Vibrant Ecologies reading club

Be part of an ecology of readers this fall!

Join the Vibrant Ecologies of Research reading group to dig into a selection of peer-reviewed projects and invited commentaries that explore the ecologies where arts-based inquiries thrive. This reading group will meet 3 times over the course of fall 2022 to discuss arts-integrated research. All reading materials can be found at: Ground Works.

Please email Meredith Emery (meredith.emery at uga dot edu), Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant, if you are interested in participating.

Echo publication

ECHO: a collection of eco-poetic works

Featuring nine works from writers Brenda Hillman, Ben Rutherford, Paul Cunningham, Holly Haworth, Connor Fisher, Genevieve Arlie, and Aviva Kasowski. Designed, printed, and bound in a limited edition by Alex McClay.

Idea Lab Mini Grants CFP

Idea Lab Mini Grants
Call for Proposals
Fall 2022

Idea Lab Mini Grants support new creative interdisciplinary projects. Grant recipients are provided with a mentor and are eligible for up to $1000 in support for project expenses. Collaborative teams must include participants from multiple disciplines and include at least one student, faculty, or staff member from UGA. Proposals will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee in order of receipt, pending the availability of funds.

Proposal form:

Proposal requirements:

– brief description of project goals (up to 300 words)

– names and project roles of collaborators

The Idea Lab Mini Grant Program is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. Ideas for Creative Exploration is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School.

4’33” Arts Research Competition

Call for Participation: Spotlight on the Arts LIVE Research Competition 4’33”
Deadline for Proposals: Wednesday, October 12 at 5 PM

This competition highlights UGA student research in the arts and provides an opportunity to win prizes and to share creative inquiry with peers, faculty, administrators, and alumni throughout the university community. The competition is open to any graduate student, or undergraduate student working on an advanced project, who is conducting research related to the literary, visual, or performing arts or artists.

4’33” Research Presentation: oral presentation no longer than four minutes and thirty-three seconds in length. Live presentations will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Athenaeum (387 W. Broad Street). The first prize winner will receive $433. All applicants must be available to attend the live presentation.

To apply send the following information in one pdf document to by Wednesday, October 12th by 5 PM:

– Name and major degree area
– Name of faculty advisor
– Description of your research in the arts (300-500 word maximum) which can be accompanied by up to 3 images. A jury will read these descriptions and select who will move on to the live presentation round.

Additional information:

– Description should clearly explain the significance and originality of your research.
– Research in the arts may include historical, theoretical, and critical research that students are undertaking either to inform their scholarly writing or their own artistic activity in any art form or combination of art forms, including (but not restricted to): visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, literature, media arts, or performance art.
– Presentation may be accompanied by Powerpoint slides as necessary. Media should be used to support and illustrate the presentation, not as a substitute for it.
– For FAQ and a list of past winners, see:

UGA Research Live: Humanities & Arts

UGA Research Live
Friday, December 9 at 11 AM

“Diversity, collaboration and innovation: Humanities & arts research and practice at UGA”


Usha Rodrigues, interim vice provost for academic affairs and chair, UGA Arts Council

Nicholas Allen, Chaired Professor in Humanities and director, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts

Barbara McCaskill, professor of English and associate academic director, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts

Mark Callahan, artistic director, Ideas for Creative Exploration, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Humanities and arts research, teaching and practice extend across UGA and the communities it serves. The Willson Center is a focus and a hub for this established and emerging work, as well as a catalyst for new ideas and connections. With deep foundations in excellence, our humanities and arts activities are one of our gateways to international partnerships. This conversation will introduce some of UGA’s humanities and arts infrastructure, share recent innovations, introduce plans for the future, and invite a discussion of interdisciplinary opportunities for students, faculty and diverse publics.

Reading Room: Vibrant Ecologies of Research

Vibrant Ecologies of Research
Ground Works Special Collection

What are the elements necessary to create a vibrant ecology of research where art and design inquiry may flourish alongside, within, and out of social and physical science research that is so deeply embedded within the fiber of research-oriented universities? In this special collection of Ground Works, the project work and commentaries explore vibrant ecologies of research, deepening our understanding of the institutional, social, and epistemological systems that effectively weave arts-based inquiry into the scholarly fabric of research.