MY ART STORY by

Wendy H. Outland

Asheville
North Carolina

My first real awareness of the NEA was in the '80s. Fresh out of college, I began my career as an arts administrator, working first at an art museum, and then for a state arts council. Both relied on NEA grants. Working directly with artists, I began to appreciate how the grants program had affected their lives. It was clear that having an NEA grant listed on your resume opened doors and offered opportunities. Today, in my role as an art consultant for artists and arts organizations, the NEA often comes up in conversation. Though the fellowship program for individual visual artists no longer exists, artists continue to benefit from the programs that are made possible in their communities by the NEA.

Wendy H. Outland
Asheville, NC