"I was encouraged by my mentor and applied to the Scholars program in order to develop my understanding and ability to conduct research in art and learn how to expand my perception of the influence of art and its ability to creatively affect and dialogue with a community. Throughout this academic year I will be researching and exploring the philosophy and anthropology behind the architecture of stadiums. I will be looking at the physical space of stadiums and develop an educated opinion about the potential and power of stadiums as they relate to a community."
Video Making, Web Design, Architecture.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Pell Grant
- Douglas Turner Grant
Bill Glass Ministries, Unite Serve, and Compassion International.
Hobbies and Interests
- Sports, traveling, languages, and photography.
Throughout the year, I will be travelling to different stadiums, photographing and videoing them, in order to record and explore their physical space and relationship to a community. By visually analyzing these places, I will be able to dynamically rebuild environments in the same way that I am able to explore them so that a new audience might visually dialogue with the space and community I have recorded. I will be researching the philosophical and anthropological background of “non-spaces” (as defined by Marc Auge in Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity) and contextualize the architecture and impact of the stadiums I visit. In recording and studying these stadiums it is my goal to understand how the architectural space is created and used, how that space encompasses a community, and how that space is later impacted by its contiguous culture. Through observing these multiple stadiums I hope to create a dialogue between two communities through the reconstructed space of a stadium.