Previous MIller Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Class of 2019

UVA Art Scholars

Maeve Bradley, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Exchanging Photographs and Ideas

I am proposing a photographic portrait series that would explore cultural identity and exchange. As a double major in Studio Art and American Studies, I’ve enjoyed making connections between the two, using research and field-study to inform my photography and vice versa.
UVA Art Scholars

Claire Burke, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Iconic Images of America’s National Parks: Printing History

I propose to interview and print with the creators of the iconic Ranger Doug’s Enterprises National Park posters. As a studio art and environmental science double major, I am deeply invested in exploring the interface between the two fields.
UVA Art Scholars

Kaiming Cheng, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

Music Composing in Virtual Reality

I want to attend different music technology workshops hosted by the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University. I would am seeking funding to cover my project, tuition expense and traveling cost.
UVA Art Scholars

Alice Clair, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

Project “Loop:” A Full-Length Album

I propose a six-month project I have long dreamed of: a full-length album of my original music, entitled “Loop.” The album will include twelve original songs ranging in time from 2013 to 2018, thoroughly exhibiting the artistic work of my professional career so far.

Jack Gereski, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

A Summer Acting in NYC

I will attend Yale's Summer Conservator for Actors, and will use my Rising Fourth-Year Award to help with tuition and housing costs in New Haven, CT.
UVA Art Scholars

Corrinne James, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Area

Area will be a multimedia project which will engage with audio and visual elements in order to capture emotions without using language as a tool. It will rely on audiovisual components to reproduce reflective human consciousness. Area will consist of five different films with five different self-produced scores. All of the audio produced will be created with an analogue synthesizer and all of the visuals will be shot on 16mm film.
UVA Art Scholars

Corrinne James, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Juniper

I am proposing to create a film called “Juniper” with a rising Fourth-Year Award. “Juniper” will use visual and audio components, as well as dialogue, to create an exploration into a nonsensical word.
UVA Art Scholars

Chuanyuan Liu, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

AIMS in Graz: A Full Immersion of Operatic Training

I will apply to an immersive and competitive opera program presented by the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.
UVA Art Scholars

Michelle Miles, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Enabling the Universe

I see the outcome of this project as a collections of short films that explore the organic movement and behavior of materials such as inks, pigments, powders, oils, and soaps – with room for the discovery and use of new materials throughout the process. These are examples of some of the required materials, along with glassware such as plates and petri dishes. The specific equipment I will need includes a macro lens, a tripod, underwater film equipment, and studio lights.
UVA Art Scholars

Michelle Miles, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Archeticture Abroad

I propose participation in the Metropolitan Studies and Architecture program in Berlin, Germany. The program takes place over the summer of 2018, from June 5th–July 28th. During the program, I intend to enroll in courses in Architecture, Art History, and Urban and Cultural Studies. I also intend to continue shooting photography and film during my time in Berlin, in addition to visiting the many contemporary art museums in and around Berlin.
UVA Art Scholars

Anna Morgan, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Explorations in Printmaking

The objectives of my project are to participate in various workshops and obtain studio space at a printmaking studio over the summer, achieve technical fluency within printmaking, and to produce a body of work based on these and past experiences.
UVA Art Scholars

Anna Morgan, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Translations in Printmaking

My proposal begins with attending the workshop, Exploring the Multiple and Transforming Images through Silkscreen, at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado. I have already received a scholarship from Alice Bailey, who has connections with Anderson Ranch, to cover tuition and been accepted into the workshop.
UVA Art Scholars

Emily Schmid, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

Social Justice Theatre

I hope to accomplish these goals through attending a Joker Training Workshop through Theater of the Oppressed NYC. I then intend to conduct more research on the methodology, keeping in mind the goal to present a mini workshop at UVA in order to explore the connection between the social issues that the university faces and theater. I hope to apply the knowledge acquired through attending this workshop and conducting research into Theater of the Oppressed by eventually creating a devised piece at UVA which responds to the social and political issues that the university faces.
UVA Art Scholars

Emily Schmid, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

The Arts as Language

To facilitate an exploration of The Arts as Language, I am seeking approximately funding to assist in my endeavor to work in the administrative department of an arts non-profit, either in Santiago, Chile or Barcelona, Spain.
UVA Art Scholars

Maelisa Singer, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

Fall 2018 Study Abroad at Trinity College Dublin

I wanted to immerse myself entirely in a different culture and see where it led me on an academic and creative level. I ultimately decided to apply to Trinity College Dublin in order to do this, and I am very happy to say that I will be studying there during the fall 2018 academic semester.
UVA Art Scholars

Shannon Spence, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Anderson Ranch Arts Center: Study in Serigraphy & Relief

This proposal will detail the additional costs of travel, housing, and materials for this study. This study will culminate in multiple original works, proof of study and a review of learned techniques through a final presentation in April.

