The American Academy in Rome is pleased to present the winners of the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition. The names were announced at the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony held at the Harmonie Club in New York City on April 10, 2014. Congratulations to Assistant Professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, Corin Hewitt, who received a 2014-2015 Rome Prize for Visual Arts. He will be provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome, Italy. His award was recognized in Art in America magazine. The Rome Prize is one of the most important and internationally respected opportunities for an arts’ professional.
Several students from the Department of Theatre were recognized at Southeastern Theatre Conference 2014. SETC is the largest regional theater conference in the country with 3500 or so participants from across the nation. The competition draws from a region much broader that the 10 southeastern state it was originally designed to serve.
This year there were 89 entrants in the graduate and undergraduate design and craft competitions. TheatreVCU sent 18 entries to the competition and won 10 of the 22 awards that were presented.
1st Place Graduate Costume Design
Isabela Tavares de Melo, MFA ’14
1st Place Undergraduate Costume Design
Sophia Choi, BFA ’15
3rd Place Undergraduate Costume Design
Kiyoshi Shaw, BFA ’14
1st Place in Costume Construction
Lindsey Austria, BFA ’14
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1st Place Props Design
Chris Foote, BFA ’15
1st Place Sound Design
William Wacker, BFA ’15
2nd Place Undergraduate Set Design
Benjamin Burke, BFA ’14
3rd Place Undergraduate Set Design
Jacob Saller, BFA ’14
2nd Place Undergraduate Lighting Design
Luke Cresson, BFA ’14
Honorable Mention Graduate Set Design
Chris Hersey, MFA ’14
Congratulations to Chair of Communication Arts Robert Meganck and Communication Arts Associate Professor Matt Wallin! The duo received a $40,000 grant from the Virginia Innovation Partnership i6 Challenge competition for the finalization of The 3D VCH Color Model project. See their TEDxRVA 2013 talk on the project here.
Dr. Sarah B. Cunningham, Executive Director of Research at VCUarts, was appointed to the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s board of trustees in February 2014. As a Guild trustee, Cunningham will support and help shape the future of the growing arts education sector the National Guild serves and represents.
The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. The Guild fosters the creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development, networking opportunities, funding, and advocacy on behalf of the field.
VCU School of the Arts and the Health Science Campus have teamed up to provide a new fellowship open to faculty and students aimed at exploring the intersection of arts and health. Two awards of $3,500 and two awards of $6,000 will be granted to support interdisciplinary projects that utilize arts and design skills to improve methods of teaching and delivering healthcare.
Undergraduates applying for the fellowship should identify a faculty mentor. Fellows will be selected based on prior evidence of excellence in their field, the ability to think in unconventional ways, experience in interdisciplinary research, evidence of project management skills, and the potential contribution of the proposed project to overcome a healthcare problem.
The deadline to apply is April 15, 2014. For more information on applying, click here.