The 2020-2021 Fellowship recently concluded and as a result we checked in with the fellows to learn more about their experience over the last year. Fredy Huaman Mallqui, who was awarded the Established Artist Fellowship, believes that this fellowship opportunity has been instrumental in supporting the development and consolidation of his three professional realms: classical wood carving, large-scale sculptural creations and teaching wood carving.
“The fellowship has added credibility to my resume. With the unfaltering backing of Erie Arts & Culture, I have broadened my professional network with regard to teaching wood carving at nationally-recognized art and woodworking schools. Through these experiences in Maine and Colorado, I am now collaborating with new colleagues in many facets, both through teaching and in creating art,” states Fredy in a recent interview.
He shared that the fellowship offered the social support necessary to continue developing an ambitious project titled PUCHKA – a series of medium and large-scale wooden sculptures. Fredy further claimed that “The fellowship has economically enabled me to acquire material, such as wood and specialized carving tools, that will further support creating pieces on a monumental scale.”
Currently, Fredy is engaged in a multi-year, public art project in Pittsburgh, PA that includes carving a major series of sculptures. This work will help him surpass his current achievements by creating works that will be seen and touched by thousands of people every day.