Previous Artist Minigrants

Spring 2019

Kate Bollinger

Merchandise & Resources Fund

For my minigrant, I am proposing access to a fund for merchandise, which will cover the cost to order the totes, shirts, stickers, etc., and the cost of the artist’s time and work. The rest of the fund, after the initial merchandise order and artist payout, will go toward paying future artists for their work and future re-orders of merchandise.

Jakob Cansler

Hans Garbo and an Introduction into Film Directing

I am applying for funding to cover costumes and props as well as equipment that would otherwise not be affordable. I also intend to purchase a subscription to Masterclass, which provides online video masterclasses from industry professionals in various fields.

Savannah Edwards

Directorial Growth

I am proposing a minigrant project to help me gain more experience as a theatre and film director through a combination of observation, instruction, and practice.

Tina Hashemi

Continuing the Development of a Jazz Portfolio

I hope to spend this semester continuing to develop my portfolio by purchasing a recording device that I can use to record my performances as well as a year-long subscription to squarespace to maintain my website, to which I will upload the recordings. This project is of exceptional importance to me in my development as a professional musician since high quality sound recordings will allow me to represent my best self to bookers and others in the jazz scene.

Payton Moledor

Tap Shoes: For Summer Theatre and Beyond

I am applying to the Artist Mini Grant to purchase a pair of LaDuca Roxie Hard Sole Tap Shoes and a pair of Capezio FlexMaster Tap Shoes. A quality pair of split-sole tap shoes will allow me to work on more intricate and complicated tap dancing, while a pair of LaDuca high-heel shoes that meet industry standards will be invaluable for performing as and auditioning for almost every tap-heavy female character in the musical theatre cannon, such as the one I will be portraying in Newsies this summer.

Veronica Seguin

Actor Enrichment Initiative

In applying for this mini grant, I seek funding for a general dusting of enrichment across my acting career. In a world that relies progressively more upon technology by the day, I endeavor to apply the notion of digital presence to my growing acting career by purchasing the domain veronicaseguin.com and subsequently hosting that website through WordPress. In the realm of Musical Theatre enrichment, I hope to purchase a longer-lasting and better-quality pair of character shoes from LaDuca Shoes for dancing in anticipated summer and future productions.

Anna Warner

Images, Still and Moving

The project I am proposing is three short films in cinematography by the end of the semester through which I can explore the medium specificity of film. My three films will be shot on color negative 16mm film using Bolexes, and they will be scanned and edited digitally. Through a semester of planning, writing, buying costumes, constructing sets, filming, recording sound, and editing, I hope to learn more about this medium and also how I can also apply it to strengthen my Studio Art major concentration of photography.

Fall 2019

Kate Bollinger

“No Other Like You” Music Video Fund

I have countless video ideas and have plans to co-direct a video with a friend of mine, Bridget Hamel, who does creative direction and styling, but don’t have the funding to properly compensate a videographer for their work. For my minigrant, I am proposing access to a music video fund that will cover the costs of a music video for my upcoming single, “No Other Like You”.

Emily Buckley

Flute and Electronics

My goal is to produce an album featuring the unique combination of flute and electronic sounds. An essential feature of the home production studio is monitor speakers to allow me to hear the finer details of the mix with greater precision.

Jakob Cansler

Directing a Staged Reading

I want to continue gaining experience with directing this semester in two parts. First, I want to expand my exposure to plays by ordering and reading eighteen scripts, so that I will have more knowledge of the theatre canon, and also so that I will own those plays should I need copies of them in the future. When looking for plays to purchase, I specifically sought out plays that I could possibly see myself directing in the future, so having knowledge of these plays will be even more useful as I continue my studies and eventually start a career in directing.

Adam Cooper

Experimental Music Project (The Cello and Beyond), a continuation

I am hoping to continue to expand the work I am currently doing in regards to combining my passion for cello with electronic music. The equipment I received from the Rising 3rd Year Grant has been absolutely incredible, but I realize that certain, new pieces would be incredibly helpful for creating a more productive workflow.

Imani Edwards

Summer Festival Audition Fund

I am hoping to use this grant to finance my auditions, including application fees and other expenses such as hiring a videographer, for a number of summer festivals on the viola. Preparing for these auditions requires a level of focus and dedication that will be in itself extremely beneficial to the development of my confidence in playing the viola, as my primary instrument is the violin. The high-quality application materials I would be able to produce with the help of this mini-grant would allow me to present the best audition possible and increase my chances of being selected to attend one of these programs, which would further help me develop my skills as a violist.

