Stephanie Cox receives first grant in support of artistic work

28 March 2024

Stephanie Cox, senior lecturer French, has received an Emerging Artist grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC). Funding from SEMAC will support Cox’s work on the design and production of a graphic-novel style art booklet that shares the story of Nokutela Mdima Dube. A South African woman with connections to Northfield, Dube was an educator, musician, and community organizer in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Together with Chérif Keita, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, Cox will organize an event at the Northfield Public Library, where they will present Keita’s research on Dube’s life, share the original artwork produced by Cox, and pass out the booklets to attendees.

SEMAC supports southeastern Minnesota-based nonprofit organizations and individual artists whose work focuses on fine arts and community engagement. Emerging Artists grants support new and emerging artists whose work is not widely recognized. This is Cox’s first grant in support of her artistic work, examples of which can be seen on her website.