Cornell Council for the Arts awards 33 project grants

Access Apparati
Graduate student Lauren van Haaften-Schick received CCA funds for Access Apparati, a workshop series in the History of Art 2015-16 Visual Culture Colloquium exploring data visualization, archival practices and other topics. (Image from Burak Arikan’s Tension series, depicting aspects of data networks.)
Beyond Baksbat
Filmmaker and physics lecturer Robert Lieberman received CCA grant support for his film “Beyond Baksbat,” a documentary portrait of contemporary Cambodia.

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) awarded grants earlier this year to support 33 art projects being presented on campus in academic year 201516.

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, Edward Curran, Jared Curtis, Rae Dagdagan, Kevin Jin He, Sung Eun Kim, Jesse Kreuzer, Luca Spano, Lauren van Haaften-Schick and Maggie Zou.

Among the recipients, Spano, MFA ’16, will exhibit “A ploughman and some stones” in November in the Tjaden Hall Experimental Gallery. The video and print installation is based on Spano’s research on the Giants of Mont’e Prama, an archaeological discovery in southern Italy.

Curran, a doctoral student in the field of Romance studies, will present an exhibition, “Requesting Me/Inviting You,” in the spring, tied to his dissertation on visual culture and featuring a series of photographic portraits of subjects inhabiting three kinds of space.

“My Sky Is Floor Scented,” a site‐specific installation by Curtis, B.Arch. ’16, will connect Ithaca’s three highest points via intersecting laser beams and will be visible in the night sky in April 2016.

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 MFA Exhibition in New York City featuring College of Architecture, Art and Planning students.

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, Nov. 22; a residency by composer Patrick Williams, featuring a Bailey Hall concert Nov. 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. See the CCA website or Facebook page for more information.

The CCA also is accepting ideas and proposals until Dec. 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 Oct. 22.

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