"I applied to the University Scholars program because I want to dedicate time to one body of research based artwork. My mentor Celeste Roberge has taught her students that as artists research is essential to forming ideas and conceptualizing work. In previous years, and lower-level classes I have had to create work quickly based on assignments. By having an entire academic year and the support of the University Scholars program I will be able to research and learn from people in other areas of study to create a strong body of artwork based on one concept."
Sculpture, Linguistics, the relationship between art and the sciences.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Charles Vincent and Heidi McLaughlin Scholarship (2011)
- Wentworth Travel Scholarship (2011)
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event Award (2011)
- Amy Nicole DeGrove Memorial Scholarship (2008, 2010)
- Dean's List
- Co-Founder and Facilitator of ScArt
- Art/Science Collective blog
- Menoah Arts Team at Hillel
- Gainesville Handweavers Guild
Hobbies and Interests
- Fiber arts, teaching, traveling, biking, and eating meals with friends.
Perforation is a prevalent form in nature. Seaweed and corals display open lacework, pores in our skin allow us to sweat and grow hair, and throughout the universe the sky is perforated with black holes. This year I will work with Sculpture Professor Celeste Roberge to research and create work around Perforations. We will develop concepts around perforated forms based on collaborations with UF researchers in the sciences and research in outside fields. The goal of this research is to find reasons for and applications of perforations in nature, engineering and design and to apply them to art making. Throughout the year Professor Roberge and I will convert our research into artwork and ultimately create a body of finished sculptures to be exhibited.