November 2018 Alumni and Friends Newsletter
We are constantly in awe of the high quality work our students in the College of Art and Architecture produce. Their efforts show innovative stewardship of the environment and responsibility for the communities in which they live and learn.
Last month, our art and design students, led by Roger Rowley at the Prichard Art Gallery, collaborated with the national For Freedoms campaign, using art to spark civic discourse across the university and mobilize voters for the midterm elections. They held an on-campus kickoff event where participants created posters, later placed on yard signs that popped up throughout the community, that expressed their desires for certain freedoms — freedom from harassment, freedom to demonstrate peaceful activism and freedom from fear, to name a few. The same students created the design for a billboard installed in Lewiston — with the words “What Will (Y)Our Vote Do?” — that received statewide media coverage. It was truly exciting to be reminded of the tremendous power of the youth vote in determining the trajectory of our country. Art and design faculty, including Stacy Isenbarger, Delphine Keim, Johanna Gosse, Casey Doyle and Dave Gottwald, were key in helping students coordinate their efforts.
Students in our Bioregional Planning Program in Boise, led by Jaap Vos, have been winning awards for their urban planning research to make the capital city more bicycle friendly. And just west of Boise in Caldwell, architecture students designed and built a stunning tasting room and outdoor pavilion for the Hat Ranch Winery. It’s one of the projects students in our Design-Build Program, led by Scott Lawrence, are doing to positively impact Idaho’s communities.
Closer to home on the U of I campus, Rula Awwad-Rafferty’s interior design students completely renovated the 4,900 square-foot basement. The basement is designated as the student level for the College of Business and Economics. To the surprise of many, students didn’t factor ping pong tables or foosball tables into their design. Instead, they created serious study spaces — with a contemporary flair — for business students to use for educational purposes.
Dan Cronan’s landscape architecture students also cleaned up campus with renovations to the area outside The Center — the non-denominational sanctuary in Moscow. They presented design ideas for a pergola and helped with general landscaping maintenance to create a more inviting space.
Cameron Perry, a virtual technology and design student graduating this December, recently wrapped up his work in the Polymorphic Game studio with Project Hastur, a video game that teaches evolutionary principles as users work to protect humanity from invading aliens that evolve in response to new defenses. For his work in bridging science and the arts, Cameron will be featured next month in a collection of university commencement stories.
To help secure funding that allows students to produce even more exceptional work, we’re excited to welcome aboard Brad Martin, our new development director. Brad will split his time between the College of Art and Architecture and Idaho’s WWAMI Medical Education Program — and be instrumental in the financial stability of the college.
We are also grateful to the Eggleston family for their generosity in initiating an endowment to support an architecture speaker series for students. The endowment is in memory of architecture alumnus John Eggleston ’84, who passed away last month. Please contact Brad Martin to make a donation to the endowment and honor John’s memory.
Every day, we continue to be amazed at the work our students create. Thank you, as always, for your continued support in making their education a reality.
Shauna Corry, Ph.D.
College of Art and Architecture