Art Student with ArtCELIA 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

Alpana Sharma

Alpana Sharma

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 StoriesYear Two

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Presented in Partnership with the Dayton Visual Arts Center and WYSO 91.3
June 30 2013 - September 29 2013

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 by Text-Enhance">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 by Text-Enhance">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 Shengrong Cai

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 Carol Loranger, Sarah Twill, and Carl Brunllege 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