2019 a2ru Student Challenge Grant Recipients Announced

May 1, 2019
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2019 Student Challenge Grant Recipients Announced

Two interdisciplinary student teams were awarded Student Challenge Grants by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) to pursue projects that were inspired by the 2019 Emerging Creatives Student Summit hosted by James Madison University on the topic of Food + Place. The summit convened interdisciplinary teams from various a2ru partner research universities to address issues around the theme.

“Food Bites Infozine” was awarded $2,000 plus travel expenses to attend and present at the 2019 a2ru National Conference, to create a series of infozines, which cover an assortment of diverse aspects of food and place. Of the project, the group states: “Through these curated collections of stories, resources and works of art, we hope to offer ways to think about and consider the role food plays in our personal, communal, and environmental experiences and relationships. We intend to use these working understandings to explore the ties we feel to the places (physical & intangible, grounded & transient) that we occupy.” The team includes Laura Ney, University of Georgia, PhD., Crop and Soil Sciences; Irasema Quezada Hammock, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BFA, Graphic Design; Sarah Whittmeyer, University of Colorado, BS, Music and Music Business; Stephanie Bonnell, University of Cincinnati, major in Communications and minor in Environmental Studies; Sydney Mathis, University of Virginia, double major in Commerce and Global Environments and Sustainability; and Emma Kornegay, VCU School of the Arts, BS Fine Arts.


Thursday, May 16 at 8 PM
Go Bar, Athens GA


ICE Honorary Fellow John Michael Boling presents CULTURESPORT, an original music-driven science fiction animated web series set in a world adjacent to our own. John Michael Boling (BFA 2006) is an artist known for pioneering works in Internet art and video. He received an ICE student fellowship to attend The Kitchen Summer Institute and was a featured presenter in the 2007 ICE Open House: Net Art. John Michael co-founded and served as Head of Product for Are.na, an online tool for collaborative research and served as Associate Director of Rhizome.

For more information about CULTURESPORT and their Kickstarter campaign visit:

Join CULTURESPORT as they screen their debut episode ROTTERDAM 1995. Meet the creators while they discuss the process of creating a DIY animation studio, offering exclusive insight and merchandise.

Developed in relative secrecy over the past five years, CULTURESPORT is a sprawling fictional universe — the result of intensive and ongoing collaboration between artists, designers, musicians, actors, dancers, brands, and CULTURESPORT’s in-house creative team.

Reading Room: Creative Capital On Our Radar

Reading Room: Creative Capital On Our Radar

On Our Radar 2019 features noteworthy projects in all disciplines that advanced to the final round in the competitive selection process for the Creative Capital Award. During each award cycle, Creative Capital has the great privilege of learning about a wealth of exciting artists’ projects. By promoting projects “on our radar” to our community of people who are passionate about the arts, we can forge connections that lead to new support and collaborative opportunities.

Source: Creative Capital
Link: creative-capital.org/on-our-radar/

Idea Lab Conversation: How to start a festival

*Rescheduled for Monday, April 29 at Noon*

Idea Lab Conversation: How to start a festival
*Rescheduled for Monday, April 29 at Noon*
Lamar Dodd Building, Room S160

Ad•verse Fest producer AC Carter will discuss in detail about how they organized, curated,
and visualized Ad•verse Fest – a two day festival highlighting solo and duo performers cross genre.

XR3: Extended Reality Technologies at UGA

XR3: Extended Reality Technologies at UGA
Monday, April 15
6:30 – 8 PM Demos
8 PM Discussion
MLC Reading Room (3rd Floor)

How are extended reality (XR) technologies contributing to research at UGA? This hands-on demo session and discussion will provide an overview of activities with participation from faculty and students in the College of Engineering, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Institute of Women’s Studies, College of Environment and Design, College of Education, Science Library Makerspace, and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. From 6:30 – 8 visitors can experience virtual and augmented reality projects, followed by a panel discussion with faculty and students. This is a free event and any AR or VR beginner, hobbyist, or expert is encouraged to attend. Hosted by Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Screening and Discussion: Hidden Rivers

Screening and discussion: Hidden Rivers
Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 PM
Cine, 234 W. Hancock Ave.

Trailer: vimeo.com/66103145

Hidden Rivers is a new feature-length film that explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region and reveals both the beauty and vulnerability of this aquatic life and how many people are finding ways to protect it.

Presented with a light hors d’œuvre reception catered by The National, gallery viewing of photos from Freshwaters Illustrated, and a panel discussion following the screening with the filmmaker, southeastern aquatic conservation professionals, and local interdisciplinary arts researchers. The event is being held in conjunction with the biennial Georgia Water Resources Conference.

The film was produced and directed by Jeremy Monroe of Freshwaters Illustrated, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about aquatic ecosystems through photography, video and film.

“We worked for nearly ten years to make an immersive film that would give audiences a deep dive into the river ecosystems of Southern Appalachia, along with a glimpse of the species and habitat conservation work that is happening throughout the region,” said Monroe. “Our hope is that this film will inspire more conversations about river and water conservation in the Southeast, and that river conservation groups will use the film as a way to enlighten and broaden their own communities.”

The program will begin in the Cine Lab at 6:30 with a reception and gallery viewing of Freshwaters Illustrated photographs. Hidden Rivers will be shown at 7:30, followed by a Q&A session featuring Monroe, southeastern aquatic conservation professionals and local interdisciplinary arts researchers. Confirmed panelists include Bernard Kuhajda, science program manager for the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute; Bud Freeman, director of the Georgia Museum of Natural History; Alex Lamle, aquatic biologist with The Nature Conservancy and Abigail West, a student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art and intern with the UGA office of Sustainability.

Support for the event was provided by the Johnson Family Foundation and co-sponsored by the Georgia Water Resources Conference and the University of Georgia’s River Basin Center, Office of Sustainability, and Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the Ciné box office or online at: