Current Miller Arts Scholars Award Recipients

Class of 2020

Elissa Bardhi

Elissa Bardhi, Studio Art

Rising Fourth-Year Award
Transcending the Photo Reference
I am applying to the Rising Fourth-Year Award in order to advance my skills in painting from photo reference. This summer, renowned artist, Alyssa Monk, is hosting a workshop concentrated on the creation of oil paintings from photo references at the New York Academy of Art. This workshop focuses on capturing the essence of a photograph in an oil painting, something Alyssa Monk is famous for. This course would give me the opportunity to use my foundational skills and take them the next level.
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Kristen Barrett

Kristen Barrett, Drama

Rising Third-Year Award
Experiencing the Champs-Elysées Film Festival 
I believe attending the sixth annual Champs-Elysées Film Festival would better expose me to the art of filmmaking and prime me to create my own screenplay about my experience traveling abroad.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-Year Award
A Summer of Live Theater
For my fourth year award, I will return to my original artistic passion: theater. Stage performance was the primary reason why I applied for the Miller Arts Scholars program. Since my acceptance, I have explored other forms of art, but I always end up returning to the stage.
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Kate Bollinger

Kate Bollinger, Creative Writing

Rising Third-Year Award
An EP and Chapbook of Lyon
I am so thrilled to have been accepted to study abroad this summer through UVa’s Summer in Lyon program, and while my primary reason for going will be to practice French and experience language immersion, I also want to seize this summer as a creative opportunity. During my stay, I plan to write and record an EP of French and English songs inspired by my experiences that I will pair with an artist chapbook which will feature my illustrations and poetry.
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Rising Fourth-Year Award
Summer 2019 in Two Parts: A Space to Create & On the Road
With summer break fast approaching, I have high hopes of spending my time focusing entirely on music. School, work, and other involvements often have me expending energy that would ideally be put toward writing, recording, and playing shows; I am often daydreaming of time devoted solely to creating. For my Miller Arts rising fourth year grant, I am proposing a summer with less of these obstacles and therefore with more time to write, record, tour, and collaborate with other artists.
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Bryce Cuthriell

Bryce Cuthriell, Dance

Rising Third-Year Award
Performance Intensive with BalletMet
The main part of the project will be taking place in Columbus, Ohio at the summer intensive program for students at BalletMet. As a prospective dance minor at a liberal arts institution that only offers a minor in dance, I have been searching for opportunities to immerse myself in the professional dance world. After participating in several auditions for dance intensives, I chose BalletMet because of the extensiveness of the program, and also because it works with several dance genres closely resembling modern/contemporary technique in addition to classical ballet technique.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Carolyn Diamond

Carolyn Diamond, Dance

Rising Fourth-Year Award
Dance Training and Movement Research
Through this project, I hope to attend weekly classes this summer, as well as attending 2-3 dance performances in New York City, and participating in a Summer Intensive with Gaga Movement in August. As a rising fourth year, I would like to take this opportunity to explore the dance community outside of UVa and continue to build upon the experiences I’ve had here before going into my final year.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Savannah Edwards

Savannah Edwards, Drama

Rising Fourth-Year Award
Dramaturgy and Community Engagement at a Professional Theatre
I am currently in the process of applying to full-time (40+ hours per week) internships located in various cities across the United States. Since many theatres do not have a dramaturgy-specific internship available, there are three types of dramaturgy-related internships that I am applying for: Literary Intern, Community Engagement Intern, and Education Intern. Every theatre defines these positions differently, but each position is similar in that it encompasses primarily dramaturgical elements.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Jessica Harris

Jessica Harris, Drama

Rising Third-Year Award
Sharing the Power of the Arts to Educate and Transform: Expanding Techniques to Teach Drama
I would like to utilize MAS funds to attend a Broadway Teachers Workshop this summer. Additionally, upon returning to grounds next fall, I would like to offer a workshop for UVA students who may wish to incorporate techniques for including arts education in their training.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-Year Award
Developing Artistic Networks, Educational Models, and Creative Best Practices: Connections in New York City
Continuing to expand my horizons as an educator and creator, I would like to use my Fourth Year Award to travel to New York City for an immersive experience. I hope to expand my skills and knowledge in the area of theater, specifically writing, directing, and theater education. Towards this end, I would like to see shows, attend the Educational Theater Association’s 2019 National Conference in September, and network with individuals working at colleges in like The City College of New York who have programs in educational theater and creating/writing. Additionally, I would like to join professional organizations, The Drama Teacher Resource Company and the Educational Theater Association, that would enable me to have access to resources and connect with others doing similar work.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Ava Reynolds

Ava Reynolds, Studio Art

Rising Fourth-Year Award
Visual Explorations of Conservation
I plan to do a comprehensive project comparing the concept of conservation in the United States and Tanzania. I would like to visually express several topics, such as how climate change impacts conservation, how conservation impacts local communities, and how people impact conserved spaces. After exploring these topics throughout my semester in Tanzania and over my summer in Grand Teton National Park I plan to compile these visual comparisons upon returning to UVa during Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Hiedi Waldenmaier

