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Previous Arts Scholars Award Recipients 2010-2015

Class of 2016 Miller Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Heidi Klockenbrink

Heidi Klockenbrink, Drama

Rising Fourth-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.
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Cameron Mankin

Cameron Mankin, Studio Art

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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.
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Natalie May

Natalie May, Music

Rising Fourth-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.
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Brigid McDonald, Music

Rising Third-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.
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Rising Fourth-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.
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Rachel Mink

Rachel Mink, Music

Rising Third-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.
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Rising Fourth-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.
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George Schwartz

George Schwartz, Music

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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.
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Margaret Via

Margaret Via, Studio Art

Rising Third-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.
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Rising Fourth-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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Class of 2015 Miller Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Olivia Bona

Olivia Bona, Music

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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

Mary Davis, Drama

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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

Elena Dimitri, Dance

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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

Rebecca Galt, Dance

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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

Ava Lonergan, Studio Art

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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

Julia Pedrick, Studio Art

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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

Alex Rafala, Drama

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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

Erica Ruth, Studio Art

Rising Third-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

Thomas Scheevel, Music

Rising Third-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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Rising Fourth-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.
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2012 Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Max Krembs

David Cook, Studio Art
Project Title: The Paradoxical Dynamic between an Artist's Sensibilities and the Artist's Audience

David Cook studied at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture in Montecastello, Italy to broaden his horizons and find new inspiration for his work.

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Elisabeth Hogeman

Courtney Fox, Music
Project Title: The Intersection of Music and Health

Courtney Fox traveled to the University of Florida, Columbus State University, and Montclair State University to attend workshops and lectures about the growing role of music in contemporary healthcare.

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Stéphane Glynn, Dance
Project Title: Environmental Impact on Movement

Stéphane Glynn investigated the relationship between the environment and the everyday movement of people, both in New York City and in Charlottesville. Visit http://vimeo.com/StephaneGlynn.

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Daniel Prillaman, Drama
Project Title: Sacrificial Comedy

Daniel Prillaman used the award to fund the creation and production of a full-length sketch comedy show from scratch.

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2011 Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Read about our 2011 Award Recipients in UVa Today...

Max Krembs

Max Krembs, Drama
Project Title: Sound Design Off Broadway

Max Krembs traveled to New York City to provide original sound design for the award-winning Transport Group's The Patsy.

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Elisabeth Hogeman

Elisabeth Hogeman, Studio Art
Project Title: One Might Weep if No One Saw

Elisabeth Hogeman made series of hand-stained, gelatin prints reflecting the melancholia many women experience after loosing their mother.

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Trenley Anderson, Music
Project Title: Quebec Counterpoint, Summer Clarinet Study

Trenley Anderson attended the Orford Academy for the Arts in Canada for an intensive clarinet study.

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Jessica Smith, Dance
Project Title: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Jessica Smith served as the Development Fundraising/Individual Intern for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival among a host of other opportunities in dance. Jessica will complete her work during the University's January term.

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2010 Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Cornelia Granbery

Cornelia Granbery, Dance Minor

Cornelia researched various dance genres through classes in New York City and
interned with the Dance Film Association.

Jacquie Walters

Jacquie Walters, Echols Scholar; Drama and Media Studies,

Jacquie used her award to assist her with three internships in Los Angeles-two with major casting directors and one with a manager.

Martha B. Eason

Martha B. Eason, Music and Arts Administration

Martha participated in the Georgia State Opera Scenes Program's "Harrower Opera Workshop" as a singer, then traveled to Italy for the Opera Festival Di Roma, where she was an arts administration intern and also took part in the opera scenes workshops as a singer.

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Caroline McCraw, Studio Art

Caroline created a body of photographs around T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land," in a visual conversation.