Tina Hashemi

Attending the Jazz Education Network Conference

I am applying for a MAS Minigrant to attend the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana this coming winter from January 7th to January 10th. This conference, held in the birthplace of jazz, offers vocal jazz and improvisation clinics, networking opportunities, presentations about the jazz industry and research, masterclasses, and top-tier jazz performances.

Margaret Kim

Adding Color to Sculptures of Biologically Possible Alien Organisms

I am requesting a mini grant to fund an airbrush, along with an air compressor, paints and inks to be used with the airbrush, pigments, airbrush cleaning tools, and few other consumable sculpting materials.

Cordelaine Klyne

BalletNova Open Class

I would like, over the course of winter break, to alleviate this period of lethargy by attending open classes at BalletNova Center for Dance, which offers classes at the appropriate age and skill level during this time. The opportunity to study under new instructors often results in exposure to new techniques and imagery that help with technique, artistry, and quality. I plan to take a number of pointe, jazz, and/or musical theatre classes.

Payton Moledor

A Study of the British Theatre: West End to Shakespeare and Beyond

I am applying to the Artist Mini Grant to pay for tickets to attend 16 diverse plays and musicals over the course of three months of research in London. I will be attending these shows during the months of October, November, and December. These 16 shows represent a diverse selection of theatre, and each production will teach me something else about the kind of theatre I want to create and the type of actor I want to be.

Ava Reynolds

Screen Printing Studio Space

I’m applying for an Artist Minigrant to develop a screen printing studio space to further the screen printing skills I learned this past summer. I was only able to create two small prints in the workshop I attended, and I would like to work with larger screens using more colors and layering techniques. If awarded, I would use the grant to purchase functioning silkscreens, screen printing inks, and other subsequent supplies like squeegees, squeegee holders, photo emulsion paste, printing paper etc.

Veronica Seguin

Headshot Proposal

I will take a headshot photoshoot in line with my newly discovered TriForce from Stella Adler. After meeting with an agent at Stella, I determined my TriForce (see description above in Proposal Abstract) and am ready to design a photo shoot in line with its aesthetic. Essentially, the agent delivered 3-4 ideal projects he could see us getting cast in, and our job was to discover who casts those projects, how to reach them, and how their agencies are rated.

Maile-Rose Smith

Dramatic Development and Skill Strengthening

In seeking professional acting opportunities, I often use Backstage to find and apply for film and television roles. By purchasing the domain name maille-rosesmith.com, I can enhance my applications for roles in film, TV, and theatre; steer casting directors toward my full resume and videos of my monologues and demo reels; and more effectively promote myself as an artist.

Lyla Ward

Capturing Queerness on Black and White Reversal Film

Over the summer I lived in New York and interned at New York City Players with the aid of my Third Year Award. Outside of my internship, I attended various drag and queer theater performances, as well as LGBTQIA+ focused art exhibitions. Those experiences inspired and informed my current plan to make a collage style short film focused on the queer style aesthetics and queer party spaces of UVA. I plan to shoot this film observationally with my DSLR camera as well as the art department’s 16mm cameras beginning in mid November and wrapping sometime in February/March of 2020. I plan to edit in March and April and exhibit the film at the WXTJ student radio art show in late spring 2020.

Kia Wassenaar

Scenes in Print

Combining my interest in new media and knowledge of the Adobe Suite with this newfound interest in photography, I have produced a number of vibrant, otherworldly images which I would like to reproduce in the form of high quality color prints. The process of color printing is very expensive, but would enable me to submit these works to galleries and other contests in the Charlottesville area.

Isabella Whitfield

Paper Sculptures: A Continuation

For my mini grant proposal, I would like to attend the one-day Sculptural Flax workshop at Carriage House Paper. By attending this workshop, I will increase my knowledge of using paper as a sculptural material, incorporating nylon stocking armatures and high shrinkage unbleached flax.

Elizabeth (Liza) Wimbish

Camera Upgrade

I am requesting a Miller Arts Scholars Minigrant to purchase a 6x7 Medium Format Camera, a 6x7 negative carrier for my enlarger, and black and white 120 format film. After considering my history with photography this far, I think this camera would be a good equilibrium between the TLR I was exposed to and the 35mm camera I used priorly; because of this, working with this camera would be an asset in furthering my work.

Zohar (Zoe) Ziff

GagaLab in Tel Aviv, Israel Over Winter Break

Gaga is a movement language developed by Batsheva Dance Company and its artistic director Ohad Naharin. Rather than use mirrors to direct dance through shape, Gaga encourages students to improvise based on imagery and somatic experiences while following an instructor. I have taken Gaga classes and workshops before.

