April 2020 Alumni and Friends Newsletter
At the University of Idaho, the fourth month of the year serves as an opportunity to celebrate innovation.
A typical April will see the campus buzzing with innovation-themed events and competitions. Although the university has moved classes and events online due to COVID-19, Vandals are still finding impressive and innovative ways to celebrate the great work happening in our campus community. And the College of Art and Architecture is no different.
Over the last year, Landscape Architecture graduate students Katherine Woodhouse and Chad Lorentzen, along with faculty members Daniel Cronan, assistant professor in Landscape Architecture, and Andrew Kliskey and Lil Alessa, president’s professors and co-directors of the Center for Resilient Communities (CRC), have been involved in an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation-funded research project modeling urban growth, agricultural change and solutions for externalities of growth in Idaho's Magic Valley.
Recently, as a collaborative effort with colleagues from the University of New Hampshire and Southern Oregon University, the researchers have been projecting scenarios of landscape change based on stakeholder-based input for factors such as influx in population, climate change and issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all timely and important discussions. Learn more about the project.
In the College of Art and Architecture, we can’t talk about innovation without mentioning our Art + Design program.
Each year, the college hosts a high school art exhibition. Amid concerns of the current pandemic, this year’s High School Art Exhibition was moved to a virtual platform, where we have digitally displayed the works of more than 200 high school students from across the Gem State.
I would like to thank Delphine Keim and Lauren McCleary for their excellent and inspirational work with art faculty and students statewide. We also greatly appreciate the support from Ednetics and Amy DesRosier. Read more about the exhibition, and be sure to check out the incredible artwork and see a list of our winners.
While we take the month of April to celebrate innovations such as the ones mentioned above, it’s also recognized as Landscape Architecture Month.
Our Landscape Architecture program draws students from around the world to study in one of the most diverse bioregions in the nation. Design studios present real-world projects where students and faculty work with community members to develop integrated design solutions that preserve and enhance rural and urban landscapes throughout Idaho and beyond.
Throughout the month of April, the Landscape Architecture Program held digital tool workshops via Zoom which discussed the use of various programs including Sketchup and Lumion, GIS Storymaps, ArcGIS Pro Tutorial and InDesign.
How wonderful and exciting that our faculty rose to, and excelled in, the challenge of engaging our students and the Vandal community in online learning during these difficult times.
The individuals and projects mentioned here are just a few highlights of the innovative research and creative activity happening in the College of Art and Architecture and in art classrooms across the state. I can assure you we have plenty more where that came from.
Stay safe and well, everyone.
Shauna Corry, Ph.D.
College of Art and Architecture
Prichard Art Gallery Receives Grant
The Prichard Art Gallery has been awarded a grant to support a gallery presentation of the work of artist Meg Webster to go on display in 2021. Webster has been at the forefront of the Land Art/Earthworks movement since the 1980s. Her work is featured in many prominent collections throughout the world, including The Panza Collection at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Walker Art Center. She has also created public, site-specific works for the Hudson River Park, Stanford University and the Socrates Sculpture Garden. This project was funded to the U of I Prichard Art Gallery by the National Endowment for the Arts under award 1858716-41-20. The total project funding is $60,000 of which 50% is the federal share.
Check it Out!
We empower Idahoans with tools to solve real world problems in our Virtual Technology Labs. John Anderson, program head of Virtual Technology & Design, has innovated new techniques to create educational, diagnostic and therapeutic tools, empowering individuals with autism — and more. See the video.
I wanted to take time and share with you this meaningful video from the seniors in our Landscape Architecture Program, who took time to thank their faculty and staff for their support and encouragement. We have some incredible students here in the College of Art and Architecture, and I’m so excited to see all the amazing paths they will take post-graduation. See the video.
Dwaine Carver, assistant professor of architecture, in collaboration with Karen Bubb, cultural planner for the City of Boise Department of Arts and History, have written an Arts and Culture Master Plan for Boise Public Works. The plan identifies opportunities within Boise Public Works infrastructural capital improvement projects for art, culture, ecology, public space and citizen engagement throughout the city.
To develop the master plan, the authors interviewed stakeholders and staff, surveyed and researched the national field for related projects, and assessed completed Boise Public Works art projects.
The resulting document outlines a cohesive approach for the next 10 years of the Department of Public Works public arts and cultural investments. It will be published in August.
Early Bird Registration for Summer Design Days is Still Open
During Summer Design Days, June 24-27, students will explore a wide range of art and design disciplines through hands-on projects and informal lectures. This is a great opportunity to experience studio life on the U of I campus and get to know faculty, explore Moscow and learn more about our programs. View workshops and sign up today! Early Bird Registration has been extended to May 1.