Great news for metaverse-based artists: Bryn Oh, avatar name of a Toronto painter, just got a $10,000 grant from the Canadian government. The Ontario Arts Council, to be exact, which is giving her the money for to turn three of her Second Life art installations, Daughter of Gears, the Rabbicorn story and Standby, into a single 30 minute machinima. "This final piece will be used to send around to movie companies to see if they are interested," she writes. The grant will also go into creating a real life gallery show that's "a virtual environment for the guest to enter and explore." It's a notable acknowledgement of Ms. Oh's work, which is easily among the best in immersive Second Life art -- examples here and also here -- and of the medium itself. "I competed against 'traditional' art applications and won," as she puts it. "[N]ow the next time I apply for a big event the organizers will see that a large art organization has faith in me and my medium." I'd say that last bit applies to other metaverse artists working on her level.
Hat tip: NWN arts correspondent ColeMarie Soleil.