Class of 2018

UVA Student Art Scholar

Luc Cianfarani, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

Attending the 2016 Washington International Piano Festival

Classical music is an industry. In order to progress in this competitive industry I need to start making connections and entering competitions that will allow me to advance my career. I believe that receiving a $1500 arts award to attend the Washington International Piano Festival will not only allow me to grow as a musician, but also enable me to meet world renowned pianists and compete against my peers from all over the world.
UVA Student Art Scholar

Luc Cianfarani, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

Summer Composition Internship

While I still have aspirations of becoming a great pianist, I now have aspirations of becoming a composer. This desire stemmed from a classical improvisation class I took while studying abroad. In this class, I learned that I had a compositional voice and that I enjoyed creating new music. This summer I hope to grow and develop my compositional abilities. In order to do this, I have secured an internship with composer and orchestrator Chad Cannon in Pasadena, California.
UVA Art Scholars

Alexandra D'Elia, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

A Dança Portuguesa

With assistance from the Miller Arts Scholars Third Year Arts Award, I will spend the spring semester of 2017 studying abroad in Lisbon at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), through a language and culture program with CIEE, and I will conduct research on the different dance styles taught and practiced in Portuguese culture. I will take dance classes at a studio called STEPS: escola de dança e artes do espectáculo. STEPS offers dance classes in many different dance styles: Kizomba, Semba, Funaná, Eastern and Indian dance, Tango, Tap Dance, Forró, Samba, Salsa and Cuban Music. What interests me about this diverse group of classes is that each dance style is unique to a specific Portuguese territory.
UVA Art Scholars

Wesley Diener, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

FAVA: Immersion in French Opera, Art Song, and Language

I am applying for an Arts Award to travel to Perigeuex, France and participate in the Franco-American Vocal Academy program, where I will sing a full opera role and work intensely on French music and language. The Franco American Vocal Academy (FAVA) centers its mission on performance opportunities for young singers. While there are many summer opera programs that offer similar opportunities for technical training, FAVA distinguishes itself with a valuable combination of technical achievement, immersive language instruction, and most importantly, significant performance opportunities.
UVA Art Scholars

Wesley Diener, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

Bel Canto in Tuscany: Learning the Italian Art of Vocal Technique and Expression

I am applying for a Miller Art Scholars Rising Fourth-Year Award to support my participation in Bel Canto in Tuscany, an intensive and immersive opera training program in Italy. This program, focused on advanced study in Italian vocal traditions, features a month of comprehensive vocal, musical, dramatic, and linguistic study.
UVA Art Scholars

Vivien Fergusson, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

Bates Dance Festival

This year, the Bates Dance Festival will be offering classes from a variety of dance disciplines including modern, ballet, jazz, afro-modern, Spiraldynamik, Pilates, yoga, and contact improvisation. There will also be more academically based courses on choreography, movement and writing, the business of dance, film and media, and natural body systems. Classes will be taught by extremely gifted faculty that are powerful forces in their respective corners of the dance community, and they will be accompanied by live musical artists.

Kirsten Hemrich, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Ecstatic Art and Travel

As an undergraduate student about to undergo my final summer before graduation, I fully intend to devote myself to artmaking and travel. I am proposing a two part project which will take course over four months. The first part will be an intensive month of travel abroad. During this month, I intend to make a book of visual poetry and drawings which will document my experience and also explore the ecstasy that is inherent to travel--ecstasy being derived from word, ‘ekstasis,’ meaning: “movement of the soul outside the body.” I will visually and poetically explore the transient, exciting, almost spiritual experience of ecstasy.
UVA Art Scholars

Annalee Jackson, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Documenting the Creative and Immersive Process: Reflecting on Cultural Barriers through Arts

My goal is to combine both art and education my two areas of academic interest in a project, which will document my thinking and inform my understanding of a different culture. Throughout this reflective process I will draw on documentation from my travel including: textural rubbings, both personal and academic journaling, sketching, and photography. In the next year, I propose to explore place, barriers, and reflection/translation as themes in my art utilizing exhaustive documentation and reflection from my time abroad in Italy.
UVA Art Scholars

Steven Johnson, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

Theatre Through The Looking Glass

I am requesting funding for photography equipment that will allow me to improve upon my portfolio, and study how the camera’s focal length and framing chosen for a shot shapes the narrative of the image.
UVA Student Art Scholar

Taylor Lamb, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

A Summer at Stella Adler Studio of Acting (New York City)

I have been fortunate enough to be accepted to Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s ten-week conservatory. My primary goal in attending this program is to further develop my skills as an actress, preparing me for a career for the stage, film, and television.
UVA Art Scholars

