Four artists from across Maine won 2011 Artists’ Fellowship Awards, the Maine Arts Commission has announced.

Each artist will receive $13,000, one of the highest awards for individual artists made by a state arts agency.

The winners are Theresa Secord of Waterville in the traditional arts; Ethan Hayes-Chute of Freeport in the visual arts; Elizabeth Kirschner of Kittery Point in the literary arts; and Deborah Wing-Sproul of Cape Elizabeth in the performing and media arts.

They will be honored during an awards showcase at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Gracie Theatre at Husson University in Bangor. The event is free and open to the public.

Secord is a Penobscot basketmaker. She began her work in the 1980s under master Penobscot basketmaker Madeline Shay. She later helped establish the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, a cultural organization dedicated to preserving traditional ash and sweetgrass basketry.

Hayes-Chute graduated with a bachelor’s degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has exhibited his work throughout North America and Europe. His installation for the 2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, titled “Hermitage,” featured the construction of a two-story building in the museum’s central lobby.

Kirschner has published five books of poetry, most recently “My Life as a Doll.” That book came out in 2008 and was nominated for the Lenore Marshall Prize. She taught at Boston College, and has collaborated with many classical composers who have set her poetry to music.

Wing-Sproul is a co-founder of Portland Film and Video Artists Collective and has taught at Parson’s School of Design, SUNY-New Paltz, Maine College of Art and the University of Maine at Orono. She is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in live performance and performance-based video. Her background in modern dance and choreography informs her current arts practice and influences the work she produces.

The showcase on Oct. 29 will feature music, movies, signing and demonstrations from some of Maine’s top artists. For more information, visit