The Center for Arts and Humanities (CAH) has selected nine faculty to receive the 2021 CAH Fellowships and Catalyst Award.
Faculty receiving the CAH Fellowship for 2021:
AVANTICA BAWA, Department of Fine Arts
Bawa will continue an ongoing series of installations reflecting the artist’s interest in responding to the built and natural environment through the language of drawing and construction.
TROY BENNEFIELD, School of Music
Bennefield will explore and publish information on the life and works of Dutch composer Julius Hijman, whose career was interrupted by the Nazi regime. Bennefield will produce the first-ever recordings of Hijman’s compositions.
DENNIS DeHART, Department of Fine Arts
DeHart will create a lens-based series of works focused on the Columbia River drainage basin and the Snake River. The exhibition will be in collaboration with the WSU Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
MARTIN KING, School of Music
King will commission a new horn, tuba and piano trio, record an album of music for this ensemble, and give performing tours of this music to expand and diversify the repertoire and promote this ensemble.
LAURIE MERCIER, Department of History
Mercier will conduct research for a book project about gendered occupational segregation in the U.S. and Canadian Wests from 1930-2020.
MELISSA NICOLAS, Department of English
Nicolas will create an open-access digital archive of personal narratives about living through the COVID‑19 pandemic.
JEFF SANDERS, Department of History
Sanders will develop a book proposal for a cultural and environmental history of strontium 90.
JACQUELINE WILSON, School of Music
Wilson will create an album of classical works by Indigenous composers for solo bassoon utilizing a decolonized approach.
Faculty receiving the CAH Catalyst Award for 2021:
RUTH GREGORY, Digital Technology and Culture Program
Gregory will pursue multiple grant proposals to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Spencer Foundation, and provide paid internships for community engaged humanities students.
For more than 80 years, Washington State University has recognized 10 of the top seniors in each graduating class. The WSU Alumni Association selects these women and men who represent the highest standards in specific aspects of the college experience, including academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, and visual and performing arts.
Five CAS students were among the Top 10 of 2021.
College of Arts and Sciences
Digital Technology and Culture
College of Arts and Sciences
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
College of Arts and Sciences, Honors College
Music performance in saxophone with an emphasis in jazz
College of Arts and Sciences
Digital Technology & Culture, Fine Arts
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science, Psychology
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects across the country, including work by Hallie Meredith, an assistant professor, career track, of fine arts at Washington State University.
Meredith’s project, “Fragmentary and Unfinished Art: Documenting Undocumented Late Roman Art and Process,” is the only project from the state of Washington selected for NEH funding. The $6,000 summer stipend will support her research and writing of a monograph about late Roman carving techniques through the study of incomplete stone sculptures.
“The implications for this project are wide-ranging, extending beyond the central period of study,” Meredith said. “I expect to make a significant interdisciplinary contribution to discourse in archaeology, ancient history, art history, classics, craft history and theory and economic studies, among other fields of study.”
Hallie G. Meredith, a teaching assistant professor of fine arts at Washington State University, is being honored with two major awards for her research into ancient Roman art processes.
Meredith received the William R. Levin Award for Research in the History of Art before 1750 from SECAC, a leading national arts education and research organization, for her project “Fragmentary and Unfinished Art: Documenting Undocumented Late Roman Art and Process.” She was also selected to receive a 2021 Clark Fellowship for her related project, “Workshops, Process, and Anonymity: The Roots of Contemporary Craft in Ancient Roman Art.”
“The Roman practice of concealing evidence of carving has led to a fundamental gap in our knowledge concerning production,” Meredith said. “My approach will enable unfinished pieces to take center stage, with the potential for fundamentally important – but obscured – visual information to be accessed, and their wider significance and cross-disciplinary implications to be addressed.”
For an Art, Science and Technology course at Washington State University Tri-Cities, the transition to virtual learning proved not only to be a natural transition. It played to the course’s sweet spot.
As the title of the course suggests, students bring together what some may consider two sides of a coin – art, and science and technology. But for Peter Christenson, an associate professor of fine arts, the blending of the two fields is natural.
“The transition to virtual has been beneficial in some ways, especially in more digitally-focused classes,” he said. “It is essentially a natural extension to everyone’s practice. Our students are brilliant and very adaptable. They are the creative class of the campus. I have been impressed with their work ethic and diligence … With the social context we are going through, I have been impressed with the work that students are putting out.”
Kyle Kopta, a senior digital technology and culture major, came up with the idea for what he calls “The Photo Machine” for his project, where the machine automates the process of taking a photo of oneself. The user turns a handle, which activates a gear mechanism, drops a marble into a tube and triggers the shutter on a camera.