Emma Lewis, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Study of Tangible Dialogue

Communicating meaning through an artistic work is difficult for all artists. How can one translate a personal idea that seems innate, obvious, and pure to another? As an artist that relies heavily upon memory for works, I often think about how I can speak clearly and simply in my art despite personal symbolic connections I wish to incorporate in the piece. Exemplifying this idea, I often connect aphasia and artist purpose. Aphasia, a neurological disorder caused by damage to the language center of the brain, prevents affected individuals from finding and saying the accurate words to express a clear idea. I have the intent, however, the idea in its tangible form does not have the right language.
UVA Art Scholars

Emma Lewis, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Instantaneous forms and memory

I propose to attend the workshop Print Composite: Tradition & Innovation at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado from August 14th through August 18th 2017. I will then use the skills I developed in the workshop towards a creative project in printmaking utilizing a combination of digital and traditional printing methods. I have already been chosen by UVA Arts faculty to receive a University of Virginia scholarship covering tuition for the workshop Print Composite: Tradition & Innovation at Anderson Ranch and have been accepted into the workshop.
UVA Art Scholars

Nicholas Milkovich, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Study Abroad in Italy

For my rising Fourth Year artist grant, I propose participation in the UVA in Italy: Photography and Contemporary Art History study abroad program. This is a program I have wanted to participate in since I first was accepted into UVa as a First Year Student. It has always been my dream to study in Italy, but my course scheduling next permitted me to take a full semester away from Charlottesville. This summer program is a chance for me to achieve my goals and dream while maintaining my studies and becoming a better Studio Artist.
UVA Art Scholars

Josephine Miller, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

Speech Pathology In Practice: Vocal Health and Vocal Myths in Todays Singers

This summer of 2016, I would like to put into use my two majors: Speech Language Pathology and Music (vocal performance). I plan on shadowing a Speech Pathologist in Yorktown, Virginia, Ann Cyptar, who focuses mostly on patients with vocal health issues (singers, actors, etc.) and occasionally with patients suffering from head and neck cancer. To further my studies, I would also try to shadow a few other speech pathologists who work primarily with patients suffering from more common speech disorders and stroke patients. In an effort to truly understand the usefulness and importance of Speech Pathology in practice as a singer, I will also be attending two vocal workshops/performance opportunities. The first would be the Classical Singers Workshop at Peabody University from July 6-10 in Baltimore, Maryland. The second would be participating in the Bethesda Summer Music Festival in Bethesda, Maryland from June 20 to July 3.
UVA Art Scholars

Josephine Miller, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

A Musical Journey: Nationally & Internationally

This summer of 2017, I would like to pursue my performance- based career goals and continue developing both my skills as an individual and as part of an ensemble (a key part of being a performer). I hope to work with past and new teachers in an attempt to better understand and exercise my voice, all the meanwhile gaining valuable insight from the professionals at the programs.

Julian Sanchez, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

Drama Abroad: A Personal Exploration of British Classical Acting Pedagogy

I am proposing to use the Arts Award money to help fund my studies at one of two of Britain’s most esteemed acting institutions: the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), or the London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). I leave the possibilities open between the two because I’m not sure which one I will get into, but I assure you they are both very worthy programs in their own right.
UVA Art Scholars

Braelyn Schenk, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

Apples and Oranges

I am interested in finding bridges between music and dance, exploring their capability to interpret physical and cultural landscapes, and through that, codifying a methodology that allows dancers and musicians to enter into a deeper understanding of their relationship to each other, to place, to physical spaces, and to the past.
UVA Art Scholars

Braelyn Schenk, Dance

Rising 4th Year Award

A Musical Journey: Nationally & Internationally

My proposed project centers on a high intensity, hands-on involvement with Cleveland, OH nonprofit, Fresh Camp. Fresh Camp and the Refresh Collective exists to enliven Cleveland through “creative arts, community engagement and youth development.” The camp uses project-based hip-hop-in-action programs to motivate, educate, and activate students in personal and community development. Students learn skills in digital music composition, lyric writing, recording arts, and public performance. The creative, song writing process allows students to express experiences, perspectives, problems and solutions. Founder Dee Jay Doc and his team listen carefully to what students are saying and help give them opportunities to create “fresh action” such as planting new neighborhood gardens, tasting fresh food, silk screening t-shirts, and writing songs that promote the neighborhood farmer's market. As an intern, I will have the privilege of working, learning and living in and through these efforts.

