure.

Shultis is also a finalist for FLOW.14 in New York. Ten artists will be selected to create installations for the Randall Island Park using a $10,000 stipend.

FLOW is aimed at fostering appreciation of the shoreline through artistic expression, while calling visitors to interact with and care for the park’s island environment. Each year, FLOW features site specific projects by participants in the AIM program for emerging artists.

Shultis has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the Henry Schiedt Memorial Travel Scholarship (2012), the Edna Pennypacker Stauffer Memorial Prize (2012), the Lambert and Emma Wallace Cadwalader Prize (2011), the Robert A. Ricker Memorial Prize (2011), the Susan Carlen Brown Memorial Prize (2011), the Janet Fleisher Prize (2011), the Marcia Lampert Prize (2011), the Benjamin Lanard Memorial Award (2011), the Thouron Prize (2011), the Conrad J. Linke Memorial Scholarship (2011) and the Hannah Shickley Memorial Scholarship (2010).

After graduating from STLCC, Shultis earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2012. He also participated in the Ox-Bow SAIC Summer Program in 2009. He continues to maintain a studio in New York City, and works at David Zwirner Gallery.