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2013 Research in Arts Scholarship Recipients in Venice

2013 Research in Arts Scholarship Recipients in Venice

The Research in Arts Scholarship provides financial support to students who participate in the School of Art and Art History’s annual Summer Paris program. During the fall semester, following their return from Paris, scholarship recipients create research-based art projects inspired by their summer experience. Projects are displayed in the OUR office suite for one academic year.

While in Paris and London this summer scholarship recipients will be documenting their research experiences and recording the development of their research projects via Tumblr blogs. Please click on the next to each student’s name to read their blog.


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Jessica Barber

Major: BFA with a concentration in Printmaking
Mentor: Anne Jeffrey / co-mentor Tracy Midulla

Artists like John Cage and Surrealists like André Masson or André Breton have often influenced me. I am a firm believer in what can be revealed by working through an automatic and intuitive process. As a printmaker applying these methods can prove difficult. This is why I often work in monotype prints. All of my prints are given life through the textiles used to portray my images. I like working in materials that can be deconstructed and reassembled how. My work explores pattern through rhythm, texture, line variation, and from these elements an atmosphere is created for the viewer to engage with my work.

Printmaking can be done in a painterly style and that is often how I work. However, printmaking is completely different from painting, and therefore differs in the end product for me personally. Instead of standing in front of a canvas with brushes, I like to be more sculptural in my process which printing allows for. Most people find printmaking flat, but when I have tried to recreate a print into a painting the aura of the print is lost. The layering nature of monotype and intaglio lend itself to my imagery. The process becomes just as important to me as a final product. Finding my materials and reconstructing them to what I need in printing has also become therapeutic. Each line is individually inked, this makes for a long process, but laying them out is rather fast. I was once told that a young Robert Rauschenberg worked with music playing so loud he would loose all sense of time. I hope to recreate this in my work. Like André Masson or André Breton, I aim for this environment of the subconscious but where I differ is this meeting point with the conscious. This meeting point leads to much more meaningful works for me, as the artist. No matter the materials used I am always exploring identity, the way the human body moves, sensory, and memory. These explorations are important to the way we think and communicate as humans. Viewers of art bring with them their personalized histories, which can make it hard not to project on to the work. I say project away. I rather enjoy how the images meanings can alter from viewer to viewer. I don’t mind saying my work is only a success if the public engages with it. I can make art for myself all day long but that gets boring. So, I make artwork more out of a need to connect with people.

Since there is a limited time while abroad, I want to dove tail my experience of Paris/London with my experience in the classroom. As a printmaker the history of printmaking in France is an important part of this project. I intend on investigating the kind of presence printmaking has in the Paris art world and the more modern techniques used in printmaking while abroad. Also, the fabrics I use play a major role. I intend to use fabrics or more specifically, lace, local to the region visited to portray the architecture, person, or landscape of the city I am learning about. So, I propose the question, can lace/fabrications in printmaking reflect the French culture? I believe my research will show that it can reflect the culture but also that fabrications have a strong presence in printmaking. By participating in this initiative I would like to learn how to communicate my artistic practice and thought process for creating images. This way my viewers can understand me as an artist and what my work displayed from this journey is conveying. Participating in this scholarship has only enriched my knowledge of just how unlimited the arts can truly be. In learning these types of communicative tools I can reach a much broader audience. Also, with the help of the scholarship going abroad has developed my own art process by opening my mind to what I as an artist can be capable of.


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Ella Dizdarevic

Major: Studio Art/Art History
Mentor: Wallace Wilson

My name is Ella Dizdarevic and I am a senior, double-majoring in Studio Art and Art History and expecting to graduate in December 2014. Prior to graduation, I plan to explore London for a week in the summer with the College of Art and Art History in order to pursue an independent research endeavor that will prepare me for graduate school as well as my future career.