Spring 2018

Kristen Barrett

The Globe Theatre

In Fall 2018, I will be directing Romeo and Juliet, reimagining it as an interracial love story set in the summer after the Rodney King riots. The Capulet family will be African-American; the Montague family will be Caucasian; and other characters associated with neither or both families (i.e. The Prince, Friar Laurence) will be portrayed by primarily non-black minorities.
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Alice Clair

“Keep Talking” Single Release Complete with Music Video

Under the name Alice Clair, I intend to record and release a full-length album complete with full band arrangements by the end of this summer. In line with this plan, I have committed to playing a show at The Southern Café and Music Hall on April 25 with my new backing group. This project of recording and releasing a single, along with filming a music video, will serve to promote both the show and the album, as well as my first professionally published material.

Savannah Edwards

A Summer at Studio Theatre

I am currently in the process of applying to several summer theatre internships, the majority of which are located in Washington, D.C. My top choice is a part-time literary internship at Studio Theatre. As a literary intern, I would be compiling dramaturgical research on current and upcoming shows, analyzing scripts for upcoming seasons, and assisting with various writing and editing assignments for the Studio Theatre Literary Department. This internship is unpaid, however I would be provided with a monthly metro card, complimentary tickets, opportunities to attend educational seminars led by the theatre professionals who work there, and half-price tuition for classes and workshops at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. The application for this particular internship is due on March 23rd, so it is unlikely that I will know about my acceptance until mid-April.
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Rachel Good

Resources for Dance Videography and Technique Improvement

When I put my heart and soul into a piece of choreography, usually all I have to remember it by and show for it is a low quality cell phone video filmed from the back of the dancers in the mirror. I love watching these videos though. They have a special place in my heart. However, when I show them to other people, I am often met with confusion. It is hard for other people to register what I am trying to communicate to my audience through the lense of a narrow cell phone camera, filtered by the reflection of a mirror. Accordingly, my goal is to start compiling a collection of high quality videos of my dancing and choreography. This material could potentially even be used to update my current dance reel (made with an iPhone camera).
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Chuanyuan Liu

Attending Baroque Workshop at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival

I am applying for the MAS Minigrant to attend the Baroque Workshop at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival this coming summer from June 10th to June 16th in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This intimate workshop, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is designed to give participants hands- on experience in Baroque technique and interpretation through a series of masterclasses and coaching sessions.
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Daniel McCarter

Cinematography Advancement

I seek to Obtain a Cannon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens to allow me to be more independent as a filmmaker. As of now I own an extreme wide angle lens (warps the image), am borrowing a wide angle lens (good for establishing shots), am borrowing a telephoto lens (good for extreme close-ups). The one camera lens I do not have is a 50mm which is often cited as the most standard most used lens for filmmakers on a tight budget.
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Anna Morgan

Deconstructing the Artist Book

I would like to ask for support to purchase various bookmaking materials, including paper, thread, and wax, as well as funds to purchase my own typewriter; despite having access to one in the studio, I would like my own to further explore the options without commandeering it from the rest of the class and so that I may pursue this work beyond the classroom on my own time and terms both in and out of school. I also have acrylic paint and medium in my budget for staining paper. I will use materials I already have for etchings and other prints.
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Alexandra Murphy

The Acquisition of Dance through Videography

I seek to be able to more thoroughly explore my creative process in two different realms of dance. One exploratory video project will be on the ways other art forms can inspire dance movement. The other project will be focused on a way to portray dance to the rest of the population through videography on social media. I want to do this in order to create an online platform to build off of for future work.

Fall 2018

Elissa Bardhi

Oil Painting

I am applying for the artist minigrant to find a way back to oil painting. With this grant I will have the resources I need to create a large oil painting that ties to my realism roots. This would be different than every project I have ever indulged in because it would have no guidelines, no short-term biweekly due date, and no grade. This grant would give me the opportunity to produce the art I once knew and loved on a grand scale.

Kate Bollinger

Funding for Recording Equipment

When I got to UVa, I began to record with other musicians and producers, ultimately using the microphones they had at their disposal, but I have always known that in order to create the music that I dream about creating, I will need more high quality recording equipment. My current goal is to continue recording the solo album that I have been working on and to record and release work under the artist name LAMB, a collaborative project I have been working on.
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Claire Burke

Beyond the Image: America’s National Parks

I would most like to expand the opportunities to show the film within the Charlottesville community, specifically hosting an exhibition focused on environmentalism in art. To accomplish these goals, I need connections to potential showing locations and funds to host an exhibition and apply for festivals.

