From top left: Rana Young, Sky Maggiore, Trent Bozeman, Chung Park, David Andree, Brody Parrish Craig and Maximiliano Oliver Calabotta
The Mid-America Arts Alliance announced the 2022 Artists 360 Awards and the School of the Arts at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences celebrates the arts faculty and students and local artists who have provided project and student grants.
School of Art recipients include David Andree, assistant professor of art in painting and drawing and Rana Young, teaching assistant professor of studio photography. Additionally, graduate students Trent Bozeman, Sky Maggiore and Chung Park and BFA art education student Maximiliano Oliver Calabotta in collaboration with Brody Parrish Craig.
“We are grateful to all the artists selected for the 2022 Artists 360 grants,” said Marty Maxwell Lane, director of the School of Art. “We are especially proud to see faculty and graduate students and undergraduates from the School of Art selected this year. Through their creative research the artists are opening up important conversations about topics such as trans joy, memory, labor, indigenous peoples, black preservation, history, family trauma, and more. We are proud to have these scholars in our community and excited to see their research and methods advanced with this support.”
David Andree, assistant professor of art in painting, drawing and composition, is a native of Minnesota and maintains a tribal relationship with the Red Lake Nation of the Ojibwe.
Andree is planning to visit important indigenous sites and will create new special images of the landscape through painting, graphics and sound, resulting in publication and exhibition.
Projects include landscape paintings, frozen fabric sculptures made of landscape, and a musical instrument played by the movement of water in streams.
Rana Young is an assistant professor of photography and photography and is currently working on the project The Lie Smilesan examination of his relationship with his late mother.
The Lie Smiles is a photographic series that responds to Young’s mother’s archive and her absence in which he constructs artificial memories to redefine his life and anoint his mother’s death. Since 2017, Young has been researching life experiences that lead to parental abandonment, incarceration and his mother’s insistence on hiding the years of suffering she endured.
Young describes the family’s stories as an aid in providing the virtues and qualities of his mother to confront or forgive.
Trent Bozeman is an MFA graduate student with a background in journalism and is interested in how black history is changed, written, and preserved.
His current project is based in the Arkansas Delta in Elaine, Arkansas where Bozeman describes the racial divide as strong as ever. He focuses on collaboration as he creates paintings with a wide range of views on politics, social issues and Elaine’s culture.
Last summer Bozeman hosted a photography camp at the Elaine Heritage Center and plans to continue the camp in 2023.
“Giving these kids the tools and agency to be independent is empowering, and hopefully it can change the way this place is for them,” Bozeman said.
The city is currently building the Elaine Civil Rights Museum and Bozeman intends to have their entire project become part of the museum and archive.
Sky Maggiore is an MFA graduate student, artist and teacher from rural New York whose practice uses the mechanics of photography and language to approximate emotional concepts.
Maggiore considers how visual media and installation can intervene to question the ways in which photography and queerness intersect. Their research on perception and embodiment is influenced by their lived experience as an artist from Appalachia.
Through multiple mediums, the work contemplates grief, change, survival, endurance and impossibility in an unstable life. They use the vestiges of their revolution to speak of its temporary and uncertain nature. These remains are used to confront the static understanding of the trans experience and become a research site for Maggiore’s work.
Chung Park is a Korean-born American artist and MFA graduate student currently exploring ideas of labor, memory, and society by drawing on her personal and family history.
Park’s background is painting but using a variety of techniques that work across multiple media. Recent research in writing, ceramics, installation and performance has pushed him to build immersive spaces that evoke the tension between comfort and displacement.
She has embarked on a career in craft and research that includes work to identify her Korean heritage, food culture and the immigrant experience.
Maximiliano Oliver Calabotta, an undergraduate art education student, and MFA writing and translation program graduate Brody Parrish Craig are working together to increase access for the trans community to share stories of joy.
Continuing the previous work and series of TWANG workshops, they will work within the TGNC community of Arkansas to create a fourth edition that responds to “Trans Joy IS”. Through promotional events, announcements and artist exhibitions, they are working hard to promote Twang’s project to collaborate and create the TGNC+ art group.