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Awards to Blackfish Artists!

A huge congratulations to Palmarin Merges and Christopher Shotola-Hardt for their recent awards!!

Christopher Shotola-Hardt received the National Art Education Association (NAEA) 2018 Award for
Pacific Region Secondary Art Educator. The NAEA awards recognize outstanding art educators in all divisions and regions, and from each state and province.

Palmarin Merges was awarded PNCA's 2018 McGeady Faculty Development Fund for her project Fort Man Toe, which takes as inspiration the complicated blend of her American upbringing and Filipino lineage. The grant will give her the chance to explore her heritage more deeply, and allow her to research and create Concrete Poetry that expresses her Filipino-American blend by playing in and around the verb-coco-visual word play present in both cultures.