Jakob Cansler

Researching British Acting and Directing Techniques

My main goal in this project is to view as much professional, high-quality theatre as I can in a one week period so that I can study the techniques of the top artists in the business. Using the Artist Minigrant provided by the Miller Arts Scholars program, I intend to fly to London for five nights and see five professional shows on the West End over the course of my time there.
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Kaiming Cheng

VR headset Purchase for Sound Engineering

With the help of the Miller Arts Scholars Minigrant Program, I would be able to purchase a fully-functioned VR headset, and add more functionalities and various novel human computer interactions on my project.
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Alice Clair

Femme Funk: A Female Musician Showcase (ROUND TWO)

This year I would like to bring back Femme Funk, a female musician showcase for the communities of Charlottesville and UVA. I will again work in conjunction with Sheville, a socially conscious organization born from HackCville’s platform that aims to raise awareness and funds for women’s health and counseling resources in Charlottesville. The event will take place at either The Southern on the downtown mall or at the IX Art Park, only two blocks from the downtown mall. The showcase will be sponsored by WXTJ and Sheville, among other local businesses and people like EpicCville, 92.3 Rock Hits, and Danny Shea of the Southern.

Bryce Cuthriell

Continuation of Performance Intensive

It is my intention to visit Steps on Broadway and take ballet and modern classes, as well as American Repertoire Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and a few other dance schools in NYC. I want to use this trip as a continuation of my studies over the summer in Columbus, and to reinforce the things I learned there. Also, I would like to participate in a couple company auditions while I am there. My overall objective, as before, is to continue to build my technique and artistry. I also hope to be able to glean more ideas and inspiration for choreography at the dance department at UVa. The entire project will take place over the course of two or three days.

Savannah Edwards

We’ll Hear a Play

I am requesting a Minigrant to help fund the education and equipment I need to explore this medium of dramatic writing and production. The most integral expense to this project is a highly-rated online class called “How to Start a Podcast” from an arts education service called Creative Live. This course has four different sections “Podcasting 101,” “Essential Storytelling Techniques,” “Start Your Profitable Podcast & Build a Brand,” and “Power Your Podcast with Storytelling.”

Jack Gereski

Graduate School Application Fees

I am applying for the Miller Arts Scholar Minigrant to help fund the application fees associated with applying to graduate school for Acting. As of now, I am planning to apply to at least four graduate programs: Yale School of Drama, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Actors Studio School at Pace University.

Tina Hashemi

Establishing Eligibility for Consideration in Musical Employment, Workshops and Competitions

I will work closely with vocal jazz instructor Stephanie Nakasian to prepare my voice and scatting skills and with graduate student Rami Stucky to create arrangements of jazz standards to perform on the recording. I will then go into the studio within a month to record at Virginia Arts Recording. During this time, I will create a website through Squarespace that will contain pictures and videos of previous gigs, a biography, and future gigs.
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Marcha Kiatrungrit

Preparation for Fourth Year Recital

During my four years at the University of Virginia, the development of my voice has reflected my own personal growth, and I hope to share this journey at my Fourth Year Recital at Brooks Hall on March 24, 2019 at 13:00.
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Chuanyuan Liu

Preparation Materials for Spring 2019 Audition Season

I am applying for the MAS Minigrant to support my upcoming preparation materials for graduate school auditions and summer program auditions. In addition to a well written resume, it is essential for candidates to provide professional headshots and high quality recordings to compile a competitive application, and both of them can be quite expensive.
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Daniel McCarter

Becoming a Self-Sustaining Artist

If were to receive this minigrant I would begin by filming family gatherings and unplanned events around the home in order to get comfortable with the new equipment. I would then proceed to edit the films together on Adobe. After I felt confident doing that I would start shooting my own stories or helping other people with their films using my equipment.
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Michelle Miles

Don’t Get My Chair In It

With this project, I hope to expand the frame of my work’s composition to include subject matter that I have never addressed before. With the funds from this grant, I would gain the opportunity to revisit voices from my childhood to capture and share stories through my medium, 16mm film, that I’ve gained a newfound confidence to work in.

Payton Moledor

Exploration of the Actor's Spoken Voice

I am applying to the Artist Mini Grant in the amount of $450 to fund 6 personal training sessions with Tovah Close to explore the actor’s spoken voice and improve my oral skills as a performer.
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Anna Morgan

The Intersection of Photography and Printmaking

I would end the semester with a final portfolio of at least fifteen color photographs, four print projects, and some hybrid creations utilizing both mediums. I expect the work, again, to be similar to what I produce in class, but hopefully with the support of Miller Arts Scholars I will be able to push my work even more. I believe this symbiotic relationship of photos versus prints would grow my work tremendously and help push me to a stronger 4th Year Show in the Spring as well.
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Emily Schmid

Theatre of the Oppressed Performance for Distinguished Majors Thesis

The research I am conducting will be multidisciplinary drawing on skills from performance studies, ethnography, administration, and theatre arts. I will serve in the role of producer, stage manager, and director for the theatre piece that the students create. Additionally, I will work as a teacher to pass on my knowledge of Theatre of the Oppressed to the students. The beauty of Theatre of the Oppressed is that it is devised theatre, so there is no need to purchase rights to a show.
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Shannon Spence

Going Big: Public Art and Self-Promotion

Entering into my fourth and final year at UVA and my second as a Miller Arts Scholar, I am struck with the urgency of my situation. This time next year I will no longer have access to the support of an art department, professors and classmates, and there will be no large student body as a potential audience. Therefore, this semester I am planning a forward approach to marketing my art to greater UVA.

