MCA Faculty Members Awarded Grants

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March 8, 2016

Eszter Sziksz_Illuminated Artist Suite

Memphis College of Art Faculty Members Awarded Grants

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Six faculty members at Memphis College of Art have been awarded grants from the Martha and Robert Fogelman Family Faculty Enrichment Fund. The awards will fund, fully and partially, artistic ventures that faculty members have applied for and will complete within the year.

The Fogelman Family Faculty Enrichment Fund provides annual cash awards to support the exploration of new areas of creative endeavor, scholarly research, artistic workshops and other means of artistic advancement that will enhance teaching, advance faculty professional standing, and benefit the Memphis College of Art community. Recipients this year include Professor Maritza Dávila, Visiting Professor Colleen Fitzgerald, Professor Susan Maakestad, Associate Professor Michele Noiset, Interim Director of MFA Programs Eszter Sziksz and Associate Professor Leandra Urrutia.

Dávila, chair of the Fine Arts department and a prolific printmaker, will use her award to complete a new book art project. Fitzgerald, a photographic artist, plans to experiment with a new medium by participating in a glass workshop to expand her interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. Maakestad will produce an extensive color catalog of her paintings, which she will disperse at future exhibitions and studio visits. As chair of the Illustration department, Noiset will attend the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, Mass. this summer. Now in its ninth year, the IMC provides an outlet for attendees to work alongside top illustrators in the industry, sharing studio space to gain inspiration and direct insight to their creative process. Sziksz, who had previously created an illuminated print installation for ICEHOTEL 2012-2013, will travel for a second time to Sweden to participate in the ICEHOTEL summer artist residency, where she will focus on techniques of printing on and carving ice. Urrutia plans to use her award to continue her involvement in the Studio Nong Residency, an international sculpture collective that she has participated in since 2013, made up of four Chinese artists from the Guangxi Arts Institute and three other American artists from the Kansas City Art Institute. Their most recent exhibition Sunset/Sunrise was on view at MCA’s Hyde Gallery in January, and the works have now traveled to Kansas City, Mo. for additional exhibitions at the Weinberger Fine Art Gallery, KCAI and the 50th Convention of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Also awarded to Fitzgerald is this year’s grant from the Ted and Leona Faiers Vermont Fund, an endowment supported by Peter Formanek to annually send MCA faculty to the Vermont Studio Center Residency. During the residency this summer, Fitzgerald will complete a body of work within her current realm of experimental photography.

Photo: Eszter Sziksz and Nikkila Carroll, “Illuminated Artist Suite,” ICEHOTEL 2012-13, Sweden

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