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Previous Arts Scholars Award Recipients 2010-2018

Current Miller Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Class of 2018

Luc Cianfarani

Luc Cianfarani, Music

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Alexandra D'Elia

Alexandra D'Elia, Dance

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Wesley Diener

Wesley Diener, Music

Rising Third-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. 
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Vivien Fergusson

Vivien Fergusson, Dance

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Kirsten Hemrich

Kirsten Hemrich, Studio Art

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Annalee Jackson

Annalee Jackson, Studio Art

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson, Drama

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Taylor Lamb

Taylor Lamb, Drama

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Emma Lewis

Emma Lewis, Studio Art

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Nicholas Milkovich

Nicholas Milkovich, Studio Art

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Josephine Miller

Josephine Miller, Music

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Julian Sanchez

Julian Sanchez, Drama

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Braelyn Schenk

Braelyn Schenk, Dance

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Micah Watson

Micah Watson, Drama

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Yuchen Xie

Yuchen Xie, Studio Art

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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. 
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

 

Class of 2017 Miller Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Elena Anderson

Elena Anderson, Drama

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Casady Jackson

Casady Jackson, Studio Art

Rising Fourth-Year Award
5 large-scale paintings displayed at a self-curated gallery show
My proposal is a studio art project consisting of a series of 5 large-scale paintings displayed at a self-curated gallery show in the Comm School art galleryThe subject of the paintings is undecided, but I envision them to be personal and reflective of my experience at UVA. See attached art images sheet for reference.While I hope my work will be informed by artistic inspirations like George Bellows, James Ensor, Eric Fischl and others, I hope to discover and express my own “style” and artistic signature through this project. I plan to explore my relationship to painting in several specific areas: beautiful color making, expressive handling of the material, narrative storytelling, and simplified form making.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Anne Codd

Anne Codd, Studio Art

Rising Third-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
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Anne Codd
Alexandra Chriscoe

Anne Codd, Studio Art
Alexandra Chriscoe, Studio Art

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Elyssa Fonicello

Elyssa Fonicello, Dance

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Michael Giovinco

Michael Giovinco, Drama

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Kingston Liu

Kingston Liu, Dance

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Aspen Miller

Aspen Miller, Drama

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Susan Xie

Susan Xie, Studio Art

Rising Third-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

 

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)


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.
(Original proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.
(Original proposal) (Project Outcome) (Project Outcome Music)

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.
(Original proposal) (Project Outcome)

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.