My interests lie in the world between producing art and curating it. I do not limit myself to one medium, nor do I situate myself comfortably within interior spaces. I work primarily with installation work because installations exude a mesmerizing ethereal presence due to the temporary and fragile physical existence. I am currently exploring and experimenting with different elements of graffiti; because graffiti in essence embodies the aforementioned ethereal qualities I admire.

Part of the evolution of graffiti is the move by street artists from the public sphere to a more private domain. More and more private galleries are popping up in Shoreditch and the likes around London, even graffiti tours are stopping by these galleries for merchandise shopping and workshops. These private galleries want nothing to do with curators and conceptual artists, just to name a few examples, but yet they seek to be part of the fine art world. Is there a difference between fine art and graffiti anymore? If the works shown in these private galleries are not exposed to everyone then do the messages lose their power? What is the message then and who is the audience? Is there a message? And where exactly is graffiti going with this?
There are so many questions and I realize I have only a week to answer them so I hope to dive right into the culture. I do not intent to observe the city as a flaneur, an outside observer, but rather an active participant in the culture in search of the answers. By receiving the research scholarship from the USF Undergraduate Research Department I am able to travel across London to discover the parts and people who do not expose themselves to typical tourists. I will be posting images, videos, possible sound recordings, and documentation of my own work on my blog so stay tuned!


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Sarah Dyer

Major: BFA Studio Art
Mentor: Anne Jeffrey

I am interested in the capacity that a place has is telling its story without need for human narration. My current body of work includes exploration of decaying ruins and fairy tale structures (and can be seen at dyerceramics.com) In Paris I will be exploring the story of places like the Place Royal who have both a long standing history and a modern purpose and vivacity and trying to figure out how to best convey this story to Americans who have never been there. I am ecstatic to be going to Paris. It is mind-blowing to me that this city is older than my entire country. I am looking forward to seeing what these equally historic and modern streets have to whisper.


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Kara Lavin

Major: Studio Art
Mentor: Brianna Phelps

My name is Kara and I am an artist studying at the University of South Florida. I love to paint, realistically, abstractly and often times incorporate outside imagery or influences within my work. For this research in arts project, I want to let the city influence what I create by way of collaging found items in with my paintings and sketches. Being aware of my completely new surroundings, interacting with locals and other tourists and exploring Paris for a month will give me endless inspiration to create from. I am so grateful to have this wonderful opportunity to study abroad and to have received this scholarship. It will definitely help shape my research in art background and my professional arts practice moving forward. Going to Paris this summer will be my first time out of the country and hopefully not my last!


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Adriana Matallana

Major: Studio Art
Mentor: Cesar Cornejo

As a senior art student at the University of South Florida, I have been deeply inspired by religious artworks and intrigued to find avenues to reach modern audiences through Christian art. My research focuses on exploring the question of what is so attractive about the legendary medieval Way of Saint James, which has attracted visitors from all over the world for centuries thanks to its history, culture and spiritual benefits. The Way runs through France from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles on the Spanish side on to Santiago de Compostela through the major cities of Spain. A typical walk on the French route takes at least four weeks. Some people set out on the Way for spiritual reasons; many others find spiritual reasons along the Way as they meet other pilgrims, attend masses, visit churches, monasteries, and cathedrals, while experiencing a lodging network known as refuges, which provide assistance to the pilgrims. I plan to capture the essence of this journey and convey to others the richness of this amazing experience in an audiovisual form.

By awarding me the Research in Arts Scholarship, my financial burden has lightened. I hope one day to be able to help other students achieve their goals just as the Office of Undergraduate Research has helped me.