Heidi Waldenmaier

Company Class with the Charlottesville Ballet

The Charlottesville Ballet offers open company class every weekday at 10am. I’d like to attend this class every Friday morning for the remainder of the semester. Although I am a dance minor and would love to take class with the department, my class and rehearsal schedule as a drama major does not allow for it at this time. Each ballet class costs 19 dollars with my student discount which will add up, making it beyond what is affordable on my student budget. I am asking for 200 dollars to fund tuition and gas expenses over the course of the semester.

Meghan Walther

Analyzation of Dance Performances from the United States to Italy

Every ballet company has different dancers, directors, and styles, which is why I would find it to be a culturally enriching experience to analyze the similarities and differences of two professional ballet companies’ performances. Since I am planning to study abroad for this upcoming January 2019 in Rome, I will have the opportunity to attend a ballet performance while abroad to further my artistic curiosity. My project will be set up into three parts. I will analyze a ballet in Rome, followed by a ballet in the United States. Then, I will reflect upon both by writing a detailed report discussing the similarities and differences of each production.

Anna Warner

Photographs and the Silver Window of Reality

The specific hypothesis that I am investigating is this: in the way that all photographs are lies, there is a specific type of film that is the most genuine depiction of truth that the deceit of photography can muster. The film type I am referring to is color positive, or slide film.

Kia Wassenaar

Drawing, Paintings and Portfolio Making

I have several ideas for drawings that I believe would translate well to paintings. While I have never worked extensively in this medium, I am eager to explore and experiment, particularly within the world of acrylics and watercolors. The materials needed to get started with painting (an easel, canvases, brushes, the paint itself, etc.) can be expensive, which is why this Minigrant would be essential.

Isabella Whitfield

Merging Different Materials and Artistic Processes

I am proposing a project that will span to the end of the fall semester. I am requesting funds to help purchase a Wacom Intuos Pro Paper drawing tablet. This tool allows artists to have editable digital files of artwork without compromising the familiar pen to paper process of creating. For my project, I will create a series of six digital paintings that will explore the potential of merging traditional and digital materials. I will closely document my artistic process to provide a clear picture of the utilization of these materials. Adobe Photoshop software will be used to compile and edit my artwork via tablet.

Spring 2017

Elena Anderson

Professional Actor Headshots with Ted Ely

An actor’s headshots are one of the most important tools in her arsenal. It is usually the first thing a director sees, the first thing an agent sees, and the first impression of you in any audition. A professional-looking headshot is vital to an actor just starting out in the business. Unfortunately, they can be expensive for someone on a student’s budget.
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Wesley Diener

Third Year Recital

We, Josephine Miller and Wesley Diener, are applying for an Art Scholars Minigrant to support our upcoming third year recital and associated fees. On February 12, we will offer a third year recital at the University Baptist Church. As music majors in the department’s competitive performance concentration, we both pursue active opera and art song performances schedules.
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Krista Hartmann

Documenting the Artistic Process—An Instant Photography Study

I am currently a second year Echols Scholar double majoring in Studio Art and Biology. I am requesting funding from the Miller Arts Scholars Minigrant Program to support the cost of a Polaroid film project aiming to document and expose the artistic process.
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Taylor Lamb

Summer Conservatory Tuition

I am requesting to be funded in the form of a Miller Arts Scholar Minigrant to support the costs of tuition to attend the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s summer conservatory.
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Josephine Miller

Third Year Recital

We, Josephine Miller and Wesley Diener, are applying for an Art Scholars Minigrant to support our upcoming third year recital and associated fees. On February 12, we will offer a third year recital at the University Baptist Church. As music majors in the department’s competitive performance concentration, we both pursue active opera and art song performances schedules.

