Irish dancer Doyle on cover of national publication

Irish dancer Doyle on cover of national publication

Rhode Island Celtic dancer Kevin Doyle is featured on the cover of the National Endowment for the Arts 2014 Guide. He's shown here, at right, during the National Heritage Festival Concert in Washington, D.C., last September.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kevin Doyle, a frequent performer on the stage of the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland and with the Rhode Island Celtic band Pendragon, is featured on the cover of the National Endowment for the Arts 2014 Guide.

The photo of Doyle shows him dancing in the finale of last September's National Heritage Festival Concert in Washington, D.C. The concert features recipients of the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, the National Heritage Fellowship award. Doyle was there as part of an ensemble featuring Seamus Connolly, an Irish fiddler from North Yarmouth, Maine.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Executive Director Randall Rosenbaum said in a statement, "The National Endowment for the Arts is an agency that supports art of the highest quality in the United States. Having a Rhode Island artist on the cover of its Guide to programs is an honor for Kevin, for our state and for our arts community."

Said Doyle, a resident of Barrington, "The scene on the cover of the 2014 NEA Guide is one I will treasure as I step into the future with each jig, reel, or waltz clog to come."

Doyle, from Barrington, has been a recipient of Folk Arts Fellowships and Apprenticeship grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

The National Endowment for the Arts 2014 Guide is distributed widely throughout the country and available online at www.arts.gov .