Michael Patrick Moore, a Kansas University alumnus, was awarded a $13,000 grant in July from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, based in New York City.
Moore graduated with a bachelor's degree in fine arts in December 2000, after intensive study with Jon Keith Swindell, associate professor of design, and Richard Gillespie, associate professor of art.
Moore is a visual artist combining painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography and computer techniques into a rich repertoire.
Moore has CMV retinitis, a degenerative eye disease that Moore developed with the onslaught of AIDS. The award will help maximize his productivity while he is still able to work.
Increasingly, Moore is relying on sculpture to propel his messages.
In his Pollock-Krasner grant application, he outlined four projects he intends to cast in a special plastic that can be used from a trowel and has a semi-liquid texture, akin to mayonnaise.
"I'm using sculpture as a fall-back because of its tactile experience," Moore wrote. "This material acts a lot like water, which has become a recurring theme in my work as I deal with the struggle of AIDS and losing my vision."
Founded in 1985, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc. awards grants throughout the year to artists who demonstrate both talent and need.
The goal of the grants, which are supported by the legacy of Lee Krasner, artist and wife of Jackson Pollock, is to stabilize and strengthen the careers and personal lives of artists so they can focus on their work.
Over the last 15 years, the foundation has distributed grants to 233 artists.
Moore has exhibited extensively in the last few years.
He has several pieces in different venues, including a group show for visually impaired artists at New Visions Gallery in Louisville, Ky.
His work can be seen at http://members.aol.com/shikaman/index.html.