Fall 2017

Kristen Barrett

Researching Theatrical Adaptations

As an English and Drama double major, I am deeply interested in adapting novels/novellas/short stories into theatrical productions. Ever since I acted in a one-act adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying , I have felt drawn to this literary and artistic practice that seems like a perfect marriage of my two majors. To better pursue this interest, I would like to spend winter break viewing and analyzing theatrical adaptations as I work on my own adaptation of Passing by Nella Larsen, a Harlem Renaissance novella and one of my favorite pieces of literature.
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Kaiming Cheng

Documenting Performance

Request funding from the Miller Arts Scholars Minigrant Program to reimburse the cost for Film Documenting during performance in Downtown Charlottesville, UVA Bicentennial Celebration and Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington,DC.
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Luc Cianfarani

Recording of Improvisations on a Painting by Jules Olitski

This March, I have the opportunity to create professional quality recordings for a work I am writing for piano and live electronics with my friend Alexa in Glasgow, Scotland. I will incorporate these recordings into the electronics, and my piece will be premiered in May at Old Cabell Hall. This is a great chance to have a work of mine professionally recorded and collaborate with an incredibly talented young musician.
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Alice Clair

Femme Funk: A Female Musician Showcase for UVA and Charlottesville

I plan to organize and execute a female musician/artist showcase in conjunction with Sheville, a socially conscious organization born from HackCville’s platform that aims to raise awareness and funds for women’s health and counseling resources in Charlottesville. The event will take place at the Ante Room (219 Water St. W) off the downtown mall on Friday, December 1st. The goal of the event will be to provide a show and outlet for female performers in UVA and Charlottesville, as well as to raise awareness and funds for female-oriented organizations. To maintain this goal, the proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Women’s Initiative of Charlottesville and the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE), which will define this event as a non-profit benefit.
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Wesley Diener

The Last Five Years: Directing a Musical

We, Wesley Diener, Jack Gereski, and Maelisa Singer, are applying for Art Scholar Minigrants to fund our participation in the Lab Series production of The Last Five Years. The Department of Drama’s Lab Series will present Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years on November 18 and 19. Wesley will direct the musical, Jack will portray Jamie, and Maelisa will design the costumes. This production provides unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate drama students to take on larger responsibility within a professional theatrical environment. Our active participation in classes and departmental productions has equipped us with the necessary skills to stand on our own as artists.

Jack Gereski

The Last Five Years: Directing a Musical

We, Wesley Diener, Jack Gereski, and Maelisa Singer, are applying for Art Scholar Minigrants to fund our participation in the Lab Series production of The Last Five Years. The Department of Drama’s Lab Series will present Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years on November 18 and 19. Wesley will direct the musical, Jack will portray Jamie, and Maelisa will design the costumes. This production provides unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate drama students to take on larger responsibility within a professional theatrical environment. Our active participation in classes and departmental productions has equipped us with the necessary skills to stand on our own as artists.

Kirsten Hemrich

The Artist’s Book: A Temporal Landscape

I am proposing a semester long project which will take course over the fall semester. With the requested the funds to cover the costs of materials, I will learn about the craft of bookbinding and bind a book myself. I intend to create an artist’s book which will merge poetry writing and various drawing techniques.
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Marcha Kiatrungrit

FAVA Grand Concours & My Misc Tape: An Album

As photographers might make a photo album of their work, I hope to create an audio album of my life, focusing on my time at the University of Virginia, where my love for music blossomed and has grown exponentially ever since. My passions in music lie in performance, compositions, and production. With my engineering degree, I plan on pursuing sound engineering and music production. This project will allow me to create an album as a showcase of what I have learned so far at UVA and a celebration of the relationships and love that I have formed. My Miscellaneous Tape will be the intersection of all the angles of my passions for music and a journey to find out more about myself and the world.
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Chuanyuan Liu

Software Purchase for Composition and Sound Engineering

I am requesting funding from the Miller Arts Scholars Minigrant Program in order to support the cost of the software purchase for a major composition project with Lingxi Chinese Theatre in this academic year. Lingxi Chinese Theatre (灵犀中文话剧社) is the first and only non-profit Chinese theatre group at the University of Virginia. As a member of Associations of Chinese Theatre (ACT), an alliance of the top student-run Chinese theatre groups in universities across the US, Lingxi Chinese Theatre promotes strong cultural diversity, nurtures and serves as a resource of student talents and, introduces the inner workings of theatrical art to all that are interested.
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Nicholas Milkovich

Tetanus

I am requesting a Miller Art Scholar Mini Grant to pursue the construction of a large-scale sculpture. This sculpture will be part of the McGuffey Art Center show entitle Off the Wall beginning this October and ending in November. At the conclusion of the show, this sculpture will be the centerpiece of my fourth year concentration in Sculpture and will become a part of my fourth year show at the conclusion of the Spring Semester 2018.
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Josephine Miller

Taking the Next Step

I am applying for an Arts Scholars Minigrant to support my upcoming attempts to revamp my overall artist portfolio and publicity and any associated fees regarding voice and publicity. I will be focusing not only on fine-tuning my voice in preparation for recordings, my DMP, competitions in the Spring, and application to a master class in Carnegie Hall, but also improving my general online and real-life professional presence in the arts community through website, video, headshots, and resume updates.
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Anna Morgan

