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Jody Kielbasa
Vice Provost for the Arts
Director, Virginia Film Festival

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Faculty Research Grants for the Arts

Design Driven Manufacturing:
Place and Product

A project by Jeana Ripple, Assistant Professor of Architecture & Suzanne Moomaw, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning.

Design Driven Manufacturing is a creative response to the need for more education in this area. Through collaborative courses, workshops and Web-based resources, the project will offer a new dimension to the creative economy, exposing students across the arts and design disciplines to timely research and critical needs in the local community and region.


Being in Time:
An Audio-Visual Composition for Wind Ensemble, with Real-time Control and Real-Time Ensemble Visualization

A project by Judith Shatin, Professor of Music Composition in the McIntire Department of Music and her team, including Ellen Bass, Associate professor of Systems and Information Engineering; William Pease, Associate Professor of Music and Director of U.Va. bands; David Topper, Technical Director for the Virginia Center for Computer Music; Joseph Adkins, a graduate student in Composition and Computing Technologies; Nathan Trantham, a master’s degree graduate in Systems Engineering; and Paul Turowski, a graduate student in Composition and Computing Technologies.

Being in Time will draw on the interdisciplinary strengths at the University in music and engineering to create a robust system that will use new technologies to enhance performance utilizing live and interactive audio-visual elements



Black Fire

A film project directed by College of Arts & Sciences professors Kevin Jerome Everson of the McIntire Department of Art and Claudrena N. Harold of the Corcoran Department of History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.

Through film, performance arts and a public exhibit, Black Fire will explore the complex history of the struggle for racial equality, social justice and cultural transformation at U.Va. between 1969 and 1985.

"This multidisciplinary project highlights how artists and scholars in the U.Va. creative community and beyond have relied upon, and continue to rely on, the arts to articulate new ideas about race, justice, community and the transformative potential of education in our modern world," Elizabeth Hutton Turner, vice provost for the arts, said.

In addition to creating a documentary film, Black Fire will recreate the highly successful Black Culture Week, inaugurated in 1970 by the Black Students for Freedom, later known as the Black Student Alliance.

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The Stan Winston Arts Festival of The Moving Creature

A Project by the Fabrication Facilities of the Departments of Drama, Studio Art, and the School of Architecture
Fall 2012 – April 20, 2013

An Arts in Action Project Grant

This Festival is directed by Steven Warner, Lecturer and Technical Director of the Department of Drama, Eric Schmidt, Studio and Gallery Technician of the McIntire Department of Art, and Melissa Goldman, the Fabrication Facilities Manager of the School of Architecture.

From giant urban mechanical puppets to wind-driven, beachcombing beasts to animatronic state-of-the-art movie monsters, moving creatures are a mix of joyful spectacle, precise engineering, fearless experimentation, and resourceful fabrication techniques. This interdisciplinary project will engage students from Architecture, Studio Art, and Drama in a yearlong collaborative workshop to research, to design, and to construct creatures that will come to life for The Stan Winston Arts Festival of the Moving Creature on April 20, 2013.

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