Micah Watson, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

Film Making Project

Art is an articulation of the soul. It is a way to reinterpret the things that we have words to describe and to translate the things that words cannot explain. Often, creation is cathartic—it is cleansing, nourishing, and freeing for the body, mind and spirit. For many people, including myself art is a method of practicing self-care. I think that it is important to practice art in this way; art for the sake of the artist is a completely valid and sometimes necessary practice. However, as an African-American artist, I do not not have the luxury of creating selfishly. As a participant in the ongoing Liberation Struggle, as a result of the political condition of Blackness assigned to me at birth, I must use the tools that I have been gifted with to work towards Freedom. It is my duty.

Micah Watson, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

Black Entertainment Television Networks Internship

I plan to intern with Black Entertainment Television Networks. As a Programming Intern, I will have the opportunity to create original programming, act as an on-set production assistant and study with the Writing Team. I will be able to be a part of the creative process of the television industry from beginning to end. Specifically, I will be under the tutelage of Senior Vice President, Connie Orlando in New York, New York. It is important that I learn the systems of the television and film industry so that, in the future, I will know the best ways to share my art.
UVA Art Scholars

Yuchen Xie, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

A Study of Chinese Seal Carving

During the summer of 2016, from early July to late August, I plan to officially enroll in the course with the artist every week and meanwhile I’ll spend a considerable amount of time exploring the art of seal carving by myself. I’ll go to exhibitions with my teacher and connect to other seal carving artists. I’ll read the history of this art form to study the styles of renowned artists and examine their techniques to develop my style. I will write up an analysis based on my study and I will have ten carved seals of different styles. I’ll also explore different materials. For instance, I’ll try harder stones instead of the relatively soft bloodstone.
UVA Art Scholars

Yuchen Xie, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

The Interpretation of Dream

Inspired by the visual qualities of dreams, this project is my further exploration of the surrealist cinema. I challenged myself with non-traditional narrative structure and post-production treatment. The film depicts a setting that exists on the blurry boundary of dream and reality. The nameless characters lead the viewers into an absurd story that conveys confusion, loss, desire, absence, sentiments, and many other subtle emotions. I see this project as an experiment with otherness, both in terms of cinematographic quality and narrative aspect.

Class of 2017

Elena Anderson, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

A Summer at Michael Howard Studios (New York City)

I chose to come to the University of Virginia, and I have thrived in the liberal arts setting, pursuing a history major and Spanish minor in addition to my degree in Drama. However, as I approach my third year as an undergraduate in Drama, I realize there are certain limitations of time and opportunity that arise from not pursuing a specialized arts education. In the last year, I have come to the important conclusion that my skills as an actor are in need of more specialized training. Therefore, I am proposing a project involving six weeks of intensive study at the prestigious Michael Howard Studios in New York City.

Elena Anderson, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

One-Week Intensive at the New York Film Academy

I am proposing a project that will allow me to attend a one-week intensive film-acting workshop at the New York Film Academy. The NYFA is recognized as one of the top film schools in the country and offers a variety of workshops, short courses and conservatory programs. The one-week acting for film workshop is an introductory course on the basics of acting on-camera, focusing on filmed scene study and audition technique classes and exposing students to the technical realities of working on a film set.
UVA Art Scholars

Alexandra Chriscoe, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Tutkimus: The Art and Culture of Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Jyväskylä through the lens of collaborative Print Media

For our joint Fourth Year Art Award, we will travel to Finland and Russia alongside our Printmaking professor, Dean Dass. We will travel from October 1st through October 11th to the Balkans to study the origins of printmaking as an art form. This exploration of art and culture will involve participation in the Graphica Creativa, the oldest international printmaking exhibition in the Nordic countries, in Jyväskylä, a university city 200 km north of Helsinki. Subsequently, we will take a bookmaking course with the graduate students at Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts.
UVA Art Scholars

Anne Codd, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Second-Hand Summer: A Narrative of Growth

An artist’s book is the ideal approach to encapsulate the idiosyncrasies of a unique, yet shared summer experience. Within a self-contained entity, I will employ numerous mediums to depict the quintessential images and memories of my consecutive summers in concrete, representational forms alongside more abstract creations. Further, a three-chapter organization of the book will facilitate exploration into the experience of each generation. I plan to employ drawing, water-based painting, printmaking, and papermaking techniques. I envision the pages of the artist’s book being filled with small, detail oriented watercolors, linoleum, and woodcut depictions of the Chesapeake Bay.
UVA Art Scholars

Anne Codd, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Tutkimus: The Art and Culture of Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Jyväskylä through the lens of collaborative Print Media

For our joint Fourth Year Art Award, we will travel to Finland and Russia alongside our Printmaking professor, Dean Dass. We will travel from October 1st through October 11th to the Balkans to study the origins of printmaking as an art form. This exploration of art and culture will involve participation in the Graphica Creativa, the oldest international printmaking exhibition in the Nordic countries, in Jyväskylä, a university city 200 km north of Helsinki. Subsequently, we will take a bookmaking course with the graduate students at Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts.
UVA Art Scholars