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Jessica Sylvester

Major: Art History and Anthropology
Mentor: Anne Jeffrey

My name is Jessica Sylvester and I am an Art History as well as an Anthropology student at the University of South Florida. During my studies I have become interested in various cultures around the world from both the artistic as well as the anthropological perspective, this has led me to take a dynamic approach to understanding society. I have the privilege to participate in the USF Art Program in Paris as well as completing a project for the Research in Arts Scholarship initiative. My research question to investigate while abroad is: can an examination of the street art in Paris provide an understanding of modern culture in the city through an artistic lens, and can this understanding serve as a basis of understanding of the role street art plays in other societies? I am excited to dive into the rich culture of Parisian street art. Throughout my experience I will photograph, sketch, and reflect on my observations, which will be recorded on my blog during the trip that will ultimately contribute to my final product. My goals for participating in this initiative are to develop professionally as an academic scholar as well as to critically understand relevant connections between street art and the context in which it exists, and then share the conclusions I draw from my research on multiple platforms.

While in Paris this summer, scholarship recipients will be documenting their experiences and recording the development of their research projects on the Research in Arts Scholarship Blog »


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Brianna Horn

Project: Unexpected Encounters
Mentor: Wendy Babcox

I am Brianna Horn, an artist and photographer with the extraordinary opportunity to visit and study in Paris this summer. This Research in Arts Scholarship is helping me make this a reality while helping me pursue my artistic interests! I’ll be blogging about some of my experiences and progress in this research project both on this blog, as well as my own personal blog.


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Candyce Strayer

Project: Derive
Mentor: Jaroslaw Studencki

My name is Candyce Strayer and I am a senior, B.F.A. art studio major concentrating in photography at the University of South Florida in Tampa. I was honored to receive the Research in Arts Scholarship. This scholarship is helping me pursue a photographic project that I am very passionate about revolving around ideas of home and culture shock in black and white film. Throughout the trip I will be blogging about my experiences in Paris, giving updates on the project and providing visual photographic sketches of my work.
Part of my project revolves around a blog I will upkeep everyday with my thoughts, experiences, sketches, and conversations with my mentor and other professionals from different disciplines. The blog will also be open to commentary from the public on my work and allow for questions.


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Phillip Townsend

Project: Which Black?
Mentor(s): Lou Marcus, Dr. Allison Moore

My name is Phillip Townsend and I am an Art History major. I was born and raised in Tallulah, Louisiana, moved to Los Angeles, California to attend college, and relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2007 to continue my education. Upon my arrival in Tampa, I enrolled at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) studying Architecture. While at HCC, I was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and soon after awarded the Joseph Michal Memorial Scholarship by the Tampa Bay Builders Association for my academic excellence and commitment to examining the use of multi-media technologies in architectural development. During my studies at HCC, I traveled to Denmark to study sustainable energy practices. While in Denmark, I examined Danish Energy Policy as it related to the economics and politics of energy production and consumption with the goal of applying those approaches to my structural designs.

After graduating from HCC with an AA in Architecture, I enrolled at the University of South Florida (USF) to study Art History. I became interested in Art History through my education in architecture. The history of the built environment intrigued me and led to my fascination with historical artifacts, chiefly art. While at USF, I have had the opportunity to conduct independent research by becoming a CREATTE Scholar and participating in the 2013 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. I had the honor of working with a mentor, Dr. Mary C. Fournier, in examining ancient Greek pottery. That research resulted in our group receiving the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award, which was based on the group’s engagement with facilitators, our ability to address questions, and the overall quality of our presentation. The presentations were reviewed and scored by event facilitators. Additionally, I have been awarded the University of South Florida World Scholarship, School of Art and Art History Scholarship, and the University of South Florida Community College PTK Scholarship. I was recently inducted into the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society.

Currently, I am currently developing an independent research project that examines the visual culture of mid to late 19th century Paris from the perspective of the African American artist. In the 19th century, blacks faced many social, economic, and educational obstacles in the United States. This was especially true for the black artist. The development of the African American artist has been set against many years of social and educational challenges. These challenges prompted some black artists to study and work abroad. The goal of this research is to provide a site-specific understanding of the conditions African Americans experienced during their art education and practice in mid to late 19th century Paris. The project will also examine the conditions in the United States during this time to determine what impact, if any, they may have had on African American artists. The project will also examine the reception of the African American artist and their works in Paris during this time. Overall, I am particularly interested in the relationship art has with minority communities. My professional focus will be examining modern paintings as an articulation of the social and political conditions of modern life.


