February 4, 2016

Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide

University of Chicago Arts
Fellows (left to right): Alejandro Acierto (MFA, New Media Arts, UIC), Richard Williamson (MFA, Visual Art, UChicago), Nicole Bitler (PhD candidate, Evolutionary Biology, UChicago) and Kera Mackenzie (MFA, Moving Image, UIC). West tower of Marina City, Chicago. © Marissa Lee Benedict.

The University of Chicago, Art, Science & Culture Initiative (University of Chicago), the School of Art & Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Earl & Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaborations, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) are pleased to announce the launch of an unprecedented inter-institutional platform for research and exchange. Supporting a select group of Fellows from participating institutions, Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide connects exceptional graduate students and recent alumni from the arts, design, humanities, sciences and social sciences over the course of a year as they pursue their work in the studio, the lab and the field. The consortium’s Fellows collectively engage Chicago’s vibrant urban environment as a shared landscape in which to critically formulate and communicate their diverse disciplinary concerns.

“We have discovered through our work that bringing together graduate students from diverse disciplines to engage in active exchange—sharing their methodologies and tools—is highly productive for each individual’s artistic production and scientific inquiry,” states Julie Marie Lemon, Director and Curator of the Arts Science & Culture Initiative at UChicago. “We are delighted to broaden our work to include graduate students from these other great institutions, enriching and sparking new conversations around the fertile resources Chicago has to offer, and that we can help make available to them.”

Meeting on a monthly basis from October 2015 through June 2016, the nine Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide Fellows will be asked to participate in and self-initiate a series of field trips, seminars, lectures, readings and discussions. With the intention of building an interdisciplinary community, the consortium’s activities are directed to provoke unexpected exchanges, build collegial relationships and allow for unique encounters that would not typically occur within a university setting. “Chicago is an amazing city to explore this, with a wonderful breadth of people, places, systems and structures,” adds Douglas Pancoast, Director of the Earl & Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration and Associate Professor of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A “field guide,” produced in spring of 2016, will collect and present the Fellows’ research over the course of the year, highlighting and examining their distinctive approaches to research and practice while on site “in the field.”

Nominated by their respective institutions, the cohort of nine participants was selected through a faculty nomination process, and includes representatives from the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences:

UChicago Fellows:
Mallory James, PhD student, Anthropology; Nicole Bitler Kuehnle, PhD candidate, Evolutionary Biology; Richard Williamson, MFA, 2014.

UIC Fellows:
Alejandro T. Acierto, MFA in New Media Arts, 2014; Kera MacKenzie, MFA in Moving Image, 2013; Nicoletta Rousseva, PhD student, Art History.

SAIC Fellows:
Satya Basu, MArch, AIADO, 2015; Troy Douglas Pieper, MA, New Arts Journalism, 2015; Tina Tahir, MFA in Visual and Critical Studies, 2015.

Arts, Science & Culture Initiative, University of Chicago (UChicago)
The Art, Science & Culture Initiative cultivates collaboration, active exchange, and sustained dialogue among those engaged in artistic and scientific inquiry within the University of Chicago and beyond.

The Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
The Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration connects the SAIC community to civic, academic, and industry organizations from the local to the global.

School of Art & Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
The School of Art & Art History was founded on the principle that history, theory and practice are intimately entwined endeavors. The Department offers a BA, MA (Art History or Museum Studies), and PhD.

Contact: Julie Marie Lemon, T 773 702 8029, [email protected]

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