VCUarts Awards $25,000 in Funding for Undergraduate Research Grants

VCUarts supports student scholarship by annually funding undergraduate research grants.

The program enhances traditional course work through thought-provoking discussions and hands-on experience that spark curiosity, creativity, risk-taking and scholarly investigation.

Students are encouraged to work in multidisciplinary teams and are led by a faculty mentor. Each team can request up to $3,000 in funding.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients:

Coyle, Cummings, & Lowe
This group will study an abandoned particle accelerator and present our findings in a multimedia installation that will engage the viewer in a conversation of scientific advancement, personal loss, and national unmet potential. (Award: $2,535.54)

Team Members 

  • Alexandra Coyle, Creative Advertising, Photography + Film, and Product Innovation
  • Shannon Lowe, Photography + Film, minor in Art History
  • Grace Cummings, VCU Spring 2016 alumna, Physics, PhD candidate in Particle Physics at UVA

Faculty Mentor

  • Jon-Phillip Sheridan, Photography + Film

Fundamental Solitude
This group will create an installation that explores the phenomena of jail construction. (Award: $2,435) 

Team Members

  • Charles Heebner, Painting + Printmaking
  • Logan Wyatt, Sculpture + Extended Media

Faculty Mentor

  • Corin Hewitt, Sculpture + Extended Media

Journeys
This endeavor will challenge and develop the way we work as dance artists by collaborating with students in different disciplines to support the process of producing an evening length dance performance. (Award: $2,730)

Team Members 

  • Christine Wyatt, Dance + Choreography
  • Jelani Taylor, Dance + Choreography
  • Taylor Black, Dance + Choreography
  • Angelique Scott, Craft/Material Studies: Ceramics and Art Education

Faculty Mentors

  • Lea Marshall, Dance + Choreography
  • Scott Putman, Dance + Choreography

Capturing the Quadruped in Motion Capture Systems
This group plans to build upon the motion capture resources in the Depot by adding the capabilities for quadruped motion capture. (Award: $915)

Team Members

  • Dawn Carr, Communication Arts
  • Virginia Stephenson, Communication Arts
  • Morgan Colonna, Communication Arts
  • Katelyn O’Leary, Communication Arts
  • Katharine Thompson, Communication Arts, Scientific and Preparatory Medical Illustration Concentration
  • Belle, Dog

Faculty Mentors

  • Matt Wallin, Communication Arts
  • John Henry Blatter, Interdisciplinary Technology and Media, The Depot

Forgotten News, Forgotten Names
This team proposes a series of events to follow the initial public screening of “Hell You Talmbout,” co-directed by Denzel Boyd, including a screen printing session and a social dance workshop–engaging the community with the themes of the film. (Award: $2,702) 

Team Members 

  • Denzel Boyd, Graphic Design
  • Talia Levinas, Graphic Design
  • Christina Hairston, Communication Arts
  • Maya Jackson, Photography + Film
  • Amanda Barnes, Painting + Printmaking

Faculty Mentors

  • David Shields, Chair, Graphic Design
  • Sandra Wheeler, Graphic Design

Vmodern Furniture Design
This team seeks to design a suite of handmade, non-traditional stools that provoke playfulness, imagination, and positive social interaction. (Award: $1,645) 

Team Members 

  • Esther Cho, Interior Design and Craft/Material Studies
  • Yeji Hong, Communication Arts

Faculty Mentors

  • Sterling C. Hundley, Communication Arts
  • Bohyun Yoon, Craft/Material Studies

The Fire Fawn
An innovative use of CGI will be employed to present the story of The Fire Fawn, which will screen at the end of the spring semester, 2017. (Award: $1,850) 

Team Members 

  • James Heyes, Kinetic Imaging
  • Meredith Brindley, Kinetic Imaging
  • Faculty Mentors

    • Bob Kaputof, Kinetic Imaging
    • Stephanie Thulin, Kinetic Imaging

    Edmund the Snail – Stop Motion Animated Short Film
    This team’s goal is to produce a stop motion short film titled Edmund the Snail, in which a little girl steps on a snail and is haunted by its ghost. (Award: $1,500)
     
    Team Members 

    • Lucas Alexander, Cinema, Writing/Media Studies Double Minor
    • Zack Rogers, Kinetic Imaging
    • Arielle Bryant, Cinema Major, Philosophy/Sociology Double Minor
    • Jesse Hosick, Cinema Major, English/History Double Minor
    • Tori Lusik, Cinema Major, Creative Writing/History Minor
    • Kyle Brady, Cinema Major, Business/Art History
    • Matt Williams, Cinema/Criminal Justice Double Major
    • Allen Simmons, Cinema Major, History/Sociology Double Minor

    Faculty Mentors

    • Kirk Kjeldsen, Cinema
    • Pam Turner, Kinetic Imaging

    Lumarium
    Lumarium is an interactive sensory environment combining new media and tactility in a non-traditional exhibition experience. (Award: $2,443)

    Team Members

    • Marin Leong, Kinetic Imaging
    • Jackie Lu, Kinetic Imaging
    • Roya Sodei, Sculpture + Extended Media

    Faculty Mentor

    • Stephen Vitiello, Kinetic Imaging

    A Sustainable Digital Art Show
    This group will address the problem of E-waste through an exemplary curated show of digital art that examines the implications of E-waste’s dispersion. (Award: $1,900) 

    Team Members 

    • Meredith Brindley, Kinetic Imaging
    • Claudine Reyes, Kinetic Imaging, Mathematics
    • Illya Lykinin, Kinetic Imaging
    • Hannah McKalips, Graphic Design
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    • Costantino Toth, Kinetic Imaging, Art History
    • Marin Leong, Kinetic Imaging, Art History
    • Kevin Moun, Kinetic Imaging
    • James Heyes, Kinetic Imaging
    • Brianna Ondris, Kinetic Imaging

    Faculty Mentor

    • Stephanie Thulin, Kinetic Imaging

    The Unghosting of Black America: An Exploration of the Black Experience and Racial Relations through Visual Poetic Drama
    Through the collaborative development of Visual Poetic Drama in a nontraditional theatre space, this project will investigate the portrayal of the black experience in a variety of forms (theatre, literature, and visual art). (Award: $3,000)
     
    Team Members 

    • Mikayla Bartholomew, Theatre
    • John Tyler Ludwig, English
    • Malik Sparrow, Kinetic Imaging

    Faculty Mentor

    • Bostin Christopher, Senior Acting Professor

    Shifting Focus on Identity, Community & Inclusivity “By what means do you understand yourself in the world?”
    This group intends to film interviews in Richmond, Baltimore, New Haven and New York City to be digitally uploaded and accessed through a public website domain. (Award: $530) 

    Team Members

    • Tiffany Vander Laan, Sculpture & Extended Media, Art History
    • John DiJulio, Photography & Film major

    Faculty Mentor

    • Janelle Proulx, Department of Photography + Film
    Date:

    December 12, 2016