Elyssa Fonicello, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

Developing Leaders through Dance

With funds from an Arts Award, I would like to attend the Now & Next Dance Mentoring Workshop for college students from August 17-21. Now Next Dance is a non-profit based in Washington, DC that endeavors to teach creativity and leadership through contemporary dance. Their week-long summer program for college dancers provides many unique opportunities to develop skills as a performer, choreographer, and dance leader/educator. Each day of the program I will participate in a company-style class to strengthen technique and learn new repertory, followed by mentoring lunches and activities with middle school-aged dance students. I will then teach a modern dance class based on the Now Next Dance style to the middle school dance students. In addition, I will have the opportunity to network with dance professionals and to collaborate with my peers in the creation of choreographic works that will be presented at the culmination of the week.
UVA Art Scholars

Elyssa Fonicello, Dance

Rising 4th Year Award

Catalyzing Policy Change through Movement

Having researched the connections between leadership and dance, I would now like to shift my focus to exploring the role of movement in the policy process. Dance can contribute to both issue advocacy and policy implementation by directly involving community members in the process of bringing about social change. For this grant project, I would like to explore a trajectory that has already been set forward by several dance makers, community leaders, and social activists dating back to the 1930’s and 40’s in the US. I plan to conduct in-depth research on dance artists and companies who are using movement to advocate for social change. Specifically, I am interested in the work of Anna Halprin, Liz Lerman, Dance Exchange, Axis Dance, Paloma McGregor, and Jennifer Monson. With funding from a Miller Arts Scholar Award, I will develop an advocacy campaign for a social policy issue specific to the Charlottesville and UVa community. The year-long advocacy campaign will include two movement workshops with members of the community that will serve as fodder for the creation of a choreographic work as part of the dance program’s spring concert.
UVA Art Scholars

Michael Giovinco, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

Interactive Technology, Lighting, Perception, and the Actor

Interactive technology has begun a sweeping sensation among different art forms. It has, in many ways, created a crossroads between the disciplines. Theatrical groups like Enra, a Japanese dance troupe, have begun using advanced video tracking software and projectors to have the dancers control the environment around them with their movement. Many groups use varying forms of motion tracking to nail down lighting cues, to control projected images, to warp sound effects, and more. This list is growing every day.
UVA Art Scholars

Michael Giovinco, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

The Circus and Devised Performance

My proposed project is to craft and perform a devised, movement-based circus show with the advice of Associate Professor Marianne Kubik after taking classes this summer at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. I specifically trust Professor Kubik’s guidance because of her extensive knowledge in movement direction and devised performance. Over the course of the next school year, I will rehearse and stage this show with the help of the Moonlight Circus Group in Charlottesville. Funds from this grant would go towards supporting classes, purchasing equipment for practice and performance, and towards supplies for making costume and set pieces.
UVA Art Scholars

Kingston Liu, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

Training and Research on Funk-style Dance

In this project, I will focus on honing my Hip Hop dance techniques and interview professional Hip Hop dancers in Beijing, China. While I have been deeply involved in the Urban Dance crews and community in my time at the University of Virginia, I haven’t had much exposure to the Hip Hop dance scene due to diminishing popularity of Hip Hop dance in America. However, the Hip Hop presence in Beijing is still strong, and the fact that various world-renown Hip Hop dancers live in Beijing makes it an ideal place for me to hone my skills and accumulate knowledge about Hip Hop.
UVA Art Scholars

Aspen Miller, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

10,000 Leagues Under the Narrative Sea

I aim to explore and experiment with the effects that varying narrative media has on storytelling. My areas of inquiry are: Can media interact to change or enhance a narrative? Can different media influence how individuals receive and internalize a story differently? Or do they receive it based off of their individual life experiences? Do media factors influence the audience’s response to a narrative? To explore these issues, I will tell the story “Big Wave and Little Wave” in four different ways using audio design, visual design, movement through dance, and finally as a written piece. I will survey to evaluate the audience’s experience of each mediated version of this story, and make a film about the project built around the audience responses of medium effectiveness.
UVA Art Scholars

Susan Xie, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Learning Limits

In the next year, I propose to learn the tradition of photography, from its historical inception to its modern day value. My primary goal is to document my learning process. I will gather information through formally practicing the art and experimentally researching its uses. I plan to study pinhole photography in Italy this summer, take an additional course on film photography in the fall, and conduct independent research on digital photography next spring. However, learning a new art form is a sweeping statement and requires limits such as in time, space, and content. Although I trade-off perspective by limiting my scope, I view these limits as necessary secondary goals that filter and make sense of information. Without these filters, I may learn nothing meaningful at all from the abundant pool of information I foresee accumulating. In a sense, my learning process mimics the camera. I will deliberately set specific limits, like exposure time and aperture, and choose the focus through certain lenses to record information.
UVA Art Scholars

Susan Xie, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Two Weeks to Create Colorado Landscapes

In my fourth year as a Miller Arts Scholar, I hope to further my studies in photography through two workshops in landscape photography and bookmaking at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado from Aug 8th to Aug 19th 2016. A $4,240 Fourth Year Award would allow me to build on my Third Year Award, which introduced me to the art of photography.

