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Alum Graves receives Artist Fellowship Award from Tennessee Arts Commission

January 16, 2017

UW-Madison alumnus Travis Graves recently received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Johnson City Press reports.

Graves earned his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from The School of Education’s Art Department in 2003. Today he is an associate professor of sculpture with East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) Department of Art and Design.

Travis Graves
The Tennessee Arts Commission awards these fellowships annually to professional artists who have shown exceptional talent working in their chosen disciplines.  The Individual Artist Fellowships (IAF) provide monetary awards of $5,000 to outstanding artists who engage in a particular art form or discipline and live and work in Tennessee.

Graves, the newspaper explains, received an IAF in the Visual Arts category.

“It’s nice to get patted on the back and recognized for what you do,” Graves says of his honor. “I take myself and my work very seriously; I take my career very seriously as an artist. I try to meet the highest standards in my artwork and my teaching, and to get recognized for that at the highest levels of your institution and the state, it makes me realize I’m doing the right things. It’s worth the sacrifices to make these things happen, and I get a lot of gratification from that.”

To learn more about Graves and his artwork, visit