Professional Development Fund Spring 2011 funding cycle

The Professional Development Fund Committee met on April 19, 2011 to review project proposals submitted for its Spring funding cycle. The Committee received 27 proposals requesting over $90,000 in support.

The Committee is pleased to announce the following awards:

Mary Bergstein (Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture) received funding for her study at the Weill Cornell Medical College of the Szondi test-kit of photographs which were used as a tool to diagnose mental illness.

Jean Blackburn (Professor, Illustration) received funding for the fabrication of her NOMAD installation inspired by traditional  Bedouin tents and contemporary waves of displacement.

Deborah Bright  (Professor, Photography) received funding to document changes in the neighborhoods of Jaffa and other Israeli communities wracked by cultural and religious tensions and threatened by development.

Janice DeFrances (Senior Lecturer, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design) received funding to conduct interviews at and photograph nursing homes and day care settings towards enhancing caregiver empathy.

Eric Forman (Critic, Digital + Media) received funding for his kinetic radioscape installation.

Richard Gann (Senior Critic, Illustration) received funding to study at the Library of the Academia in Venice and with professional restorers in Florence and Rome.

Shawn Greenlee (Asst. Professor, Foundation Studies) received funding for his field research on animal communication and  bioacoustics.

Graham Guerra (Critic, Foundation) received funding for an artist residency at Frans Masereel Centrum  in Belgium.

Maria Guest (Critic, Architecture) received funding for her sonic and visual installation about the presence of place which will be exhibited at the Mills Gallery in Boston.

Daniel Harkett (Asst. Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture) received funding for research for his book on the relationship between visual culture and salon life in post-revolutionary France.

Elizabeth Hermann (Professor, Landscape Architecture) received funding to document community-based entreprenuership in India and Pakistan.

Mariah Proctor-Tiffany (Lecturer, History of Art and Visual Culture) received funding for research for her book on Clemence of Hungary, Queen of France and her patronage of the arts.

Pari Riahi (Critic, Architecture) received funding to create an interactive architecture design using gaming software.

Tracy Steepy  (Assc. Professor, Jewelry+Metalsmithing) received funding to create porcelain wearable pieces during her residency in the Netherlands.

Lynnette Widder (Assc. Professor, Architecture) was granted release time to work on her book about German architects who stayed in Germany and those of emigrated after WWII.

Agnieszka Woznicka (Assc. Professor, Film/Animation/Video) received funding to participate in a marionette workshop in Prague with international puppet masters.

Image courtesy Deborah Bright

The Professional Development Fund Committee for the Spring 2011 funding cycle: Silvia Acosta (Architecture), Susan Doyle (Illustration), Ned Dwyer (HPSS), Tom Mills (Foundation Studies), Hans Van Dijk (Graphic Design). The committee is chaired by Provost Jessie Shefrin.