Cornell Council for the Arts Supports 35 New Projects

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The 2017 M.F.A. Group Show, Odd Year, received a CCA grant. The 2018 exhibition also received CCA funding. photo / Gabriel Ramos (M.F.A. '18)

September 22, 2017

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) is supporting 35 projects that will be presented on campus this academic year. Through its Individual Grant Program, the CCA awarded 15 grants of $2,500 each to Cornell faculty, departments, and programs, and 20 grants of $1,000 each to undergraduate and graduate students and student organizations. Recipients were selected by a panel of faculty in the arts.

Proposals from faculty and students ranged from art and design projects to interdisciplinary projects linking science, engineering, and the arts. Projects for 2017–18 include individual student exhibitions and performances, and short-term residencies or on-campus collaborations with guest artists.

The CCA is a supporter of student organizations that help sustain a thriving creative community on campus. Student groups receiving grants were: Cornell Taiko (Yamatai drum ensemble); Cornell Fashion Collective, affiliated with the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design (FSAD); the Cornell Chapter of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth; Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players (Department of Music); and the History of Art Majors' Society.

Among individual student projects, Resistance Bands, by art student Richard Zimmerman (M.F.A. '18), will connect different architectural spaces using simple sculptural forms made from materials associated with the built environment and the human body. It will be installed in early 2018 in Tjaden Hall's Experimental Gallery. Zimmerman says the aim of the project "is to cause the viewers to question their understanding of the built environment while providing a playful sculptural environment."

AAP students receiving individual grants include Charisse Foo (B.Arch. '18), Jingyang Liu (M.Arch.II '15, M.S. '19), Bradley Nathanson (B.Arch. '18), Sasha Phyars-Burgess (M.F.A. '18), and Gabriel Ramos (M.F.A. '18). Grants were also awarded to Caitlin Kane, Jayme Kilburn, and Erin Stoneking, doctoral students in performing and media arts; graduate student Kelsie Doty, FSAD; graduate student Yen Vu, Romance studies; doctoral student Mackenzie Pierce, music; graduate student Mariaenrica Giannuzzi, German studies; Dan Chamberlain '18, interdisciplinary studies; and Sahana Natesan '20, biological sciences.

Faculty members and academic departments and programs also seek CCA funds to further their individual work and projects but primarily sought support for performances and exhibitions that will bring visiting musicians, composers, playwrights, directors, writers, filmmakers, dancers, and visual artists to campus to work with their students and departments.

Assistant professor of performing and media arts Dehanza Rogers was awarded funds to support her collaborative project From Land to Land, a documentary/narrative video installation exploring the struggles of immigrants in the U.S. since the beginning of the Trump administration. Rogers envisions the project "will create a textured and complex look at what we've come to see as our new normal regarding immigration."

Grants to individual faculty also were awarded to Michael Ashkin, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art; Mary Woods, professor of architecture; Denise Green, FSAD; Annie Lewandowski, Xak Bjerken, James Spinazzola, and Stephen Spinelli, Department of Music; and Jumay Chu, Bruce Levitt, and Rebekah Maggor, Department of Performing and Media Arts.

Grant recipients also include the departments of Performing and Media Arts, for The Caucasian Chalk Circle, September 21–23; Art, for an annual M.F.A. program student exhibition in New York City; and Music, for a "Klenèngan" gamelan concert and a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. The latter, coming in May to Bailey Hall, will be a collaboration with professional instrumentalists and vocal soloists.

By Daniel Aloi, Cornell Chronicle

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