Layers of Selves

My proposed project involves the craft of bookmaking in relation to the meaning of “self” across time and interfaces. I imagine a trail of selves extending backward and forward in time, a constantlyIchanging definition of who we are. In addition to time, we create various selves via the internet, freezing ourselves in cyberspace on numerous social networks and websites. I currently am asking myself, how can I portray these layers of selves? How can I show these shadows of who we are in an art form? A book makes the most sense to me, as it is literally layers: pages one after another; once flipped, previous pages are past encounters while future pages wait to be seen. I would use Coptic binding for the more open format of the book, and a more obvious portrayal of layering.
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Braelyn Schenk

The Branding of an Artist: Video Series

These past few years I’ve written and performed my music periodically and am feeling, more so than ever, the urgency and necessity to make my work more accessible and shareable with others. Though I have the makings of an EP, before initiating steps toward full-band, studio recordings, I would like to begin with two to three excellently recorded and filmed videos. With a few bare-bones music videos I can begin the journey of branding myself and garnering a following as I simultaneously work to release a four-song EP by Summer 2018. These spreadable tools will launch me into my next steps as a musician and as a well-rounded creative, outside of the direct context of UVA.
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Maelisa Singer

The Last Five Years: Directing a Musical

We, Wesley Diener, Jack Gereski, and Maelisa Singer, are applying for Art Scholar Minigrants to fund our participation in the Lab Series production of The Last Five Years. The Department of Drama’s Lab Series will present Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years on November 18 and 19. Wesley will direct the musical, Jack will portray Jamie, and Maelisa will design the costumes. This production provides unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate drama students to take on larger responsibility within a professional theatrical environment. Our active participation in classes and departmental productions has equipped us with the necessary skills to stand on our own as artists.
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Shannon Spence

Study in Serigraphy – Art Postering

I am applying for the Miller Art Scholars Minigrant to study the art of serigraphy, more commonly known as screen-printing. This will fund private lessons in the photo-emulsion technique and a 3-month Artist Residency at Studio Two Three in Richmond, VA. In addition to being able to practice the art of serigraphy in a studio setting, I will be generating a body of work surrounding a formal interest in exploring color and form and a thematic interest in the tropes of college postering.

Heidi Waldenmaier

Preparation Materials for 2018 Spring Audition Season

My goal is to attend the Spring 2018 Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC) in Mobile, Alabama and audition as a dancer. I have been training in ballet and contemporary for years, but I have had little exposure to the styles that are highly sought by musical theatre companies. Dancers at musical theatre auditions are frequently asked to audition in character shoes as well as perform basic tap combinations. In order to compete against dancers with more training and audition opportunities, I have to diversify my abilities and prove that I am a malleable, versatile choice for hire. I want to remake my dance audition reel (which is out of date) with the additions of work in both character and tap shoes to show versatility. This reel can then be sent to theaters that are too far away to audition for shows in person.

Fall 2016

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Alexandra D'Elia

A Dança Portuguesa

I propose this Minigrant to help further equip my project, A Dança Portuguesa, so that it may result in a superb video documentary.
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Wesley Diener

Professional Materials for Young Artist Programs

I am applying for a Miller Art Scholar Artist Minigrant to support the costs of acquiring and developing professional audition materials for my applications in the coming operatic audition season.
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Kylie Grow

Archive Photo Essay

As explained in my first minigrant proposal in support of the peel-apart film photo essay originally titled Healing, later titled Living Just Around the Corner, I am submitting this second grant proposal to financially support the preservation of the images I made this summer.

Kirsten Hemrich

Student Art Show

Over the course of the past month, I have been organizing a student art show that will take place in GRIT Coffee House on Elliwood on the UVA corner. The show will include my work, as well as the work of fellow Miller Art Scholars, Emma Lewis and Corrinne James. I am requesting $500 in the form of a Minigrant to help cover the costs of framing my work and providing food at the opening reception. I am also requesting funds to rent the facility one night during the show to host an open mic night/ closing reception event.
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Aspen Miller

Narrative Illumination

Currently, I am furthering my study of film lighting as well as establishing a new student film production company, LabShorts. We, as a group, are in desperate need of a professional lighting workshop so we can increase the production value of our work, but more importantly, learn the role of light in the narrative process.
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Natalie Pernick

Ireland on Stage: An Exploration of Theatre in Ireland

With this funding, I would like to investigate the storytelling and stylistic elements of modern and classic Irish theatre pieces as well as the cultural impact of theatre in Ireland. In addition to viewing Irish-written pieces, I will view American and other foreign shows to gauge how Irish elements can be incorporated into foreign-born work and to explore the comparisons and contrasts between Irish performance art and the traditional American styles and elements of performance that I am familiar with. I will try to view an equal number of Irish pieces and foreign pieces. I will record observations and analysis of each performance to be compiled into a final comprehensive outcome statement at the conclusion of my semester abroad.

