President Yager Announces Grants for Creative Research & Innovation Recipients

Sent to faculty and staff Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Dear colleagues,

Earlier this winter, I announced the Grants for Creative Research & Innovation, aimed at supporting the creative lives of UArts’ faculty and staff. Today, I am pleased to announce that our committee has selected 11 innovative projects to receive support in our inaugural round of grants. More information about the recipients and their creative endeavors can be found below.

As you may recall, these grants are provided through the President’s Fund for Excellence, which continues to grow through the generous support of the university’s private donors. Because of this support, we were able to provide $53,000 in funding to advance our community’s innovative ideas. I anticipate the next round of these grants will be distributed next spring, and I highly encourage you to apply when the process begins.

This year’s grants were selected by a committee of faculty and staff comprising Mike Attie, Steven Kleinman, Paul Schuette, Marcelino Stuhmer and Katie Swords Thurman. Additionally, Director for Special Projects Raúl Romero served as the committee’s facilitator. I would like to thank the committee for its dedication and careful consideration throughout this process.

Please join me in congratulating the grant recipients. I eagerly await an opportunity to learn more and celebrate their projects and discoveries in the fall.


Funded projects

Lauren Bakst
School of Dance
Collectivity, Sociality and Art Practice: A Research Trip to Documenta — A five-day research trip to Kassel, Germany, to attend Documenta Fifteen, curated by ruangrupa, an artist collective based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Rebecca Gilbert
School of Art
WEN Con - research trip and workshop—A specialized research trip and workshop in England on the history, techniques, equipment and evolution of wood engraving.

Jennifer Greenburg
School of Art
Revising History—To expand the artist’s photographic-based series that incorporates costuming, performance and stagecraft to place her as the central character of a vernacular photographic image.

Courtney Henry
School of Dance
Spiral as Code: Unlocking Indigenous Wisdom Through the Ballet Technique—To deepen the artist’s personal practice and create a radical ballet syllabus through a collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Jaamil Kosoko.

Jungeun Kim
School of Dance
Experimental video work—A new video work that incorporates dance and animation with the artist serving as choreographer, performer and animator in collaboration with a guest composer.

Julius Masri
School of Dance
Constructing a New Folk Music: Explorations and Developments of Semantic and Somatic Possibilities in Composition and Improvisation—A series of compositions and performance methodologies based on the exploration of somatic principles of movement.

B. Proud
School of Art
Transcending Love: Exhibition and Special Edition Portfolio—An expansion of the artist’s current series, focused on broadening acceptance of LGBTQIA+ couples and a limited-edition portfolio to be shared with universities, museums and teaching institutions.

Ellis Rovin
School of Music
Explorations Into Displays as Augmented Reality Devices—To construct operational displays that explore the possibilities of the future of viewing and consuming digital artwork.

Savannah Reich
School of Film
Oedipus in Seattle—To playtest a new play, a blend of Sleepless in Seattle and Oedipus Rex, that will be performed by two actors who have not previously rehearsed it.

Rebecca Sack
School of Art
Shadow Fliers | Varjojen lentäjät—To further the artist’s research on bats and their symbiotic relationship with humans and plants and to create a series of paintings to be shown at the Nautelankoski Museum in Lieto, Finland.

Fadi Skeiker
Ira Brind School of Theater Arts
Syrian Monologues Podcast—A new podcast to present the monologues of Syrian refugees gathered by the artist for his play SY-Aspora.