Clockwise 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 Art at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences celebrates art faculty and students and local artists who have received project and student grants.
School of Art recipients include David Andree, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, and Rana Young, Assistant Professor of Studio Art Photography. In addition, graduate students Trent Bozeman, Sky Maggiore and Chung Park, and BFA student Maximiliano Oliver Calabotta in collaboration with Brody Parrish Craig.
“Congratulations to all the artists selected for the 2022 Artists 360 grants,” said Marty Maxwell Lane, Director of the School of Art were selected. Through their creative exploration, these artists open important conversations on issues such as trans joy, memory, labor, Indigenous land and preservation of Black history, family trauma, and more. We are honored to have these artists in our community and excited that their research and practice is advanced through this support.”
David Andree, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts in Painting, Drawing and Endowments, is a Minnesota native of tribal affiliation with the Red Lake Nation of Ojibwe.
Andree plans to travel to significant Indigenous sites and create new site-specific artworks that explore the land through painting, sculpture and sound, culminating in a publication and exhibition.
Projects include paintings that form themselves on land, creating temporarily frozen fabric sculptures generated by shapes in the landscape, and a musical instrument played by the movement of water in streams.
Rana Young is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Fundamentals and is currently working on a project lies and smilesan exploration of her relationship with her late mother.
lies and smiles is a photo series responding to the archive and absence of Young’s mother, in which she constructs prosthetic memories to reinterpret her life and embalm her mother’s death. Since 2017, Young has explored the lived experiences that led to parental abandonment, imprisonment, and her mother’s persistence in hiding trauma suffered for years.
Young describes familial narratives as a tool to render visual elegies and versions of her mother that she can confront or forgive.
Trent Bozeman is an MFA student with a journalism background interested in how black history is reshaped, documented, and preserved.
His current project is in the Arkansas Delta in Elaine, Arkansas, where Bozeman describes racial segregation as strong as ever. He focuses on collaboration while taking pictures that take a clearer stance on Elaine’s internal politics, societal issues, and culture.
Last summer, Bozeman hosted a photo camp at the Elaine Legacy Center and plans to continue the camp in 2023.
“Giving these children the tools and agency to represent themselves is empowering and can hopefully transform how this place exists for them,” Bozeman said.
The city is currently building the Elaine Civil Rights Museum, and Bozeman intends for all of her work to become part of the museum and archive.
Sky Maggiore is an MFA student, artist, and educator based in rural New York whose practice uses photographic mechanics and language to speculate perceptual ideas.
Maggiore considers how visual media and immersive installations can intervene to question the ways in which photography and queerness intersect. Her exploration of perception and embodiment is fueled by her lived experience as an Appalachia artist.
Through multiple mediums, the work contemplates grief, transformation, survival, persistence, and illegibility within a non-heteronormative existence. They use remnants of their own transition to speak to its ephemeral and non-linear nature. These remnants are used to confront entrenched understandings of the trans experience and become a research site for Maggiore’s work.
Chung Park is a Korean-born American artist and MFA student currently exploring ideas of work, memory, and community by drawing on his personal and family history.
Park comes from painting, but follows an interdisciplinary approach and works between several media. Recent explorations in writing, ceramics, installation and performance have led him to create immersive spaces that activate tensions between comfort and repression.
He has begun project- and research-based art production, which includes works that relate to his Korean heritage, food culture, and immigrant experience.
Maximiliano Oliver Calabotta, an undergraduate art education student, and Brody Parrish Craig, a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing and translation, work together to help the trans community access shared joy stories.
Building on previous work with TWANG’s anthology and creative workshop series, they will collaborate within the Arkansas TGNC community to create a zine publication that responds to the ‘Trans Joy IS’ call. Through generative events, releases and artist showcases, they strive to advance Twang’s mission to collaborate and create a TGNC+ art collective.