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FSU’s Dr. Gregory Latta and Robert Hein Receive Individual Artist Awards From Maryland State Arts Council

FSU’s Dr. Gregory Latta and Robert Hein Receive Individual Artist Awards From Maryland State Arts Council
Dr. Gregory Latta and Robert Hein

For a second time, two Frostburg State University faculty members, Dr. Gregory Latta of the Department of Physics and Engineering and Robert Hein of the Department of Visual Arts, have received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, which recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland. A celebration to honor the awardees will be held on Monday, June 8, at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

Selected from more than 400 applicants, this year’s recipients created work of exceptional quality within a range of performing, literary and visual art forms. Recipients receive grants for $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000 to honor their achievement and support further advancement of their career.

Latta, who received a $3,000 grant, is not only a physics professor but a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist specializing in the hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar and concertina, as well as many other instruments. He also performs a very eclectic mix of music ranging from contemporary folk to Irish to Broadway. Latta received Individual Artist Award in Non-Classical Solo Music Performance for three songs he submitted in the areas of jazz, pop and folk – two that he wrote, “Choo Choo to You,” and “Gotta Get Back,” as well as “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot. He performed all the vocals and effects and played all instruments on the recordings.

Originally from Indianapolis, Hein, who received a $1,000 grant, has been an assistant professor of photography at FSU since 2007. His work has been in exhibits nationally and internationally, as well as juried competitions, private collections and solo exhibits. Before coming to FSU, Hein taught at Ball State University. Although his photographic work has ranged in style and content, his current themes revolve around life with his two children and their busy agendas.

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