Class of 2016

UVA Art Scholars

Heidi Klockenbrink, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

UnderGROUNDS

Spreading across 1,700 acres of land, housing over 16,000 students, and having almost 200 years of history and traditions, the University of Virginia has more to offer than almost any one person can explore. With every person that I meet at UVA, I learn something new about this amazing university. Everyone here has discovered their own “UVA secret,” such as a favorite spot, a tasty local meal, an inspiring professor, or a shortcut to get to their next class. Now that I have taken a year’s worth of cinematography and digital media classes, I have the experience and knowledge to reveal these hidden gems on our campus in a documentary-style film that I plan to title: “UnderGROUNDS.” It will consist of interviews with students, professors, and local residents of Charlottesville who have unique secrets to share about UVA, along with footage of these special discoveries.
UVA Art Scholars

Cameron Mankin, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

"Yūgen" Artist's Book

What I propose as my project for the College Arts Scholars Arts Award is essentially a research project into the concept of yūgen executed in the media of printmaking and bookmaking. The ultimate product of this process would be a high quality artist's book, which might theoretically be composed of twenty copper etchings and dozens of polyester "pronto" plate lithographs (two types of prints that I feel I have an affinity for) bound into a book printed on extremely fine paper.
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Cameron Mankin, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

It's Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This!

The title of this proposed project comes from the 1986 videogame The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is spoken by an unknown by an unnamed old man who gives the player their first wooden sword. Prompted by this phrase, by Norman Mailer, by Joseph Beuys, and by Captain America, I propose to make a series of wooden shields. Onto these shields I will collage paintings and prints. I will then carry whatever shield I am currently working on with me throughout my daily routine.
UVA Art Scholars

Natalie May, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

American Popular Music as an Informal Cultural Diplomat

As an Arts Administration and Music double major with a particular interest in the intersection of arts and politics, I intend to spend the summer abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France to research the phenomenon of informal cultural diplomacy through the lens of American popular music as it functions in French society.
UVA Art Scholars

Brigid McDonald, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

Attending the 2014 National Flute Association Convention

I would like to use my Arts Scholars grant money to attend the National Flute Association's (NFA) Annual Convention. This is by far the most important event of the year for the flute-playing community; every year, over 4,000 flautists from around the world come together for four days to teach, learn, collaborate, and inspire. Ever since middle school, my private teachers have recommended that I attend the convention, but it's held in a different city every year (Chicago this year), and it has always been too expensive for me to make the trip. I'm confident that going to the convention will be extremely rewarding and beneficial for my musical skills and flute-playing abilities.
UVA Art Scholars

Brigid McDonald, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

Jazz Flute Study

For my Arts Scholars Award this past year, I attended the National Flute Convention in Chicago and chose some pieces I could work on that would highlight some things I learned at the convention. There were several workshops on jazz and improvisation, which I tried to incorporate into my project this year, but I found it very difficult. There are many elements of flute playing that are completely different between the jazz and classical styles, and classically- trained flute players have to essentially neglect everything they know about vibrato, tone, and reading music and start from scratch. My flute teacher knows a bit about jazz, but we both thought that I would make more progress learning from a jazz specialist.
UVA Art Scholars

Rachel Mink, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

A Study in German and German Lieder

My proposed project is an immersive study in German and German lieder to be completed through a study abroad in the fall semester of 2014. In the fall of 2014, I am studying in Vienna, Austria with the IES Abroad Music Program. Home to an astounding number of composers (from Haydn to Mozart to Beethoven and Brahms), Vienna maintains its heritage with the richness of musical culture to this day.
UVA Art Scholars

Rachel Mink, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

A Study of American Opera and Pedagogy

My proposed project is an immersive study of voice and opera, right here in Charlottesville. This summer, I am remaining local, after having studied abroad twice in my career as student (first to Florence, then to Vienna, both times to study opera). While I have gained an immense knowledge of opera and vocal technique through these experiences, in the summer between my third and fourth year at the University, I would like to take a chance to study the American opera tradition as well as continue my own training. In order to do so, I will be working in two different capacities. First, I will be working with my voice teacher, Professor Pam Beasley and my accompanist, Karen Dalton. Second, I will be interning with Ash Lawn Opera.
UVA Art Scholars

George Schwartz, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

Solo Piano Performance (Across the Ages)

