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CELIA provides a limited number of seed grants to faculty to develop or pilot projects relating to collaborative and innovative projects and approaches to education and/or leadership in the arts. Grants up to $2,500 in research support, and are typically for one or two semesters. For more information, please contact Dr. Hank Dahlman, Director.
CELIA Seed Grant Awards for 2014—2015
Exposure: An exhibit of contemporary photography
The Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University
September 2 – October 12, 2014
The Stein Galleries' upcoming exhibit Exposure will be showcasing works made by prominent American photographers from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This show highlights a diverse selection of world-class contemporary photographic images that present a wide breadth of aesthetic, conceptual and technical approaches to the medium. In addition to showcasing the Stein Galleries’ permanent collection of photographs, supplemental works will be on loan from The Dayton Art Institute and a number of private art collectors in the southern Ohio region. This exceptional grouping of images will facilitate discourse related to social and cultural issues, race and gender, as well as traditions and movements within the last 60 years of the photographic genre. Through a diverse range of subjects, processes and themes, the photographs exhibited in this show will expand this dialogue regarding photography as an evolving medium.
Tracy Longley-Cook (b. 1973, Coronado, California) has her BFA and MFA in photography from the University of Washington (1997), and Arizona State University (2007), respectively. Tracy also studied at the Maine Photographic Workshops residency program from1994-95. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of photography at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Her interests as a visual artist, educator and curator are strongly influenced by themes relating to place, transformation, memory and perception. Through the use of experimental and traditional techniques, Tracy incorporates a variety of working methods into her photography, prints and books.
Alpana Sharma is Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Graduate Director of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and taught at the University of Delaware and University of Nebraska-Lincoln before moving to Dayton in 2000. She has published on South Asian women writers, post-colonial literature, and Hindi cinema in academic journals ranging from Modern Fiction Studies to Literature/Film Quarterly. She has edited a collection of essays on new immigrant literatures in the United States and a special issue of the journal, South Asian Review, on the topic of South Asian modernism. At Wright State University, Alpana Sharma teaches courses in non-western and post-colonial literature, including literature from South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She has also taught South Asian film, literature of the post-colonial diaspora, and post-colonial theory on the undergraduate and graduate level.
CELIA Seed Grant Awards for 2013—2014
Steven Bognar and James Klein: Reinvention Stories — Year Two
The Dayton Art Institute has partnered with the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) and WYSO 91.3 to present the exhibition Reinvention Portraits: Photographs by Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar and the Reinvention Collaborative, on view June 30 – September 29.
Last summer, an award-winning team of Dayton filmmakers and WYSO 91.3 public radio staffers, led by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, walked more than a dozen Dayton neighborhoods. Spending time primarily in Belmont, Residence Park, South Park and Twin Towers, they met people on their porches, in their driveways, walking their dogs, and in parks with their families. They captured hundreds of hours of video and thousands of images of great, funny, surprising and inspiring stories of adversity, resilience and reinvention.
The portraits featured in the upcoming exhibition, taken by the eight-member Reinvention Collaborative of Steven Bognar, Liz Cambron, Emily Evans, Megan Hague, Shawndra Jones, Emily McCord, Julia Reichert and Kyle Wilkinson, along with colorist Chase Whiteside, are a selection curated by Eva Buttacavoli, executive director at DVAC. Reinvention Portraits is part of a collaboration between DVAC and The Dayton Art Institute, intended to bring a fresh look at the art happening in our community.
The exhibition also includes a looped video that merges three perspectives of travelling up and down the city streets. Created by fastening GoPro cameras to the left side, right side and top of the artists’ car, the video rolls viewers through the neighborhoods, unraveling and then raveling the city up again.
Reinvention Portraits is on view in Gallery 209, just off the museum’s Great Hall. The exhibition is open during regular museum hours and admission is included in the museum’s suggested general admission.
Related: A gallery talk and reception with the artists will be held in the museum's Great Hall on Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.
Image: Kyle Wilkinson, Barbara Gavida and Family, 2012, Digital Print
From the Dayton Art Institute website
Shengrong Cai: Voices from Multiple Perspectives
Voices from Multiple Perspectives: International Students’ Academic English Proficiency Development when Transitioning from English Language Programs to Academic
With the increasing number of international students enrolled at Wright State as well as other universities in the U.S., it is necessary to track their development of academic English skills. The proposed project will take a multiple perspective case study approach to examine the development of academic English proficiency of a few selected international students during their first year of academic programs in the university. Data will be collected from observations of the students’ participation in academic courses, analyses of their speech and writing samples, and interviews with the students. Supplementary data will be drawn from interviews with academic faculty members who have regularly worked with these students. The results will help us to better understand the major challenges that first-year international students face and shed light on the possible collaborations between ESL faculty and academic faculty that can help better serve new international students.
Carol Loranger, Sarah Twill and Carl Brun: Reading for Peace
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP) was established in 2006 in order to recognize Dayton’s historic role in the Dayton Peace Accords. The founders of the DLPP believe that through literature individuals come to understand and appreciate differences among “individuals, families, communities, nations, ethnic groups, culture and religion.” The Co llege and University Consortium of the DLPP seeks to promote activities on campuses that engage students, faculty, and community members in such reading and discussion. This project will bring two DLPP authors to campus the weekend of November 1-4. Events on campus will include some combination of Writing for Peace workshops, classroom visits, a Writing and Reading for Social Justice panel, hosted book discussion groups, and a public lecture on Families and Peace. At this time, Andrew Krivak, 2012 fiction winner for The Sojourn, is confirmed to visit on Friday, November 1. For more inforamtion on the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Awards, go to their wensite at www.daytonliterarypeaceprize.org
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