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Grace Strattan

Project: The Eiffel Effect
Mentor: Wendy Babcox

My name is Grace Strattan. I am a Junior BFA painting major. My work is inspired by art history and I am very interested in the idea of space—using paint to construct and deconstruct space in the same image. I am going to Paris to see the art there and to experience something new. The Research in the Arts Scholarship will help me make goals and learn how to create art based on research and it will also help fund my trip. I also appreciate the opportunity to exhibit my work in the Office of Undergraduate Research when we return. My most recent exhibits include showing at the 4th Annual Chinese Cultural Festival and a solo show at the Centre Gallery in the USF Marshall Student Center.


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Erica Wold

Project: No Matter Where You Go
Mentor: Jennifer Greenwell

I am a BFA Photography student at USF Tampa. I am a senior, expected to graduate December 2013. I am spending my summer studying abroad in Paris and Venice. While there, I will be working on a research project and several artistic projects.

2014 Research in Arts Scholarship Application Announcement

APPLICATION DEADLINE- MONDAY APRIL 21, 2014 (by 11:00 p.m.)

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate Status, open to all majors
  • Sophomore or Junior standing
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits) during the Fall 2014 semester
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Accepted to participate in the 2014 Art department Paris Program
  • Mandatory meeting with Lou Marcus PRIOR to application submission
  • Must have a committed research mentor who will direct the project

** A Note About Mentors: Research Mentors must be USF or affiliated faculty. In addition, local working artists or other arts professionals may be eligible to serve as mentors with the approval of the art department and OUR. Graduate students are NOT eligible to serve as mentors.

Applications will be reviewed by the OUR and finalists will be contacted for a pre-selection interview. Applicants will receive final notification of acceptance by Friday, May 2, 2014.

Mentors will be expected to meet with OUR staff during the course of the initiative to discuss the student’s progress.


Art Studio Applicants – Required Application Materials

Application packet must include all items listed below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications must be submitted electronically to OUR
Subject Line: Research in Arts Scholarship Application

  1. One-page (minimum) Statement of Interest: Must describe your experience in the art studio program; i.e. courses taken, internships, student shows, etc.; how you have developed as an artist during your undergraduate career; why you are applying for the scholarship. Be sure to discuss your initial ideas for creating a research-based art project and what you hope to learn through participating in this initiative.
  2. Artist Statement: Must include what motivates/inspires you to create art; concepts/ideas you explore through your art; describe the mediums/techniques you use in your art making; describe your art making process.
  3. Professional Resume
  4. Mentor Letter of Reference: Letter must indicate that the mentor will direct the project throughout the duration of the initiative (during summer, fall semesters). It should also explain how the mentor will provide oversight for the project and assist the student in understanding the research process.
  5. Artist Portfolio: (minimum 5 images; jpeg format and sized at 300dpi)

(** Note About Formatting: Compose Statement of Interest and Artist Statement in Microsoft Word / Statements must be single-spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font)


Art History Applicants – Required Application Materials

Application packet must include all items listed below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications must be submitted electronically to OUR
Subject Line: Research in Arts Scholarship Application

  1. One-page (minimum) Statement of Interest: Must describe your experience in the art history program; i.e. courses taken, internships, presentations, etc.; how you have developed as an art historian during your undergraduate career; why you are applying for the scholarship. Be sure to discuss your initial ideas for creating a research-based art project and what you hope to learn through participating in this initiative.
  2. Professional Resume
  3. Mentor Letter of Reference: Letter must indicate that the mentor will direct the project throughout the duration of the initiative (during summer, fall semesters). It should also explain how the mentor will provide oversight for the project and assist the student in understanding the research process.
  4. Writing Sample: (Ex: current research paper, response paper, essay)

(** Note About Formatting: Compose Statement of Interest and Artist Statement in Microsoft Word / Statements must be single-spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font)

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