Congratulations to our 2018 Albert P. Weisman Winners. During the course of the award period, each student will work with a professional mentor to complete their projects.
Ksenia Ianova - Cinema and Television ArtsJack and Anna
Our project, Jack and Anna is a thesis short film based on a true, tragic story and it tells about two young gay females, Helen and Anna. Through this story, we will show how the society can be cruel to gay women. We catch small moments from the life of these women right before a scandal trial separated them forever. We use many archive documents and memories from Anna’s granddaughter who still lives in Meeker, Colorado where this story happened more than 100 years ago. Being a period piece, this story shows that despite what happened a long time ago the society still doesn’t accept LGBT people and as filmmakers, we have a strong will to support LGBT society with our short film.
Emily Harmon - Cinema and Television ArtsAmerican Life
In collaboration with Calisto Ololngojine
Communities of color across America are still purposely denied economic and political power which has had devastating social impact. In our film, through the eyes of a 17-year old boxer who wants to keep his family safe, we experience how marginalization breeds violence and the harrowing impact on human lives. This film is an effort to inspire conversations and ultimately investment in, and the empowerment of, oppressed communities.
Chelsea Darter - PhotographyA Prairie Fisher King
In this body of work I examine the notion of home, attachment, and the changing relationship one has with place. Utilizing personal narrative I photograph within the county where my family has lived for generations in rural Iowa. My work seeks to investigate how the changing socioeconomic structures shaping the region manifest on a psychological and atmospheric level and how that change intersects with a deeply rooted sense of place. I invite the viewer along in my search as I pair images of the broader landscape to domestic interiors of family and friends, resulting in an idiosyncratic experience of place and identity. Named after the tragic king of Arthurian Legend I suggest that the idyll of home is ultimately a myth.
Micaela Sanders - Photographynineteen-fifty-now
Our project, "nineteen-fifty-now”, holds a great deal of sentimental value to us. We wanted to create a project that would reinvent something that we were drawn to as children. We were inspired by the wallpaper that still hangs in our grandparent’s homes. The complex, hand-drawn look of 1950’s fruit and floral wallpaper brings us a sense of calming familiarity. We are taking that feeling of warm nostalgia and bringing it to the 21st Century on a larger scale. We plan on turning our photographs into patterns to print on paper and textiles. We hope that for the viewers, "nineteen-fifty-now” evokes the same feeling of a time past brought back to life that it does for us.
Kazumi Seki - Art and Art HistoryArugamama
"あるがままArugamama is a Japanese concept considered the goal of Morita Therapy that emphasizes the naturalness of feelings and acceptance of feelings as they are, non-judgmentally, a concept very much important for living in today’s diverse age. My interdisciplinary project entitled 'あるがままArugamama: a space to be oneself (working title)' is a socially engaged, interactive art project combining a participatory installation, the art event “Bedtime Book Reading” and book art. Morita Therapy is an ecological, purpose-centered, response-oriented branch of clinical psychology strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism. Developed by Shoma Morita, a contemporary of Freud, his approach have been expanded to address not only emotional well-being but to improve function in many aspects of day to day life."
Camila Rivero - DanceiORGAN
“iORGAN” is the consolidation of the choreographic project “Illusions of Self”. This extension aims to physicalize the conversation that happens between the body and the “I”. The active dialog between the body and the constructed ideas of self (“I”). How the interaction of this duality produces a gap in which the transduction of physical movement is seen as behavioral patterns. Furthermore, my methodologies conjunct Eastern philosophies and dance in order to create a space for transformation in which the experience of nothingness is found. An ontological outlook to dance to transcend the conceptions of this form and allow for an experience of consciousness to arise.
Adam Villani - Cinema and Television ArtsChasing Westboro
"Chasing Westboro is a personal documentary film by queer jewish filmmaker Adam Villani, chronicling his journey of reckoning with the Westboro Baptist Church; the most infamous hate church in the country, known for picketing jews, gays, soldiers and anyone who is not like them."
Lindsay Holeso - Fashion StudiesEquilibrium
Fear of the Great Barrier Reef passing away and the significance of our oceans health dependent on coral ecosystems, this project is built to explore environmental solutions through fashion design. As 2017 ends, events such as the USA pulling out of the Paris Act Agreement, rising frequencies of natural disasters such as hurricanes Irma and Harvey- climate change needs to be addressed. This fashion collection is built upon how there is a natural balance between nature and humans. How we interact with our environment and how we treat our world have major, long lasting impacts that can last for generations. Focusing on this natural equilibrium between humans and nature, I seek to portray the significance of these habitats in my work.
Mary Smith - Art and Art HistoryAlone, in Company
Alone, In Company is a paradox, a Surrealist absurdity. With a focus on private acts played out in the public eye, this series of performances and installations takes place on the artist’s own rooftop, situated adjacent to the CTA Blue Line. Responding to a site which is constantly in flux, oscillating between the private and public realm with the rhythm of the passing trains, these works seek to reach the most ephemeral of audiences and to interrogate those boundaries between the distant and intimate. Each act or installation functions to break through, even if only for a moment, that wall which we have each built up to tune out the world in passing, and asks us to reconsider our own illusion of privacy.
Steven Johnson - DesignPermission to Pheel
I am an illustration major who wants to take their art beyond a two dimensional space and manifest its atmosphere into a physical space. My project is to create a progressive social space in a solo exhibition that deals with aspects of the human experience that are often demonized, ostracized, and oppressed in society. Nowadays, the youth struggle with a lack of emotional literacy that’s being prompted by society’s perfectionist narrative. Experiences such as depression, mistakes, and failure aren’t socially accepted but are a huge part of what makes us human. With this project I’m working towards creating a space where the dimensions of human nature are embraced.
Zach Barnard - Art and Art HistoryHidden Moments
Tiny closets under staircases. Bowed windowsills above sinks. Chatter amongst the crowded spokes of twisted chandeliers. Whispers behind a clock. Secrets behind cast iron gates. Gossip between panes of stained glass. A casual conversation between chairs. Hidden moments are all around us: silent and unresponsive. Ignoring us. You can feel the laughter fighting back. These interstitial spaces tiptoe around us in avoidance every day; sharing knowledge and true identity only when left with lights switched off. Floorboards cackle and ceiling cry: spaces of bustling emotion and concealed life. This is what I want to capture and present to you: wild animals thought to be extinct. Unveiling the latent within your own home.
Kyra Peterson - Art and Art Historyslipping the chin into empty space around the face
slipping the chin into empty space around the face is a multi-disciplinary work focused on tonality of imagery in relation to the fragility of truth in human nature through formal elements of print and film media. The work consists of a dance film, rooted in surrealist visuals and active post-production, and a printed newspaper, a tangible version of the work focusing on the semiotics and semantics of the work itself and the process. Movement presented in the film, visual forms, and text within the newspaper derive from research of observed body language surrounding the slippery nature of the truth, exaggerated portrayals of these human forms, and conversations centered around the body and how it functions in a social climate where the truth is so malleable.