Congratulations to this Fall's seven recipients.
Graduate Research Development Grants are small grants awarded twice a year to current MFA, MA and Post-Bac students, up to $500, designed to further research and creative projects. Additional funding is made possible each year from the proceeds of the Masters Art Sale, an annual sale of graduate student art work. Congratulations to this Fall's seven recipients. We look forward to finding opportunities for these students to share the good work that will undoubtedly come from their varied experiences.
Inna Alesina, Graphic Design, MFA
Test Kitchen for Change: BREAD
Test Kitchen for Change is an experiment to help individuals and communities to get involved in slow food systems. Participants will be invited to knead dough, send the loaves into the oven, sample gourmet breads, and learn hands-on about natural leaven (sourdough). Baked loaves will be distributed to participants the next day and the surplus will be donated to the church.
Shannon Brinkley, Art Education, MA
Rising Leaders: Student Perceptions of Leadership through Art in Rural South Africa
Brinkley's research provides a new sense of sharing art for participants and allows learners to gain leadership skills to use within their community. The funds will be used to hire a Sesotho translator's fees for transcribing class audio tapes and purchasing classroom materials for the study.
Sarah Carman, Photographic and Electronic Media, MFA
The word Ambrotype comes from a greek root word, ambrotos meaning imperishable or immortal. Carman's goal is to create a body of handcrafted timeless photographs that both play with and express metaphors of life and death. This current funding will support chemical costs, equipment, and renting space that I will need to make the Ambrotype process apart of my thesis work this year.
Dixon Stetler, Community Arts, MFA
Welcome Mat and Weaving Bees @ MICA PLACE
Stetler's thesis aims to foster a sense of community within the physical building of MICA PLACE, connecting its internally housed community with the surrounding neighborhood, MICA's main campus, and the greater Baltimore community. The programs delivered via ‘Weaving Bees' will focus on intergenerational collaboration as a catalyst for community organizing. The ‘Welcome Mat' project is a GIANT red carpet/doormat made site specifically for the foyer at MICA PLACE.
Deana Haggag, Curatorial Practice, MFA
Research Collaboration with Station North and Greenmount Cemetery
Haggag will partner with Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. to launch an art project at the historic Greenmount Cemetery located in Greenmount West. As a curator, her passion lies in understanding the issues that plague certain groups, places or peoples and being able to work with artists to address those concerns. The funds will allow a visit to three historic cemeteries in Boston, MA that use the arts as a means of community involvement and activation.
Marian Ochoa, Photographic and Electronic Media, MFA
Building a Thermal Flashlight
In Ochoa's photographs, she has experimented with dated forms of color photography and new forms of digital photography as well, eventually developing this into a more broad investigation involving color/saturation and perceived color temperatures of any given space. Building a thermal flashlight would open doors to an exploration of the interactive and perceptual aspect of light.
Davin Watne, Studio Arts, MFA
Funding for residency at Pedra Sina, Madeira
The Pedra Sina residency aims to bring together people working in related areas, to exchange ideas and knowledge and encourage collaborative projects. The opportunity to draw, photograph and experience first hand the aesthetic strategies of the churches interiors would be instrumental in the preparation for Watne's thesis exhibition.