In the Moment: Strauss Artist Grant Bestowed on Scenic, Costume, and Puppet Designer Margaret (Margie) Jervis

Strauss Artist Grant recipient Margie Jervis. Photo courtesy of Margie Jervis.

The Arts Council of Fairfax County announced a $5,000 Strauss Artist Grant award to Falls Church-based theater designer Margaret (Margie) Jervis. Jervis, a Falls Church native, is the resident Scenic, Costume, and Puppet Designer for Creative Cauldron in Falls Church. She is also a Teaching Artist for their educational programs for children.

“The Arts Council is honored to recognize and champion Margie Jervis as a superlative artist,” said Linda S. Sullivan, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County.

“I am very honored and grateful to be a Strauss Artist Grant recipient. The Strauss Artist Grant is truly helpful and encouraging for an artist,” said Jervis. “This grant will help me improve documentation of my existing projects and begin new, innovative work in theatrical design. The arts are so important to humanity and are a transcendent language that crosses the boundaries of age, country, and culture. I am thankful to be a part of the conversation.”

The Strauss Artist Grants, funded by Fairfax County, are named after Bill Strauss (1947-2007), gifted writer and co-founder of the Capitol Steps and the Cappies. The grants are an investment in the sustained growth and development of the arts in Fairfax County as well as a way to honor contemporary artists’ commitment to an artistic discipline and their contributions to Fairfax County. Applications are open to individual artists residing in Fairfax County each year.

Jervis received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Sculpture with a specialty in Glass, and received training in theatrical design and production with the Seattle Opera. Her fine art has been exhibited and collected internationally in museums, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Jervis has worked on several Helen Hayes recommended, nominated, and awarded shows for Creative Cauldron and other theaters in the DC area.

Contact the Arts Council of Fairfax County for more information about the Strauss Artist Grants and other grants they offer.



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David Siegel
David Siegel is a freelance theater reviewer and features writer whose work appears on DC Theater Arts, ShowBiz Radio, in the Connection Newspapers and the Fairfax Times. He is a judge in the Helen Hayes Awards program. He is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and volunteers with the Arts Council of Fairfax County. David has been associated with theater in the Washington, DC area for nearly 30 years. He served as Board President, American Showcase Theater Company (now Metro Stage) and later with the American Century Theater as both a member of the Executive Board and as Marketing Director. You can follow David's musings on Twitter @pettynibbler.


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