SOM and TDPS Faculty Members Awarded Maryland State Arts Council Grants

Robert DiLutis, Sharon Mansur and Linda Mabbs

Robert DiLutis photo courtesy of UMD School of Music; Sharon Mansur and Linda Mabbs photos by Mike Ciesielski

​Robert DiLutis and Linda Mabbs from the School of Music and Sharon Mansur of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies were recently selected by the Maryland State Arts Council to be recipients of a 2014 Individual Artist Award (IIA).

These University of Maryland faculty members were selected by MSAC for creating works of exceptional quality in a range of artistic disciplines. The grants range in value from $1,000 to $3,000.

Each year, IIA awards up to $6,000 to artists from across Maryland selected by a blind, out-of-state jury on the basis of artistic merit alone. With the Mid Atlantic Arts foundation, the IAA committee reviews about 400 applicants in 18 artistic disciplines.

Robert DiLutis is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the UMD School of Music. DeLutis plans to use his grant funds to curate a new concert series with the Riverdale Arts Council that will feature SOM students and alumni.

Linda Mabbs, named a distinguished scholar/teacher by the University of Maryland in 2000, has taught master classes internationally. Her application included recording from the Art of Argento Festival.

As a dance artist and educator, Sharon Mansur’s focus is on improvisation, site-specific performance installations and the work of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Her IAA application included solos from cimmerian light (2011), Underneath (2011) and residue (2012), which she choreographed and performed.