My proposal for my 3rd year arts scholar application is a formal solo piano performance (apprx. Time 1 hour) in Old Cabell Hall. This would be similar to a final DMP performance done by music majors, but since I am a double major in physics and chemistry, I can't do this performance through conventional means. I am planning for the performance to be in December of 2014, or February 2015; depending on availability of the hall.
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George Schwartz, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

Solo Piano Performance (Iberian Themed)

For my arts scholar proposal of 2015, I am requesting funds for a similar project to what I did for my arts scholar grant of 2014, setting up my own solo piano performance in Old Cabell Hall. This upcoming year, I want to set a performance more along the lines of a professional solo performance, so the program will be significantly larger, and encompassing works from a wider range of musical eras. These works will reflect the music I have played over my many years as a pianist, from early high school and then throughout college. The theme of the concert will be focused around an Iberian theme, since pieces I have played in the past (especially the Rhapsodie and 2nd movement of the Estampes) has Spanish qualities to them.

Margaret Via, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Nest

Nest will be a project with two simultaneous bodies of work. I plan to create a series of photographs while also making an Artist's Book. The Artist's Book will primarily consist of printmaking processes and mixed media, while the photographs will stand apart from the physical book. Together both book and photographs should be coherent thematically.

Margaret Via, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Print and the relational aesthetic

I want to explore this theme of environmental art, and the relational aesthetic in as many ways as I can. As I have a background in analog photography, I wish to still use this medium integrally as a way to inform my printing and the topics at hand. The format of the book has been always been fascinating to me, and I hope to examine further what an Artist’s Book is and is not. Therefore, I intend to produce prints, books (or some form of the book, e.g. zine), and photographs during this time of research.

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Olivia Bona, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

Neoclassical Composition for DMP Recital

I will make an original composition for piano and oboe. I will compose this piece in hopes to perform it in my Distinguished Major Program recital. My personal objective for this project is to learn about compositional techniques while also producing a composition I will perform in front of an audience. I hope to write a one-movement oboe sonata in the neoclassical style.
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Olivia Bona, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

The Modern Classics

I propose to continue my 3rd year Arts Award grant project to compose an oboe and piano sonata for my 4th year DMP recital. I want to continue this project because I believe one semester of work is not enough to complete the sonata to my liking or to fulfilling my original vision. My methodology has not changed since the first proposal. I will continue to make my sonata more virtuosic and soloistic by meeting with my mentor and several UVA composition experts. I hope to learn about neoclassical composition and how to create a successful piece of art.
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Mary Davis, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

“The Trilogy of Feminine Mystique” Film Project

This semester, the executive members of the Filmmakers Society have decided to make a collaborative horror film in three acts, inspired by Central Virginian folklore and ghost stories. It will be in the vain of an exquisite corpse style project— à la Paris, Je T’aime or New York, I Love You.
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Mary Davis, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

An Exploration of Theatre and Film in Washington DC

This summer and throughout my fourth year I would like to further explore my crafts in theatre and film, primarily acting and cinematography. I am applying for funding in order to accomplish two things this summer while living in the Washington, D.C. area: I hope to take two 8-week acting classes at the Studio Theatre and make several short 16mm films.
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Elena Dimitri, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

Brasil; Dança e Relaçoes

With assistance from the Arts Award, this summer I will travel to Brazil to collect research on Brazilian dance culture to view its role as both an art and social form. I want to see if dance has any impact on race relations or individuals’ interactions with diversity. Through travel, conversations with citizens, and participation in dance forms, I will observe the state of diversity in Brazil.
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Elena Dimitri, Dance

Rising 4th Year Award

Brasil; Dança e Relaçoes

From May 22nd to June 21st, I will participate in University of Southern Florida's study abroad program in Salvador, Bahia. The program's theme revolves around Afro-Brazilian Culture and Society, which will undoubtedly inform my research. The course will touch on Brazilian colonization, slavery, and contemporary race and ethic relations. The course readings and my professor will be valuable resources that will help guide my research. In addition to the cultural course, I am enrolled in an intermediate Portuguese language through the local university, Faculdade Social da Bahia (FSBA). The language instruction will improve my ability to communicate with Brazilians, which will also strengthen the quality of my research.
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Rebecca Galt, Dance

Rising 3rd Year Award

Dance for Parkinson’s

I desire to learn more about the methods used to help people with Parkinson’s disease through dance, and I believe that this grant will help me discover the benefits and practices of dance therapy while concentrating on Parkinson’s disease. For me, this project will begin my exploration into the potential uses of dance as treatment and to help me gain a better perspective on the real benefits of dance for Parkinson’s patients. It also will be exciting to uncover more associations between my academic and artistic studies.
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Rebecca Galt, Dance

