GRINNELL, Iowa — Joe Tuggle Lacina, Grinnell College studio art technical assistant, has been named an Iowa Artist Fellow for fiscal year 2023. Tuggle Lacina is one of five fellows selected. This annual competitive fellowship supports Iowa artists, filmmakers, musicians, and creative writers who demonstrate exceptional creativity and a commitment to advancing their artistic practices at a pivotal moment in their careers. 

Led by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, funding for the program is provided by the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tuggle Lacina will receive a $10,000 grant to support the development of his artistic career and to enhance his capacity for creative work. In addition to funding, the program advances the artistic careers of Iowans through professional development and promotion focused on recognizing the impact and value of their work.

Tuggle Lacina shared, “I am honored to be awarded the FY 2023 Iowa Artist Fellowship. Innovation and expansion of art opportunities and activities in rural Iowa have been a commitment of mine for over 16 years. I will continue to contribute to the arts in Grinnell through volunteer work at the Grinnell Area Arts Council and the Stew Makerspace. Further, I look forward to expanding my support of students, faculty, and community members with their art-making, art presentations/installations, and pedagogical endeavors. I’m excited for the upcoming Iowa Artist Professional Development program, a workshop lead by Strategic Planning Partners.”

In addition to his role at Grinnell College, Tuggle Lacina is a local artist, builder, and designer in the Grinnell area. He maintains a varied studio practice producing works of sculpture, paintings, structures, and new media. He is currently involved in projects, programming, and renovations at the Grinnell Area Arts Council. Tuggle Lacina is also renovating and developing Cupola Gallery, a contemporary art gallery and performance space in Grinnell. 

Tuggle Lacina holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in dimensional practice from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Visit to learn more and view his work. 

“Thank you to all who assisted me with my grant application and to the Iowa Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts for their support,” added Tuggle Lacina. 

About the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its divisions – the State Historical Society of Iowa, including the State Historic Preservation Office; the Iowa Arts Council; the interim Iowa Humanities Council; and Produce Iowa, the state office of media production – empower Iowans to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting to the people, places, and points of pride that define our state.

About Grinnell College

Grinnell College, a private liberal arts college in Iowa founded in 1846, provides individually advised learning for intellectually engaged students to produce graduates who are prepared to navigate the world’s complexities and responsibly contribute to the common good. Grinnell enrolls 1,700 students from around the world, who earn undergraduate degrees in a range of disciplines across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell’s rigorous academic program and campus life emphasize excellence in education through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas, a diverse community and social responsibility and action. More information about Grinnell College is available at

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