sustainability + arts campus sustainability grants

Through a partnership with Ideas for Creative Exploration and the Lamar Dodd School of Art, we are pleased to provide co-funded opportunities for campus sustainability grants with an art component. The following projects have been previously funded.

Trash Music
  • submitted by Ciyadh Wells, pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts
  • under the direction of Mark Callahan, Ideas for Creative Exploration
Guarding Gorillas through Electronics and Elementary Art
  • submitted by Caroline Jones, PhD student in Psychology
  • under the direction of Dr. Roberta Salmi, Anthroplogy, and Dr. Dorothy Fragaszy, Psychology
Speaking with Nature at Lake Herrick: An Ecological Narrative through Eco-Art
  • submitted by Alexandra Hofner, PhD student in Integrative Conservation and Anthropology
  • under the direction of Dr. Richard Hall, Odum School of Ecology
Imagination Squared: Pathways to Relilience
  • submitted by Christina Foard, MFA student in Lamar Dodd School of Art
  • under the direction of Dr. Michael Marshall
4 Precious Plastic Recycling Machines

submitted by Sam Cherof, a senior sculpture major in Lamar Dodd School of Art under the direction of Lindy Erkes

Dodds & Ends

Kira Hegeman, an Art Education Ph.D. student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, under the direction of Chris McDowell, enhanced learning among students and teachers in local middle schools through hands-on design and construction using salvaged materials. Student collaborators included Zachary Harris, Isabel Hinsch, Abigail West.

Making and the Theatre: A Theatre for Young Audiences Event Encouraging Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation<br />

“Making and the Theatre” is a model of performance and hands-on creative activities to inspire and empower future generations of stewards and problem solvers. The two-fold event included a student performance, Another Kid’s Treasure Island, followed by a makerspace for the family audience. Working closely with students and faculty in the Learning Design and Technology program in the College of Education, the post-show makerspace involved the audience in hands-on challenges. In addition, audience members own a piece of the event in the form of take-home packets that define Georgia and National education standards met in their evening, introduce books, and include at-home challenges. Continuing with the sustainability theme, the performances used many found and recycled objects in costuming, sets, and properties. Another Kid’s Treasure Island was hosted by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia Children’s Garden Theater in the Woods during two public performances and makerspaces. The project team included Kelsey Brown (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Theatre and Film Studies), Gretchen Thomas (Learning Design and Technology), Ali Olhausen (Theatre and Film Studies, British and Irish Studies), Abby Jones (Theatre and Film Studies, Entertainment and Media Studies), Courtney Schilling (Theatre and Film Studies, Art Education), Connie Li (Theatre and Film Studies), and Israel Tordoya (Pharmaceutical Sciences).

A4P (Air Purifying Plants Proliferation Project
The Air Purifying Plants Proliferation Project, or A4P, was born out of a collaborative academic endeavor between graduate students and faculty in the painting and printmaking areas in the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The project embraces innovative and ecologically responsible practices with the goal of positioning UGA as a national model for a healthy and sustainable contemporary studio culture. With the support of the grant A4P engaged in a cross-disciplinary effort linking environmental activism in Art with the College of Environment and Design, Horticulture, and Engineering to introduce over 100 air-purifying plants to art studios, offices, and common areas in the Lamar Dodd building. A4P presented Preservationist, an exhibition and roundtable discussion investigating the rapid advancement of green practices in the contemporary art studio. The group collaborated with Alberta, Canada- based printmaker, Sean Caulfield and Minnesota-based sculptor David Hamlow to present an interactive exhibition that focuses on sustainability as a catalyst for dialogue about studio ecology and the environmental ethics of art-making. The exhibition was accompanied by a series of round table discussions, project presentation, and technical demonstrations.
Material Reuse: Thinking Inside the Box
The Material Reuse project focuses on waste reduction through the organization and reuse of art-making materials on the UGA campus. The project created a prototype to repurpose an industrial shipping container as a storage facility to house and make accessible discarded materials. This re-use hub will allow valuable resources to be organized and protected from the elements. It will also provide a more convenient and easily accessible location for drop-off and pick-up of materials. Project leaders Mason Towe (Economics) and Chris McDowell (Material Reuse Program) organized a public charrette led by Pratt Cassity (Center for Community Design and Preservation), involving student and faculty stakeholders in the design process.


Salon from Refuse
Lindsay Pennington, a sculpture major in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, challenged the way people think about waste through her senior exit show, The Salon from Refuse, feature sculptures from discarded materials in a dumpster that was converted into a gallery for visual and performance art.