Heidi Waldenmaier, Dance

Rising Fourth-Year Award
A Summer at the American Dance Festival
From June 13th to July 21st, I will take three classes per day, four days per week. On top of regularly scheduled classes, there are dozens of other classes, workshops, and performances to attend on the other three days of the week. I’ll be dancing constantly, exposing myself to different styles and cultural influences while making connections from every corner of the dance world.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Anna Warner

Anna Warner, Studio Art

Rising Third-Year Award
Where We Are
Ultimately, my project with this grant would be a body of color film photos exploring the relationships that human society has with the natural world (the physical ​real​ world.)
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-Year Award
Italian Immersion​:​ Study-Abroad, Photography, and Farming

For the rising 4th-year grant, I am proposing creating another book following my experiences in Italy, with photographs, journal entries, and sketches, etc. For my outcome presentation in April 2020, I will have a handmade book to display as well as prints to install.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Kia Wassenaar

Kia Wassenaar, Studio Art

Rising Third-Year Award
Creatures of Solitude
My proposed project would be a series of three short films (each 2-5 minutes in length) which would expand upon this series of drawings. Using paint, costumes, and a variety of props, each film would seek to transform a human body into an other worldly, fantasy creature whose external form would embody the mental state of the character themselves, and would explore different aspects of spending time alone.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Rising Fourth-Year Award
Documentation and Distortion Through Film

Using a mix of film and digital cameras, I would like to conduct a series of environment-oriented film studies. This would involve travel to a variety of both rural and urban places. I am particularly interested in the ways that nature and technology come together, so would seek out spaces in which industrial and natural forces meet head on. The final products of this project would be two or three observational films, between six and ten minutes each.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Isabella Whitfield

Isabella Whitfield, Studio Art

Rising Fourth-Year Award
Paper Sculptures
I am proposing to attend the workshop ​Fiber to Form: Sculpting with Paper​ at Anderson Ranch. During this week-long workshop, I will learn how to create paper sculptures using casting and folding techniques from Kozo fiber. I am especially interested in the casting technique, as I have used this method in my sculpture classes to create clay and plaster molds. Here, I will able to apply my previous mold-making experience within a new context.
(Original Proposal) (Project Outcome)

Emily Williams

Emily Williams, Music

Rising Fourth-Year Award
Enhancing Musical Teaching Skills and Violin Sound Quality and Technique
I want to attend a series of workshops at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut to help improve my violin, teaching, and conducting skills this summer. I intend on taking the “Rehearsal Techniques and Score Preparation” through the Hartt School of Music.
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Class of 2021

Jakob Cansler

Jakob Cansler, Drama

Rising Third-Year Award
A Summer Internship for Directing
It is my intention to intern at a professional theatre in either directing or artistic directing in order to gain first-hand experience in the theatre industry. I plan on applying to numerous summer internships at various theatres across the country, including Hartford Stage Company, San Francisco Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, as well as a few others.
(Original Proposal)
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Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper, Music

Rising Third-Year Award
Experimental Music Project (The Cello and Beyond)
I am asking for funding to buy a cello pickup microphone, Abelton Standard Software, an Abelton Push MIDI Controller, a Focusrite Audio Interface, and an Akai mini-keyboard Controller. Each of these items will be used to expand my capacities as a musician to explore new, experimental music with my cello.
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Evie Galvan

Evie Galvan, Dance

Rising Third-Year Award
Holding Dance In My Hand
My hope is to receive funding to order a DJI Osmo Pocket Action Camera. This is an extremely small camera that is hand held and can record video and photographs with a very stable and reliable display. This camera will allow me to record movement anywhere and everywhere with such ease, truly letting the world become my stage. The ability to create dance in less restrictive spaces is truly a goal of mine, as I am extremely interested by how the movement we engage in every day, whether that be walking, working out, or even witnessing the movement of nature can actually be understood as dance.
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Tina Hashemi, Music

Rising Third-Year Award
Networking and Musicianship Development in New York City

I propose spending a week in New York during the time that Stephanie Nakasian, my voice instructor at UVA, will be in New York performing and sitting in at many clubs including Birdland. She has agreed to allow me to accompany her and sit-in on her and others’ performances while introducing me to the big names of jazz in New York City.
(Original Proposal)
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Payton Moledor

Payton Moledor, Drama

Rising Third-Year Award
London, UK Semester Abroad: The Foundations of Classical Acting
For this reason, I am applying to fund a semester of studying classical acting abroad at one of London’s most prestigious acting schools, either the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art or the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. I have already been accepted to LAMDA’s semester program, and am still awaiting response from RADA following my audition in early March.
(Original Proposal)
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Veronica Seguin

Veronica Seguin, Drama

Rising Third-Year Award
Breaking into the Business: A Summer of Acting and Networking in NYC
My goal for this summer is to supplement my UVa dual-degree with a rigorous performance studies curriculum at the Summer Conservatory. I hope to glean practical field experience by working alongside industry professionals while making connections with peers and employers I undoubtedly will collaborate with in future film and television projects.
(Original Proposal)
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Lyla Ward

Lyla Ward, Drama

Rising Third-Year Award
Experiencing Experimental Theater In New York City
This summer I will be interning with Richard Maxwell’s experimental theater company New York City Players in Brooklyn, New York. I will be organizing their archives, creating content for the website, and helping assist in production for a series of summer workshops with their Incoming Theater Division. The Incoming Theater Division is a program that supports immigrant playwrights in putting their work onstage.
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