Lisa Marie Sipe, a Phoenix-based painter, has received a Professional Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which provides funding support for participation in artistic development and skills building activities or opportunities that contribute to the professional growth and career development of the artist. The grant was awarded to Sipe so she could attend the Fifth International Encaustic Conference and post-conference workshops in Provincetown, Massachusetts from June 3-10, 2011.

“The encaustic conference is an unmatched opportunity for me to learn from industry leading artists and network with fellow creatives from across the country,” Sipe explains, “the conference will be a catalyst for new work.”

The Arizona Commission on the Arts aids individuals who make a compelling case as to why the particular self-identified activity or opportunity was selected – whether in Arizona, out-of-state, or international – and how it will have a substantial impact on their work and/or community. The criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and a clearly defined need and the potential impact of the artistic activity or opportunity.

About the Fifth International Encaustic Conference:
This is the first and only annual encaustic event to draw from an international roster of artists who are fully engaged with the medium of pigmented wax. Not a retreat, not an advance, not a camp, The Encaustic Conference aims to offer technical information about the medium while underscoring the concept of encaustic as a means of expressing an artist’s unique artistic vision. The Encaustic Conference is independently organized. It has never been affiliated with any other encaustic group or organization, though we welcome the participation of members so aligned and we are always happy to provide them with a space to meet. For more information visit

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