Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) is proud to announce the designation of ICE Honorary Fellow to recognize individuals who epitomize ICE’s core values of innovation, creativity, and collaboration in extraordinary ways.
The two inaugural ICE Honorary Fellows are both University of Georgia alumni who volunteered their support during the formative years of ICE and inspire others now through the example of their careers: Heather McIntosh and John Michael Boling.
Heather McIntosh earned a Bachelor of Music degree from UGA, where she studied with ICE Charter Member Dr. Leonard V. Ball, Jr. She played an integral role in the creation of the AUX event and publishing series by offering her curatorial vision and leadership to the production of two volumes of experimental sound, youth workshops, five exciting AUX Festivals, and the legendary Faust in Athens performance and workshop.
Known to many as a fearless and hard-working collaborator, Heather’s expressive, provocative, and exquisitely crafted approach to performance and composition elevates and energizes the efforts of all those around her. Heather’s work is an essential part of the creative landscape of Athens and beyond, as experienced through her original compositions for film and video, studio recordings, live performances, and musical partnerships with an astounding array of artists.
Although her talents are known to many, Heather’s creative impact extends beyond the stage and soundtrack: she is a model of bold experimentation, thoughtfulness, and the integration of life and art.
To learn more about ICE Honorary Fellow Heather McIntosh visit: heathermcintosh.com
John Michael Boling earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UGA, where he received an ICE student fellowship to attend The Kitchen Summer Institute in New York. John Michael’s enthusiastic participation in ICE events and valuable feedback helped to show how students and alumni would become central to ICE’s mission, and his generosity of ideas continued as he was gaining international recognition as an innovator in the realm of art and technology.
John Michael’s agile mind and uncanny ability to identify emerging currents is tempered by diligence, sincerity, and humor. His influence is felt in multiple communities where his curiosity and sharp insights act as a galvanizing force and guiding vision, and his startlingly original works and collaborations in video, performance, and Internet art have come to define the possibilities of those forms in contemporary culture.
While celebrated and sought after for his accomplishments as an artist and leader, John Michael has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to take risks and explore new territories, challenging expectations and facing the unknown with creative integrity.
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Portraits by Joshua Ray Stephens. UGA alumnus Joshua Ray has produced incredible graphic novels, illustrations for The New Yorker, and the artwork for AUX Vol. 2. To see more visit: