Allena Marie Brazier, the Arts and Education Council’s fall 2018 Katherine Dunham Fellow, won national honors from the International Sculpture Center this year. International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award was founded in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture.

Her work will be featured in the January/February 2022 issue of the International Sculpture Center's publication, Sculpture magazine, as well as on their website here. Additionally, Brazier’s piece “Passionate Desires” has been on view at The Valade Family Gallery in Detroit, Michigan and will exhibition will close on Nov. 12.

Brazier was sponsored by Thad Duhigg at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she earned her bachelor’s degree last spring. Students may not apply for this recognition themselves and must be nominated by a faculty member. Bazier is among the group of just 11 award recipients and six honorable mentions selected from a pool of 234 nominees representing 100 schools.

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Allena Marie Brazier was selected as the 2018 fall Katherine Dunham Fellow. The Katherine Dunham Fellowship was created by and is funded by Jack and Sara Burke, an Arts and Education Council board member. The program is named in honor of legendary dancer, choreographer, educator and social activist, Katherine Dunham. Considered one of the most successful dancers of the 20th century, Dunham founded the Performing Arts Training Center (PATC) at the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville East St. Louis Center Dunham taught dance, along with foreign language, cultural history and anthropology at the PATC. Brazier herself is an East St. Louis native.

Brazier also created a sculpture honoring dancer, choreographer and activist Katherine Dunham in 2019 that was displayed through the Sculpture on Campus program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Learn more about the sculpture here.

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