Caldwell County Artist Awarded Grant

LENOIR — The Caldwell Arts Council is proud to announce that woodworker Matthew Pope of Lenoir was recently awarded a 2019-2020 Regional Artist Project Grant. The monies will be used to replace outdated equipment that will increase the quality of his work and accommodate a growing retail base.

Pope creates hand crafted wall pieces, ornaments, magnets and cutting boards. Using over 45 different species of wood, the majority of his work is an art form called intarsia, where natural wood colors are used to create a mosaic like pattern with a 3-dimensional illusion. His work is sold throughout the region as well as out of state.

These highly competitive grants are issued to artists who have demonstrated excellence in their fields, and for projects that will take the artist to the next professional level. Sponsored by a five county consortium of arts councils and arts organizations, the grants are made possible with funds from the North Carolina Arts Council. The state arts council funds are matched by the Caldwell Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, Burke Arts Council and Rock School Foundation in Burke County, Hiddenite Center in Alexander County and the McDowell Arts Council Association. Awards are determined by peer panelists from each of the five counties.

For further information, contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or

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