“…absolutely affected my ability to pursue my art,” Sophie Till “This was something I had been dreaming of, but had not been able to accomplish,” James J. Peck “Winning allowed me to fulfill my dreams to live as a successful musician,” Jill Van Norstrand “…to complete an ambitious body of work,” Pamela Parsons “This experience precipitated my career as a professional visual artist.” William Chickillo “…the foundation for my current work,” Karl Neuroth “…a confirmation of much hard work” David Price “a born opera composer,” Richard Wargo “ I’ve become a better and better pianist and a deeper artist.” Barry Hannigan “…allowed me to expand the parameters of my work,” Shelly Thorsenson