Current Miller Arts Scholars Artist Minigrants

Fall 2019

Kate Bollinger

Kate Bollinger, Creative Writing

“No Other Like You” Music Video Fund
I have countless video ideas and have plans to co-direct a video with a friend of mine, Bridget Hamel, who does creative direction and styling, but don’t have the funding to properly compensate a videographer for their work. For my minigrant, I am proposing access to a music video fund that will cover the costs of a music video for my upcoming single, “No Other Like You”.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Emily Buckley

Emily Buckley, Music

Flute and Electronics
My goal is to produce an album featuring the unique combination of flute and electronic sounds. An essential feature of the home production studio is monitor speakers to allow me to hear the finer details of the mix with greater precision.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Jakob Cansler

Jakob Cansler, Drama

Directing a Staged Reading
I want to continue gaining experience with directing this semester in two parts. First, I want to expand my exposure to plays by ordering and reading eighteen scripts, so that I will have more knowledge of the theatre canon, and also so that I will own those plays should I need copies of them in the future. When looking for plays to purchase, I specifically sought out plays that I could possibly see myself directing in the future, so having knowledge of these plays will be even more useful as I continue my studies and eventually start a career in directing.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper, Music

Experimental Music Project (The Cello and Beyond), a continuation
I am hoping to continue to expand the work I am currently doing in regards to combining my passion for cello with electronic music. The equipment I received from the Rising 3rd Year Grant has been absolutely incredible, but I realize that certain, new pieces would be incredibly helpful for creating a more productive workflow.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Cordelaine Klyne

Cordelaine Klyne, Dance

BalletNova Open Class
I would like, over the course of winter break, to alleviate this period of lethargy by attending open classes at BalletNova Center for Dance, which offers classes at the appropriate age and skill level during this time. The opportunity to study under new instructors often results in exposure to new techniques and imagery that help with technique, artistry, and quality. I plan to take a number of pointe, jazz, and/or musical theatre classes.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Imani Edwards

Imani Edwards, Music

Summer Festival Audition Fund
I am hoping to use this grant to finance my auditions, including application fees and other expenses such as hiring a videographer, for a number of summer festivals on the viola. Preparing for these auditions requires a level of focus and dedication that will be in itself extremely beneficial to the development of my confidence in playing the viola, as my primary instrument is the violin. The high-quality application materials I would be able to produce with the help of this mini-grant would allow me to present the best audition possible and increase my chances of being selected to attend one of these programs, which would further help me develop my skills as a violist.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Tina Hashemi, Music

Attending the Jazz Education Network Conference
I am applying for a MAS Minigrant to attend the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana this coming winter from January 7th to January 10th. This conference, held in the birthplace of jazz, offers vocal jazz and improvisation clinics, networking opportunities, presentations about the jazz industry and research, masterclasses, and top-tier jazz performances.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Margaret Kim

Margaret Kim, Studio Art

Adding Color to Sculptures of Biologically Possible Alien Organisms
I am requesting a mini grant to fund an airbrush, along with an air compressor, paints and inks to be used with the airbrush, pigments, airbrush cleaning tools, and few other consumable sculpting materials.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Payton Moledor

Payton Moledor, Drama

A Study of the British Theatre: West End to Shakespeare and Beyond
I am applying to the Artist Mini Grant to pay for tickets to attend 16 diverse plays and musicals over the course of three months of research in London. I will be attending these shows during the months of October, November, and December. These 16 shows represent a diverse selection of theatre, and each production will teach me something else about the kind of theatre I want to create and the type of actor I want to be.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Ava Reynolds

Ava Reynolds, Studio Art

Screen Printing Studio Space
I’m applying for an Artist Minigrant to develop a screen printing studio space to further the screen printing skills I learned this past summer. I was only able to create two small prints in the workshop I attended, and I would like to work with larger screens using more colors and layering techniques. If awarded, I would use the grant to purchase functioning silkscreens, screen printing inks, and other subsequent supplies like squeegees, squeegee holders, photo emulsion paste, printing paper etc.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Veronica Seguin

Veronica Seguin, Drama

Headshot Proposal
I will take a headshot photoshoot in line with my newly discovered TriForce from Stella Adler. After meeting with an agent at Stella, I determined my TriForce (see description above in Proposal Abstract) and am ready to design a photo shoot in line with its aesthetic. Essentially, the agent delivered 3-4 ideal projects he could see us getting cast in, and our job was to discover who casts those projects, how to reach them, and how their agencies are rated.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Maile-Rose Smith

Maile-Rose Smith, Drama

Dramatic Development and Skill Strengthening

In seeking professional acting opportunities, I often use Backstage to find and apply for film and television roles. By purchasing the domain name, I can enhance my applications for roles in film, TV, and theatre; steer casting directors toward my full resume and videos of my monologues and demo reels; and more effectively promote myself as an artist.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Lyla Ward

Lyla Ward, Drama

Capturing Queerness on Black and White Reversal Film
Over the summer I lived in New York and interned at New York City Players with the aid of my Third Year Award. Outside of my internship, I attended various drag and queer theater performances, as well as LGBTQIA+ focused art exhibitions. Those experiences inspired and informed my current plan to make a collage style short film focused on the queer style aesthetics and queer party spaces of UVA. I plan to shoot this film observationally with my DSLR camera as well as the art department’s 16mm cameras beginning in mid November and wrapping sometime in February/March of 2020. I plan to edit in March and April and exhibit the film at the WXTJ student radio art show in late spring 2020.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Kia Wassenaar

Kia Wassenaar, Studio Art

Scenes in Print

Combining my interest in new media and knowledge of the Adobe Suite with this newfound interest in photography, I have produced a number of vibrant, otherworldly images which I would like to reproduce in the form of high quality color prints. The process of color printing is very expensive, but would enable me to submit these works to galleries and other contests in the Charlottesville area.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Isabella Whitfield

Isabella Whitfield, Studio Art

Paper Sculptures: A Continuation

For my mini grant proposal, I would like to attend the one-day Sculptural Flax workshop at Carriage House Paper. By attending this workshop, I will increase my knowledge of using paper as a sculptural material, incorporating nylon stocking armatures and high shrinkage unbleached flax.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Elizabeth Wimbish

Elizabeth (Liza) Wimbish, Studio Art

Camera Upgrade

I am requesting a Miller Arts Scholars Minigrant to purchase a 6x7 Medium Format Camera, a 6x7 negative carrier for my enlarger, and black and white 120 format film. After considering my history with photography this far, I think this camera would be a good equilibrium between the TLR I was exposed to and the 35mm camera I used priorly; because of this, working with this camera would be an asset in furthering my work.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)

Ziff Zohar

Zohar (Zoe) Ziff, Dance

GagaLab in Tel Aviv, Israel Over Winter Break
Gaga is a movement language developed by Batsheva Dance Company and its artistic director Ohad Naharin. Rather than use mirrors to direct dance through shape, Gaga encourages students to improvise based on imagery and somatic experiences while following an instructor. I have taken Gaga classes and workshops before.
(Original Proposal) (Proposal Outcome)


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