2015

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Luc Cianfarani

Summer Contemporary Music Study

Luc will travel to New York City this summer to study with renowned pianist, Anthony de Mare.
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Anne Codd

Navigation: A Study in Medium Format Film Photography

Anne will explore and experiment with vintage photography through the purchase a refurbished Yashica-D 6x6 camera and a refurbished Soviet LOMO Twin Lens Reflex camera, both from the mid 20th century.
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Alexandra D'Elia

Company E Summer Dance Intensive in Washington, D.C.

Alexandra will attend Company E’s Two-Week Summer Dance Intensive in Washington, DC.
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Wesley Diener

NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition

Wesley will travel to compete at NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition at College of Charleston in South Carolina.
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Vivien Fergusson

Preparation for Third-Year Arts Award at Bates Dance Festival

Vivien will spend time at Posture Studio Pilates in perparation for her attendance to the Bates Dance Festival.
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Kylie Grow

Decadence

Kylie received an Artist Minigrant to support the cost of hanging materials, and photo mats for a week long art opening of her independently produced investigative photo essay titled Decadence.
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Kylie Grow

Healing

Kylie will use minigrant funding to support the cost of producing an analytical photo essay in an unconventional medium that is typically treated as “toy photography”, or an antiquated household documentary sort of photography: instant Polaroid photograph.

Kirsten Hemrich

Repurposing Forgotten Photographs

Kirsten will create a series of mixed media paintings that incorporate forgotten, vintage photographs
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Corrinne James

"Moments"

Corrinne will purchase camera film, markers for illustrations, sketchpads and materials for use in creating a 4-5 minute long animated narrative about the idea of the self, life and the spirit.
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Steven Johnson

Theatre Through The Camera

Steven is proposing a personal research project focusing on photography in the theatre. He will study photography as a device to capture, preserve, and drive conversations about theatre design by photographing several productions at his job as an electrician for Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City. While he will not be able to add the production photos he takes at Lyric Theatre to his portfolio, as they are not his designs, he will have the time and access to complex lighting designs and be able to use them to learn how they interact with the camera and how to control it.
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Heidi Klockenbrink

Continuing Film Production

Heidi will purchase supplies to support her work in film production.
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Taylor Lamb

Entertainment Industries Council Internship

Taylor has been offered a position to serve as Entertainment Industries Council’s Intern for the summer of 2016. As an intern, she will be doing a variety of tasks including but not limited to: writing press releases, social media, and blogs, and assisting in the production of events such as the PRISM awards: an awards ceremony with the purpose of recognizing writers, producers, directors, musicians, actors, and actresses for their authentic storytelling of mental illness and substance abuse issues.
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Kingston Liu

Videography for Dance

Kingston recieved funding to further study videography techniques for dance.
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Aspen Miller

Ambient Noir: Sound and Storytelling

Aspen received an Artist Minigrant to support further study of the importance of sound in filmmaking and storytelling.
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Josephine Miller

NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition

Josephine will travel to compete at NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition at College of Charleston in South Carolina.
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Parima Sahbai

The Relation between Photography and Drawing

Parima will purchase photography equipment to further her development as a studio artist.
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Braelyn Schenk

Apples & Oranges-Further enabling a project on the move

Braelyn will conduct a series of documented sound and movement­ based improvisations on her own. Later in the project outline, she plans to bring in an outside photographer/videographer to capture workshops, interviews etc.
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Braelyn Schenk

Apples & Oranges-Further enabling a project on the move

Braelyn will purchase portable recording equipment in order to capture interviews, soundscapes, and other environments.
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Gabrielle Struckell

Summer Preparation for Dance Improvisation and Composition

Gabrielle will attend summer ballet courses.

Margaret Via

Penland School of Crafts

Margaret will attend a two-week course this summer at the Penland School of Crafts.

Micah Watson

Liturgical Praise Dance Performance

Micah received an Artist Minigrant to support the costs of travel to the Liturgical Praise Dance Conference with herdance troupe, Send Judah First.
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Susan Xie

Native Tongues

Susan will explore questions related to culture, especially in the form of mouths and tongues. For an example, see the third gif on this site http://rsx3cd.tumblr.com/. Currently, she is working on a final stop motion project that explores the symbolism of time and tongues moving in circular patterns.