Rising 4th Year Award

Creation of a Senior Concert through the Exploration of my Choreographic Process

This grant will help me further discover and expand upon my movement vocabulary so that I can continue to generate innovative movement and find new inspiration for my next choreographic effort.
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Ava Lonergan, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Returning to Woodberry: A Photographic Exploration

I grew up at Woodberry Forest School, an all-male boarding high school tucked away in rural Madison County, Virginia. In addition to living on campus from the age of four, I became the only female student there for my final three years of high school. I’m interested in returning to Woodberry to explore, for a year, its unique culture through photography.
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Ava Lonergan, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Photography and Bookmaking

I would like to apply the knowledge and skills learned in Pam's Photobook class and the Penland workshop to create a book of photographs from the Woodberry Project I've been working on this semester (funded by the 3rd Year Arts Scholars Arts Award I received in the fall). While I have taken a lot of photographs at Woodberry, I currently do not have any plans to exhibit them or present them (other than a PowerPoint for the 3rd Year Arts Scholars Award Presentations on April 27). The photographs are meaningful to me and could be a useful addition to Woodberry's archives. I'd love to create an edition of five books that present my Woodberry photographs and a short essay on my project and my relationship with Woodberry.
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Julia Pedrick, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Sculptural and symbolic study of the mother archetype

Throughout my psychology studies, I have found that Jung’s collective unconscious is a fascinating psychological theory that I would like to put into artistic terms. The collective unconscious is the idea (albeit very theoretical) that within a species, all members have some sort of innate, unconscious knowledge of universal human concepts. These concepts, which are very often figures of some sort, are called archetypes. Of the seven key archetypes that Jung describes, I am most drawn to the mother archetype. Relating to the idea of the ‘universal mother’, I am also interested in the therapeutic idea of a mother. In therapy, the therapist passes no judgment and offers the patient almost no personal information about him or herself. By doing this, the therapist in a way simulates unconditional love; a sensation most people only feel with their mothers (and fathers) when they are very young. My goal is to unify these two psychological aspects in a tangible, artistic sculpture that a viewer could see and maybe understand (or subconsciously understand) the ideas behind it.
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Julia Pedrick, Studio Art

Rising 4th Year Award

Continuation of Archetype of Mother Figure

I am interested in further exploring the mother archetype, but also the other archetypal figures. My goal is to make as many of the seven figures in a sculptural or performance art form. I want the audience to experience the collective unconscious by interacting with three-dimensional works, or by interacting with a space or myself in a performance piece. This project is intended to have a definite sculpture to end with, but it also serves as research or a study of the archetypes on a personal level.
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Alex Rafala, Drama

Rising 3rd Year Award

Farewell Old Stringy

My goal is to make a short film and submit it to film festivals. Potential Film Festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, and many others.
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Alex Rafala, Drama

Rising 4th Year Award

Farewell Old String Post Production Costs

Goal: To continue funding for my ongoing film project, Farewell Old Stringy. The first Arts Scholars Award I applied for and received was dedicated to the Pre-Production and Production phases. This grant will supplement the Post-Production costs, which will include Film Festival Submissions Fees and Manufacturing and Distributing Kickstarter Rewards. Post-Production is extremely important in the film making process because it determines whether or not the film is seen, exhibition being the ultimate goal and desire of a filmmaker.
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Erica Ruth, Studio Art

Rising 3rd Year Award

Women in Transition

There is a recent trend in our society to not only document every milestone in one’s life, but to now professionally document it. From new loves and engagements, to marriages and anniversaries, our culture has become obsessed and deeply intertwined with the idea that one must have outstanding pictures of a moment to make it last. But what about those transitions in life that don’t normally warrant a photograph? A new relationship, a breakup, a new child, a shift in sexuality, a new responsibility-everyday can be a new experience for someone, and these experiences can shape and mold who we are as people in an instant. I wish to capture a moment in a woman’s life when this transformation is taking place.
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Thomas Scheevel, Music

Rising 3rd Year Award

Variable Undertone Effects Unit

I am currently building an electronic effects unit with the goal of helping a modern musician with two challenges that have been present for as long as instrumental music has been in existence- thinness of a solo line and the sluggishness of bass instruments. This unit addresses these issues by adding undertones into the audio signal.
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Thomas Scheevel, Music

Rising 4th Year Award

Open Architecture Effects Unit

My project aims to introduce a new class of digital effects unit, by taking the technology to its next level of abstraction. The full system will be comprised of a small computer running audio processing software, and a set of physical control switches, sliders, pedals, or any other of the myriad physical sensors available today. Audio will be processed through the computer, with the performer controlling the effects using their network of physical sensors. What will be developed here is a set of effects software and a hardware interface protocol to connect live controls to the effects unit.