Cornell Council for the Arts Awards 33 Project Grants

Work by Jesse Kreuzer
Work by CCA grant recipient Jesse Kreuzer (M.F.A. '16), Falling (2015), exhibition installation view, Olive Tjaden Gallery.
Work by Nils Axen
Work by CCA grant recipient Nils Axen (B.Arch. '16), Productive Lawns (2015), for the spring semester class ENJOY! An Appetite for Ecology, Infrastructure and Everyday Practices of Inhabitation, taught by Sabine Müller and Michael Jefferson.
Work by CCA grant recipient Jesse Kreuzer (M.F.A. '16), Falling (2015), exhibition installation view, Olive Tjaden Gallery. Work by CCA grant recipient Nils Axen (B.Arch. '16), Productive Lawns (2015), for the spring semester class ENJOY! An Appetite for Ecology, Infrastructure and Everyday Practices of Inhabitation, taught by Sabine Müller and Michael Jefferson.
News
October 23, 2015

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) awarded grants earlier this year to support 33 art projects being presented on campus in the 2015–16 academic year.

Selected from a large group of applications from Cornell artists, the projects — in visual art, performing arts, media and literary arts, and architecture — represent a range of creative disciplines across campus. The CCA gave 12 grants of $2,500 each to Cornell faculty, departments, and programs, and awarded 21 grants of $1,000 each to undergraduate and graduate students and to student organizations.

Funding decisions were based on the artistic merit of the proposal, the degree to which the project expands the boundaries of a particular discipline, and the potential impact of the project on the community at large.

Ten individual student artists were awarded grants to create and present new works of art: Nils Axen (B.Arch. '16), Edward Curran '16, Jared Curtis (B.Arch. '16), Rae Dagdagan '16, Kevin Jin He (B.Arch. '16), Sung Eun Kim (B.F.A. '18), Jesse Kreuzer (M.F.A. '16), Luca Spano (M.F.A. '16), Lauren van Haaften-Schick '21, and Maggie Zou (M.Arch. '16).

Among the recipients, Spano will exhibit A ploughman and some stones in November in the Experimental Gallery in Tjaden Hall. The video and print installation is based on Spano's research on the Giants of Mont'e Prama, an archaeological discovery in southern Italy. 

My Sky Is Floor Scented, a site-specific installation by Curtis, will connect Ithaca's three highest points via intersecting laser beams and will be visible in the night sky in April 2016.

Axen will use his grant for work on a collaborative project with Lucia Lee (B.Arch. '16), Danica Davis (B.Arch. '17), and Liam Martin (B.Arch. '17).

Eleven student organizations received funding for projects including performances, collaborations with visiting artists, theater productions, exhibitions, and publications: AAP Association, Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players, Cornell Fashion Collective, Fanclub Collective, Flexible Theatre Company, Association of Graduates in Theater, History of Art Majors Society, The Johnson Museum Club, MASS Design Collective, the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth, and the 2016 M.F.A. Exhibition in New York City.

A CCA faculty grant went to Denise Green, assistant professor of fiber science and apparel design and director of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, to present a costume exhibition exploring the influence of movie stars from Ithaca's silent film heyday on early 1920s fashion. The Biggest Little (Fashion) City: Silver Screen Style in Ithaca, 1914–1924 will be exhibited in the Human Ecology Building in the spring.

Faculty and program recipients also include Michael Compitello, Chris Kim, Ariana Kim, Eli Marshall, Christopher Miller, and James Spinazzola in the Department of Music; Jumay Chu (performing and media arts); Robert Lieberman (physics) for his film on modern Cambodia; and the Choral Music Program, Jewish Studies Program, and South Asia Program.

Grants to music faculty will help bring celebrated artists to campus to engage with students and perform their work. These include a program featuring American women composers and a CD release by Ariana Kim, November 22; a residency by composer Patrick Williams, featuring a Bailey Hall concert on November 20 with the Cornell Wind Symphony and Cornell Jazz Ensemble; a lecture on “Understanding Chinese Music” and a workshop and performance with Wu Tong and Shane Shanahan; and a residency and concert by the Imani Wind Quintet.

The CCA will begin accepting applications for 2016–17 project funding in early November, and will host information sessions this fall and in early 2016 to answer questions about submitting proposals in the next grant cycle.

The CCA also is accepting ideas and proposals until December 3 for its 2016 Biennial, to focus on the cultural production of empathy. A series of roundtables this fall will facilitate conversations on empathy and contemporary art, beginning on October 22.

By Daniel Aloi, Cornell Chronicle