Todd awarded $15k grant

October 13, 2011

Visual and Media Arts Associate Professor Robert Todd was one of six local artists recently awarded a Brother Thomas Fellowship from the Boston Foundation. The award is a $15,000, no-strings-attached grant given to accomplished artists.

Todd is a filmmaker, and, according to the Boston Foundation, “has produced a steady stream of short films that refuse to be categorized.” His work has been screened internationally and has received a number of awards.

Rober Todd
Associate Professor Robert Todd is a lyrical filmmaker and a sound and visual artist.

Todd never storyboards; rather he creates his films from a library of footage, almost all of which he has shot himself. “I shoot it in response to what’s in front of me,” he said. “I put myself in a location where I might get something, but I don’t know what.”

The fellowship is made possible by the Brother Thomas Fund, established at the Boston Foundation in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and ceramic artist credited with elevating the status of ceramics from craft to fine art in the United States with the extraordinary quality of his work and his artistic vision.

“We are delighted to recognize these extraordinary artists with a Brother Thomas Fellowship,” said Paul Grogan, president and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “We know that exposure to arts and culture can improve educational outcomes and support development, and they are extremely important to the Massachusetts economy. Beyond that, the arts provide us with a sense of who we are and unify us across all barriers. With this fellowship and Brother Thomas’ legacy, these artists can enrich their communities and our Commonwealth.”